Probable Lineups

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Probable Lineups Statistical Comparision

(52) 27 Goals 31 (56)
(34) 23 Assists 23 (40)
(6.7) 6.9 Average Ratings 6.7 (6.7)
28.2 Average Age 29
180.5 Average Height (cm) 178.2
(0.9) 0.9 Shots pg 1 (0.9)
(47%) 50% Aerial Duel Success 38% (47%)
(0.7) 0.5 Dribbles pg 0.5 (0.5)
(1.5) 1.5 Tackles pg 1.4 (1.1)
* Values in brackets (x) are overall player statistics in Ligue 1.

Missing Players

Player Reason Status Rating
Garry Bocaly Out 6.7
Joris Marveaux Out 6.43
Benjamin Stambouli Out 6.99
Karim Aït Fana Out 6.3
Jamel Saihi Out 6.53
Cyril Jeunechamp Out 6.54
Abdelhamid El Kaoutari Out 7.1
Younès Belhanda Out 6.86
Player Reason Status Rating
Arnaud Le Lan Out 6.4
Wesley Lautoa Out 6.97
Lamine Koné Out 6.85
Benjamin Corgnet Out 6.93
Bruno Ecuele Manga Out 7.34
Lucas Armando Mareque Out N/A
Mathieu Coutadeur Out 6.66
Alain Traoré Out 7.24

Team News

  • Benjamin Stambouli is a long term absentee for Montpellier after sustaining a fractured foot, while fellow midfielders Jamel Saihi and Joris Marveaux are both still unavailable.
  • Younes Belhanda and Abdelhamid El Kaoutari are both in South Africa for the African Cup of Nations.
  • Garry Bocaly is still out with a hip problem, Karim Ait-Fana is still on the sidelines and Cyril Jeunechamp has been banned for a year.
  • Lorient are set to be without a number of first-team players.
  • Benjamin Corgnet is out due to a thigh injury, while Wesley Lautoa has an achilles problem.
  • Arnaud Le Lan and Lamine Kone both have back complaints, and Bruno Ecuele Manga has not yet recovered from a knee injury.
  • Mathieu Coutadeur and Lucas Mareque are both still short of fitness, whilst Alain Traore is on African Cup of Nations duty.

Prediction

  • Montpellier welcome Lorient to the Stade de la Mosson hoping to turn their fortunes around following a difficult first half of the campaign.
  • The champions were soundly beaten 4-1 by Lille in their last league encounter, and will face a difficult challenge in this contest as they face a Lorient side that sits just outside the top four after a good run of form.
  • Les Merlus have lost just one of their last six league encounters and romped to a 5-1 win in the Coupe De France at the weekend. Montpellier also showed good form before the winter break, but their defeat at Lille was a clear example of just how far La Palliade have fallen since their stunning title win last term.
  • Rene Girard's man will still go into the clash as favourites, and with Lorient struggling with a clutch of injuries, Montpellier may be able to edge their way to a win.
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