Jean Fernandez's men have struggled to turned draws into wins recently and Al Hain-Cole expects them to go away frustrated once again against les Rouges et Noirs
Jean Fernandez has endured a frustrating start to life in the south of France, particularly after seeing his side surrender a 2-0 lead to draw against Evian in the last match, but his team are 5/4 (2.25) favourites with Coral to come out on top tonight.
Phillippe Montanier was much more content after his team’s ‘complete performance’ in their victory over Ajaccio, and the former Real Sociedad boss is available at 11/5 (3.20) to lead his side to another three points here.
The last thing the home fans want to see is another stalemate, but you can get odds of 11/5 (3.20) on them going home disappointed with a single point this evening.
Fernandez is best remembered for being named Manager of the Year back in 2010 after leading Auxerre to a shock Champions League qualification, although few neutrals look back on that team particularly fondly.
Despite possessing only the 10th best attack in the division, AJA finished third that season due to a defence that let in a miserly 29 goals in 38 games, and this seems to be the blueprint for la Paillade this season.
This is particularly evident at the Stade de la Mosson, where Montpellier have scored three and conceded two in three games so far, to continue the strong home record that has brought them so much success over recent seasons.
Unfortunately, this conservative outlook does not always make for an entertaining spectacle, and the home fans must have been slightly perturbed as far back as pre-season when the last four friendlies reaped just one goal at either end.
After seeing Les Rouges et Noirs lose seven of their last eight away games last term, Montanier's priority must be making new team more difficult to beat on the road, and he will be hoping for a repeat of the 0-0 draw in Lyon in the last away game.
The Frenchman drew more games than any other manager in La Liga last season and a record of seven goals scored with four conceded in his first six games indicates someone who is intent on building from the back in his new job.
With Rennes determined not to lose, those 11/5 (3.20) odds are well worth backing on them securing a third draw in four and consigning their hosts to a fifth stalemate in seven league fixtures tonight.
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Al Hain-Cole is a Liverpool fan, experienced tipster and avid follower of European football. He specialises in accumulators and if you would like to read more from Al you can follow him on Twitter here.