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  • January 14, 2012
  • • 20:00
  • • Stade de la Mosson, Montpellier
  • Referee: S. Lannoy
  • • Attendance: 18889
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Ligue 1 Preview: Montpellier HSC - Olympique Lyonnais

Ligue 1 Preview: Montpellier HSC - Olympique Lyonnais

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The Ligue 1 title-chasers face off on Saturday night, with both aiming to make ground on leaders PSG at the top of the table


PROBABLE LINE-UPS

MONTPELLIER

Montpellier HSC
Jourden
Bedimo, Hilton, Yanga-Mbiwa, Bocaly
Marveaux, Estrada
Cabella, Utaka, Dernis
Giroud


LYON


Lloris
Dabo, Umtiti, Gonalons, Cissokho
Kallstrom, Fofana
Briand, Gourcuff, Bastos
Lisandro Lopez




Montpellier coach Rene Girard has no major injury concerns ahead of the visit of Lyon in Saturday night's clash at Stade de la Mosson.

La Paillade might have exceeded expectations in the first half of the season, but with up to four key players being selected for next week's Africa Cup of Nations, Montpellier will have to overcome a severe test to their unlikely title credentials.

Abdelhamid El-Kaoutari, Younes Belhanda (Morocco), Souleymane Camara (Senegal), and Jamel Saihi (Tunisia) miss out for the next few weeks, with 13-goal Olivier Giroud once again the focal point in attack.

Meanwhile, Lyon are still hamstrung by injuries to their defence. Anthony Reveillere and Dejan Lovren both missed Wednesday's morale-boosting 2-1 win over Lille, and with Cris already sidelined, Samuel Umtiti may continue his unlikely run in the first-team.

Guieda Fofana and Michel Bastos are set to return to the fold and could replace Clement Grenier and Alexandre Lacazette as Remi Garde looks to build on les Gones' fourth place standing.


DID YOU KNOW?
  • Montpellier were defeated 4-2 by Evian in their previous league game last month.
  • La Paillade have dropped just five points out of 27 at Stade de la Mosson in 2011-12.
  • Despite their second place standing, Rene Girard's men are winless in their last three games.
  • Lyon lost in Valenciennes 2-1 on matchday 19.
  • Les Gones are unbeaten in their last seven against Montpellier.
  • Despite that, Remi Garde's men have been defeated in five of their last seven games on the road in Ligue 1.
  • Lyon have been drawn to face FC Lorient in the Coupe de la Ligue semi-finals on 31 January.
Absent face Lyon-Duchère (3-1), dimanche, lors des 32es de finale de la Coupe de France, Cris (cuisse) ne sera pas remis pour la réception de Lille, ce mercredi (20h45), à l'occasion des quarts de finale de la Coupe de la Ligue.

Dejan Lovren (tendon d'Achille - photo Presse-Sports) et Antonhy Réveillère (tendon d'Achille) sont, pour l'heure, incertains.

Enfin, Bakary Koné (Burkina Faso) et John Mensah (Ghana) sont, eux, absents. Ils préparent actuellement la Coupe d'Afrique des nations (21 janvier - 12 février).

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Montpellier

Olympique Lyonnais

Wins
1
0
4
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Montpellier HSC MON
Montpellier HSC Montpellier
Draw
Olympique Lyonnais OL
Olympique Lyonnais Olympique Lyonnais
16%
18%
66%

Top 3 Predictions

Montpellier HSC MON
1 - 2
Olympique Lyonnais OL
Montpellier HSC MON
1 - 1
Olympique Lyonnais OL
Montpellier HSC MON
0 - 2
Olympique Lyonnais OL

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