Stadium: Stade de la Mosson (Montpellier).
Referee: Jerome Brisard.
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La Palliade entered the season with a bunch of problems. The crisis lasted from the 2nd half of the last French championship. It seemed that only a change of coach could make a difference, but Olivier Dall'Oglio is holding on. Montpellier has three wins in the asset after five rounds of being in 5th place. Surprisingly, the team scored seven goals against Brestois the day before the last match, despite the squad's problems. Stephy Mavididi has not played in the current Ligue 1, and Téji Savagnier serves his suspension. Jonas Omlin will not play due to a red card, and Sacha Delaye, Dimitry Bertaud, Pedro Mendes, and Théo Sainte-Luce are injured. The latter, by the way, was on the field four times, and he was injured during the last game. Despite the losses, the club was not very active in the transfer market in the previous month: only Christopher Julien and Bingourou Kamara were newcomers.
The club beat Ajaccio 2:0 at home in the last round. Montpellier could have conceded, but the opponent did not take the chance. After the first goal, La Palliade was on the powerplay, but it did not last long: Jonas Omlin was penalized in the first half. Towards the end of the game, Elye Wahi doubled the lead. It was already the 3rd goal of the young striker in the current championship.
Lille rebuilt the team in the offseason, but the club's core was still retained. Jonathan David and Jonathan Bamba still form an attack, but the coach is looking for a third forward and experimenting with combinations. At first, Mohamed Bayo was in the starting lineup. Later, he was replaced by Edon Zhegrova, but both have not scored a single goal in the current championship. The return of Timothy Vea, who missed the start of Ligue 1 due to injury, could solve the problem. In the infirmary is Remy Cabella, who will also be expected to be creative in attack. In terms of xG, the Mastiffs are still only 9th, and they haven't had many problems realizing chances.
In five championship rounds, Paulo Fonseca's wards have only two wins. In the last match, Lille lost at home to Nice 1:2. The Mastiffs scored first, then twice fouled inside their penalty area and let the opponents take the lead. In the 2nd half Lille had chances to restore the balance in the account, while in the defense, the team did not commit any serious mistakes. The most noticeable in the attack was Yusuf Yazıcı, who had a resulting pass and an unrealized one-on-one. It's a bit surprising that Lille sent Yazıcı to Trabzonspor and Andre Gomes, on loan from Everton, is likely to try to replace him.
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Lille had no particular problems in the attack against Nice. Montpellier already had enough problems in defense, and in the last round, even against the Ligue 1 newcomer, they had enough mistakes in their penalty area. Nevertheless, La Pallaide has somehow learned to get on without Téji Savagnier, and the same Elye Wahi is in decent form. The last head-to-head encounter could have been much more productive, and before that, the teams had regularly exchanged goals.
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