Lorient vs Montpellier
French Ligue 1
Date: 29 December 2022, Thursday
Kick-off at 16:00 UK / 17:00 CET
Venue: Stade Yves-Allainmat – Le Moustoir (Lorient).
Lorient will be looking to get back on the winning track on Thursday afternoon when they host Montpellier in the 16th round of Ligue 1.
The hosts were one of the most pleasant surprises of the entire competition in the opening ten rounds.
Nevertheless, they run into a crisis, going five successive matches without a defeat and dropping out of the top-four in the table as a consequence.
Thursday’s clash against Montpellier should provide the hosts with a great opportunity to get their campaign up and running again after the World Cup break.
Montpellier have one of the weakest defensive records in the league. They allowed 29 goals in 15 matches (almost two per game) so far in the campaign.
On a positive note for Romain Pitau, his troops did manage to pick up back-to-back wins in the recent friendlies against Rodez (a Ligue 2 side) and Toulouse.
On a negative note, Montpellier are up against a very strong offensive unit on Thursday. Lorient have a genuine predator in the final third in the like of Teremas Moffi who has already bagged ten goals so far in the season.
Moffi is ready to lead the line for his outfit on Thursday and we fancy his chances of exploiting the holes in Montpellier’s back line at Stade Yves Allainmat – Le Moustoir.
Lorient vs Montpellier Head-to-head
- Montpellier will rely on recent tradition since they have won five and drawn one of the previous six encounters with Lorient.
- On another note, Montpellier managed only three wins in the previous 17 H2H clashes in Lorient.
- Three of the last four H2H meetings between these rivals finished with fewer than three goals scored.
Lorient vs Montpellier Prediction
We don’t trust either team’s defense going into this tie. Both teams have continued to struggle defensively in the latest mid-season checks during the WC break.
Since Lorient have generally been much better than Montpoellier overall in the opening 15 rounds, we like their chances of claiming the spoils in front of the home crowd on Thursday. We’ll go with Lorient to win & Both Teams To Score at the 3.75 odds.
Lorient vs Montpellier Betting Tips
Lorient to win & Both Teams To Score @ 3.75 (11/4)
Teremas Moffi to score anytime @ 2.40 (7/5) odd.