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Ligue 1

  • February 25, 2012
  • • 18:00
  • • Stade de la Mosson, Montpellier
  • Referee: B. Varela
  • • Attendance: 21284

Montpellier v Bordeaux Preview: Hosts seek top spot against in form visitors

Montpellier v Bordeaux Preview: Hosts seek top spot against in form visitors


Rene Girard's men could move to the top of the table on Saturday if they beat a Bordeaux side who are on their best run of form since 2009-10. previews the action.



Bocaly, Yangambiwa, Hilton, Bedimo
Saihi, Estrada
Cabella, Belhanda, Utaka


Marange, Planus, Ciani
N'Guemo, Tremoulinas
Plasil, Gouffran, Obraniak


Montpellier boss Rene Girard has no major concerns to be mulling over ahead of the clash against Bordeaux. After snatching a 2-2 draw against leaders PSG. Souleymane Camara was given the nod in the capital, with Remy Cabella set to return after starting from the bench.

Francis Gillot has no pressing injury concerns ahead of the trip to Stade de la Mosson on Saturday. Henrique is still suspended, with Lamine Sane sidelined with injury - both missed last week's 1-0 victory over Lyon.

Gillot is set to continue with the 3-5-2 formation which has transformed les Girondins lately. Languishing near the botttom of the table and in the relegation zone, the 2009 champions have only suffered one defeat in their last ten games to shoot upto ninth place and within sight of a European place.

  • Montpellier remain second in the table, despite drawing 2-2 against PSG last weekend. They were denied victory by a late goal from Guillaume Hoarau.
  • La Paillade have only conceded one goal at home in their last seven encounters.
  • Montpellier won this fixture 1-0 last season. The reverse tie in this campaign finished 2-2, with two red cards issued.
  • Bordeaux have won four games in their last five, and enter this match on the back of a 1-0 win over Lyon.
  • Les Girondins are unbeaten in seven of their last eight trips to Stade de la Mosson.
  • Francis Gillot's men have won three straight league games for the first time in two seasons.

Players to watch

Y. Belhanda

Position: Midfielder

Games: 0

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The Moroccan international has hit a purple patch of form upon his return from a disappointing Africa Cup of Nations. Arguably the stand-out player in the club's title clash against PSG last weekend, Belhanda scored one and carved open Carlo Ancelotti's men time and again. Blessed with vision, and impressive technical ability, les Girondins must keep this man quiet.

C. Carrasso

Position: Goalkeeper

Games: 7

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The Bordeaux goalkeeper has been on form in recent weeks, aiding the team's good run of form with world-class saves where and when it mattered. The former Marseille custodian has been impressive, and though he may not be France's number one, his performances could be catching the eye of Laurent Blanc. Against Montpellier, Carrasso will have to be at his best against Ligue 1's highest scorers.

Editor's Prediction

It is difficult to see past the hosts' irrepressible form of late, and though Bordeaux have been equally impressive in recent times, the guile and creativity of la Paillade who are seeking a title charge.

With potentially first place in Ligue 1 up for grabs with PSG's trip to Lyon later in the day, Rene Girard's men are favourites for another home victory.

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Reader's Predictions

Montpellier HSC MON
Montpellier HSC Montpellier
F.C. des Girondins de Bordeaux BOR
F.C. des Girondins de Bordeaux Bordeaux

Top 3 Predictions

Montpellier HSC MON
2 - 0
F.C. des Girondins de Bordeaux BOR
Montpellier HSC MON
3 - 0
F.C. des Girondins de Bordeaux BOR
Montpellier HSC MON
0 - 1
F.C. des Girondins de Bordeaux BOR