Montpellier vs Strasbourg Prediction: French Cup Match on 02.01.2022
Mavididi is an important player for Montpellier; he has 6 goals and 3 assists to his name this season in 18 appearances. He will be crucial in the match against a tricky Strasbourg side.
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Can Montpellier Extend Their Winning Run to 4 Matches in a Row?
This form has propelled Montpellier to 5th on the Ligue 1 table, level on 31 points with Rennes on 4th, and 2 points behind 3rd-palced Marseille.
Olivier Dall’Oglio will prepare his side’s mentality to be ready for the French Cup game against a strong Strasbourg side.
After back-to-back losses to Rennes (2-0) and Lyon (1-0), Montpellier have responded by winning 4 straight matches in Ligue 1, scoring 12 goals and conceding 2 in the process.
Can Strasbourg Halt Montpellier’s Momentum?
Strasbourg have the team and discipline to cause Montpellier difficulties during the match. Given it is a cup game the Strasbourg squad will approach the game without any heed to form in Ligue 1.
Strasbourg’s form in Ligue 1 has been stop-start. But they have performed fairly well in the cup, and will be looking to progressing to the round of 16 of the French Cup at the expense of Montpellier.
Ajorque has contributed 9 goals and 5 assists for Strasbourg this season in 17 appearances. His partnership with Diallo has resulted in 17 direct goals and 6 indirect ones for Strasbourg. Ajorque will be crucial in driving Strasburg forward in the match against Montpellier.
Montpellier will have the momentum and the home advantage, albeit with reduced fans due to Covid-19 restrictions. Montpellier will be the favorites to progress to the round of 16.
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The stop-start form by Strasbourg leaves them 10th on the table with 26 points, 5 points behind Montpellier at 5th.
Montpellier will be looking to extend their 4-match winning run to five when they welcome Strasbourg in the French Cup fixture on Sunday at 16:00 GMT.
Possible Starting Lineups
- Omlin; A. Souquet, N. Cozza, M. Sakho, M. Ristic; J. Ferrir, J. Chotard; J. Sambia, T. Savanier, S. Mavididi; E. Wahi
- Sels; F. Guilbert, L. Perrin, G. Nyamsi, A. Djiku, A Caci; A. Thomasson, J. Bellegarde, i.Sissoko; H. Diallo, L. Ajorque
Players to Watch
In Ligue 1, Montpellier have hauled 12 points from the available 18. This run of fixtures is level with the 12 points collected by Lille and Paris St Germain in the last 6 rounds of fixtures.
Olivier Dall’Oglio’s side have won 3 straight matches in Ligue 1. When the 1-0 victory over Andrezieux in the French Cup is included, Montpellier have won 5 rounds of fixtures in a row.
Strasbourg have plundered 2 wins, 3 draws and 1 defeat in their last 6 rounds of fixtures. In this run, they have collected 9 points and dropped 9 in the process.
Olivier Dall’Oglio does not have any injuries to report in the Montpellier camp. This will be a boost ahead of the cup game against Strasbourg and the Ligue 1 schedule, as they look to step up their quest to challenge for Champions League places.
Strasbourg will be without long-term absentee Lebo Mothiba; the 25-year-old center-forward is nursing a knee injury he suffered on August 5th. Other than Mothiba, Strasbourg have all their squad available for selection.