Caen vs Montpellier: Preview, Prediction, Team News, & Lineups
Caen vs Montpellier Preview: Caen and Montpellier will come face to face against each other for the 31st round of this season’s Ligue 1 competition this Sunday, at Stade Michel d’Ornano. The exciting contest is scheduled to start at 4:00 pm GMT.
The home side are in a disastrous run lately with two successive away defeats at the hands of Lyon and Angers. Before the setback, Caen registered 2-0 home win over Strasbourg, which summarizes their inconsistent league season. Caen were unable to control the inflowing attack of the home team in their last fixture, as Angers hammered them with a 3-0 score-line.
Caen have managed 35 points from 30 games with 10 wins and 15 defeats so far. Courtesy of the heavy losses, the hosts are hanging around mid-table, at 13th position to be precise. Patrice Garande’s men are lacking the defensive discipline, which has resulted in a poor negative goal difference.
However, recent three games unbeaten run at home will certainly boost the momentum of the deflated side.
Meanwhile, the visitors are coming into this match with string of disappointing draws. Since the February’s win over Metz, Montpellier have drawn 5 games in a row, which has cost them 10 valuable points. Michel Der Zakarian and co. were held to a 2-2 home draw against Dijon in their last league fixture.
Courtesy of the uncanny league form, the top 4 position is looking miles away for the visitors. The lack of finishing the games off has cost them a mere hope of featuring at least in the next season’s UEFA Europa League.
Montpellier are at 7th place in the league standings with 42 points from 30 games. Besides 9 wins and 6 defeats, the visitors have drawn 15 times in the league campaign so far.
However, with the season going through the final phase, Montpellier should buckle up and stride forward with the intention of turning draws into wins.
Head to Head
The two sides have had a tight affair in the past 21 meetings. The visitors are edging over the hosts with 9-6 wins at the moment. Meanwhile, the two quality sides have shared point in 6 occasions so far.
After Caen registered back to back wins against the visitors in the 2015/16 league season, Montpellier have toppled the hosts in the last 3 league meetings, including a competitive 1-0 victory in the reverse fixture.
Key Players to Watch
The Croatian striker has been the top scorer for Caen this season. Santini has netted 8 goals so far for his club and has shown some quality performances up front.
Although the 28 years old striker have failed to make his mark in last few games, Santini can come back strong and score scintillating goals for his team, which makes him a sought-after player at Caen.
The forward for Montpellier has scored 8 goals and assisted on one occasion so far this season. Coming to this match with a home goal against Dijon in the last match-weeks 2-2 draw, Sio has shown an incredible game sense for his side in difficult situations.
His incredible strength and finishing ability has helped Montpellier to win many games and avoid near defeats. Sio holds a key for the visitors to salvage a vital away win this Sunday against Caen.
The home side will be thrilled by the news of star-midfielder Ronny Rodelin coming back to the training, after being sidelined for most part of the month following a groin injury.
The only injury problem for Caen at the moment sees midfielder Youssef Bennasser sidelined for the game, after sustaining a late injury. He is expected to join his side in the early April.
After the last match-week’s disappointing loss, we can expect the home manager to make some alterations in the starting lineup. Forward Enzo Crivelli, who returns back from the suspension, could start up front in place of Jan Repas.
Similarly, injured midfielder Bennasser should make way to defender Baissama Sankho, organizing 4 men in the back-line for the home side.
Michel Der Zakarian’s men are not facing any injury crisis in their dressing room at the moment. We expect the away side to walk down the middle with power-packed squad.
Following the 2-2 home draw, Midfielder Jonathan Ikone could start up front in place of Keagan Dolly for Montpellier.
Rodrigue Ninga, who impressed in his last league outing should keep his place up front for the away fixture.
Caen vs Montpellier Lineup (Predicted XI)
Caen Lineup (4-3-1-2)
DEF: Silva (RB), Diomande (RCB), Sankho (LCB), Djiku (LB)
MID: Guilbert (RM), Feret (CM), Rodelin (CAM), Bessat (LM)
Montpellier Lineup (5-3-2)
DEF: Aguilar (RB), Mukiele (RCB), Hilton (CB), Mendes (LCB), Poaty (LB)
MID: Ikone (RM), Skhiri (CM), Lasne (LM)
Caen vs Montpellier Prediction
Both the sides have been unable to get their campaign going at the moment with series of unsettling performances. This game could play as a platform for a resurgence for any one of the sides.
The home side have faced 2 league defeats on a row which sabotages their hopes of toppling the visitors, who are undefeated against them in the last 3 meetings.
Meanwhile, with frustrating series of draws, Montpellier would feel this could be their night to turn back into winning ways, by managing a fourth win in the last 4 league meetings against the home side.
Analyzing the current league form, the visitors are looking more likely to register a vital win this Sunday.
Our Prediction: Caen 0-2 Montpellier