ATN Strasbourg vs Montpellier Preview
Strasbourg have defied all expectations so far this campaign as they sit just two points off of a European spot and even more impressively, only PSG have scored more goals than them this season. Their ability going forward has caught many teams off guard, particularly at the Stade de la Meinau where they’re scoring an average of 2.3 goals per game. They’ll welcome this match against Montpellier, a side who’ve won just three of their nine away matches so far.
Montpellier currently occupies the Europa Conference League qualification place. However, that’s largely due to the fact they possess the second-best home form in the division. Away from home is a completely different story. They’re in the bottom half when it comes to away form this season, having won just three of their nine fixtures on the road and conceding an average of 1.6 goals per game when playing away.
Strasbourg’s home league matches are averaging 3.5 goals per game.
Have failed to keep a clean sheet in their last seven meetings with Montpellier.
Only PSG have created more big chances in Ligue 1 than Strasbourg.
Are scoring an average of 2.3 goals per game when playing at home.
Matz Sels had missed out on last week’s win in Metz with COVID-19 and remains a doubt here.
Jean-Eudes Aholou recovered to come off the bench in that match, and could also be an option for the hosts in midfield.
Gerzino Nyamsi and Anthony Caci are also fit again, giving Julien Stéphan a few less selection headaches.
Montpellier’s away league matches are averaging 3.1 goals per game.
Are in the bottom half of the table when it comes to away form.
Are conceding and scoring 1.6 goals per game on their travels.
Have not won five straight league games since 2010.
Are relatively unaffected by AFCON, and could look to steal march on a direct opponent for the European places.
Mihailo Ristic scored the winner in La Paillade’s last match, in the Coupe de France, meaning only long-term absentees Estève and Mendes are otherwise unavailable.
The last ten head-to-heads are averaging exactly three goals per game.
O2.5 Goals @ -109
Strasbourg have certainly been the surprise package this season. However, with both teams being lethal at times going forward and a draw being a disappointing result for each side, expect an excellent matchup with a plethora of goals.
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