Lyon enter the third fixture of their 2020/21 Ligue 1 campaign looking to return to winning ways at Montpellier HSC.
A goalless stalemate away to Bordeaux ended Lyon’s winning start to the new Ligue 1 season. They could not break down the hosts’ defense, with only three of their 20 shots on target concluding a lackluster performance.
Montpellier, on the other hand, head into tonight’s clash fresh from a morale-boosting victory over Nice to get three points on board and will look to add more at the Stade de la Mosson.
Montpellier Form & Stats
After a disappointing opening-day loss to Rennes, Montpellier bounced back last Saturday by beating an in-form Nice 3-1. Not only did they deny their opponents a third successive win, but they did so cunningly at home.
It was a very welcome result for Michel Der Zakarian’s men ahead of some trying fixtures, starting with last season’s Champions League semi-finalists Lyon. Three potential winning games against Angers, Dijon, and Nimes come up afterwards. This could set-up them up beautifully for another top-six challenge this season if they claim maximum points.
The expected returns of Badu and Cozza will strengthen the Montpellier’s hopes of grinding out a strong result against Lyon.
Key Team Stats
- Have only beaten Lyon once in their last eight Ligue 1 games (W1 D3 L4).
- Unbeaten in last three home games against Lyon. (W1 D2).
- Only lost once in their last 14 Ligue 1 home matches.
- Won 5 of their last 6 home games in Ligue 1.
- Over 2.5 goals in last 4 league games.
Lyon Form & Stats
Rudi Garcia’s side were a far cry from the team that demolished Dijon 4-1 a fortnight ago during last week’s goalless draw at Bordeaux. It was a dull performance in general, with the club’s attacking stars proving to be no significant threat to the hosts’ defense.
Not even the Barcelona-linked Memphis Depay, who scored a hat-trick against Dijon, could threaten Bordeaux. The return of Houssem Aouar, however, was positive news for Les Gones. He nearly bagged a late winner as well, only to hit the post instead.
Lyon now need to put the result behind as they plot to get their top-three bid back on track to secure a return to the Champions League.
The Aston Villa-linked Bertrand Traore will likely remain absent for the French giants, but Moussa Dembele may still feature after being forced to leave the pitch with a slight problem at Bordeaux.
Key Team Stats
- Haven’t lost their last six Ligue 1 games (W3 D2).
- Only won once in their last five away games in Ligue 1 (D1 L3).
- Under 2.5 goals in 5 of their last 6 games in Ligue 1.
Montpellier & Lyon Team News
Montpellier: No players missing.
Lyon: Jeff Reine-Adelaide (Injured); Moussa Dembele & Bertrand Traore (Doubtful).