Toulouse vs Montpellier Prediction, Preview, Lineups, H2H & Betting Tips
Two sides from Southern France (region Occitanie) will meet on Saturday night, 12 August 2017, when Toulouse takes on Montpellier at the “Stadium Municipal”. Both teams had a completely different beginning of their new 2017-18 Ligue 1 campaign when last weekend Toulouse lost 3:2 to champions Monaco, while Montpellier won 1:0 over Caen at home. One week later Montpellier are heading to Toulouse where they don’t have a victory since April 2012.
H2H: Toulouse vs Montpellier
Latest matchup between both sides was just three weeks ago and the friendly has ended without a winner – 1:1 draw. Couple of weeks later stakes are high and Toulouse have confidence on their side, coming after two narrow (1:0) victories when facing Montpellier last season. First one of them was on 30 November when Issiaga Sylla scored for Toulouse at home turf and few months later, 2 April, Andy Delort scored a winner for Toulouse at the “Stade de la Mosson” in Montpellier.
Overall balance in last 22 competitive fixtures between Toulouse and Montpellier is: 5 wins for Toulouse, 10 for Montpellier and 7 draws.
Ligue 1: Toulouse vs Montpellier 12.08.2017
Toulouse took the lead twice on its visit to reigning champions Monaco but “Les Rouges et Blancs” have shown their quality and won 3-2. Zinedine Machach and Andy Delort were the two scorers for Toulouse and we don’t have any doubts as regards to their morale on Saturday night.
Les Pitchouns have scored just once in their last five home games and moreover, their last home win came in first half of February – 4:1 vs Bastia. It has been followed by five draws and a loss to Caen, so Pascal Dupraz’s men have all arguments to chase the three points in their opening match of the new Ligue 1 campaign. Especially after a decent attacking display against Monaco.
Montpellier won over Caen with an early second-half goal by veteran Souleymane Camara. Thus La Paillade shown their pre-season efforts were not accidental and this includes some pleasing results: victory vs Saint-Etienne (1:0), followed by a draw vs Lyon (1:1). Nevertheless, these games were friendlies and Michel Der Zakarian’s side have to show more if they want to cut the negative image they had away from home last year. Actually Montpellier was one of the weakest guests (alongside Dijon and SC Bastia) with only 10 points won on the road.
Match Preview: Team News, Squads and Missing Players
Toulouse’s boss Pascal Dupraz will follow situation around central defender Issa Diop, who missed the opening round. If Diop is unavailable once more, he will most likely pick the same selection that started in the Principality of Monaco last Friday. This forms a centre-back duo between captain Christopher Jullien and Steeve Yago.
Situation up front looks clear as well, where Andy Delort seems to be favourite to start and he will have to replace goal scorer Martin Braithwaite who joined English Middlesbrough this summer. Delort will receive support by Corentin Jean and Jimmy Durmaz through both wings, while Brazilian Somalia is one of the available options if Dupraz considers any rotations in the midfield trio.
Michel Der Zakarian has no intention to make any rotations after a successful opening round at home turf. Anyway, Montpellier will probably be more careful away from home and their 4-2-3-1 can easily turn into 4-5-1 if necessary.
Guests from Montpellier are without injured captain Vitorino Hilton and young striker Jérémie Porsan-Clemente, but Giovanni Sio returns in contention after serving a suspension.
Toulouse vs Montpellier Prediction and Betting Tips
Toulouse starts the new term with pretty difficult schedule as besides their opening match in Monaco, next trip is scheduled to Paris. This makes importance of the home game vs Montpellier even greater, otherwise Toulouse can experience worst possible beginning.
Montpellier are pleased with their win over Caen and they have a good schedule as well. After travelling to Toulouse, Montpellier have upcoming matches vs Strasbourg (home), Dijon (away), Nantes (home). Thus their journey to Toulouse may open a wonderful opportunity but we expect more enthusiasm by the home side, to be honest.
Our betting prediction goes on the home team (1X2 Betting) as we expect Toulouse to scoop the whole set of points before their clash vs PSG next weekend. It’s a must win and Toulouse is a team that can be very solid at home.
Possible Lineups of Toulouse and Montpellier
Venue: “Stadium Municipal”, Toulouse.
Referee: Frank Schneider.
Alban Lafont – Kelvin Amian, Steeve Yago, Christopher Jullien, Francois Moubandje – Zinédine Machach, Alexis Blin, Yann Bodiger – Corentin Jean, Jimmy Durmaz, Andy Delort. (4-3-3)
Benjamin Lecomte – Nordi Mukiele, Pedro Mendes, Daniel Congre, Jerome Roussillon – Isaac Mbenza, Paul Lasne, Ellyes Skhiri, Jonathan Ikone – Souleymane Camara, Kevin Berigaud. (4-4-2)