Montpellier predictions with latest odds and stats
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The La Paillade, as people call Montpellier in France, did extraordinarily well to finish the 2018/19 campaign in sixth place. Their fine season went slightly below the radar but Michel Der Zakarian is hoping his team would be able to build upon the result and perhaps even challenge for the top-four finish. And just in case you are willing to back their cause, best betting odds for Montpellier can be found at Bet365.
Such an idea might sound like a tall order against the likes of Marseille, Lyon and Lille among others, but Montpellier will have their hopes high after a successful summer. They might not be one of the most notable sides in the league but they have great value and quality within their squad. Unlike the main top-three contenders who went through plenty of trouble this summer with multiple departures, Montpellier have kept the balance.
Montpellier Key Players
The departure of Benjamin Lecompte might be seen as a huge blow to Montpellier’s chances. One of France’s most consistent goalkeepers moved to Monaco but Geronimo Rulli of Real Sociedad is indeed considered a worthy replacement.
Centre-forward Andy Delort is the perhaps the most notable signing of the summer transfer window and the player fans expect to see most of during the 2019/20 campaign. Central midfielder Teji Savanier, however, will be the one to keep an eye on as the most expensive summer investment.
Manager Der Zakarian has been working quietly and effectively to compose a stable squad, packed with plenty of talent and more than capable of mounting (at least) a top-table finish, which ultimately is the goal.
As far as the top flight of French football goes, Montpellier have only one prominent rival. Montpellier supporters regard Nimes as their greatest enemies with the animosity between the two sides stemming back to 1950s. As regional rivals, Montpellier and Nimes contest what’s universally called the Derby du Languedoc or better yet the Derby de l’Herault. The rivalry grew stronger and more pronounced in 1978-79 campaign when a couple of high-profile footballers and former Nimes stars chose to sign for Montpellier. The signings were the ultimate sign of a power shift which began to take form towards the La Paillade.
Montpellier was founded in 1919 under the name General Montpellier Sports Association. The first members of the club were a couple of wealthy citizens of the city aiming to put the club on the sports map of France. Montpellier were among the first clubs in the country to go fully professional since the very beginning – in 1930 when the National Council of the French Football Federation decided to push it up a notch. The club went from Ligue 1 to Ligue 2 and back during its inaugural professional years.
Throughout its history, Montpellier also endured a short spell in Ligue 3 at the turn of the century but went back up to the top-tier under the guidance of Rolland Courbis. It was Rene Girard, however, who turned Montpellier into champions in 2011/12 campaign.
This title remains the only top-flight trophy for a club which was also a two-time Coupe de France champions and once a Coupe de la Ligue winner. Moreover, Montpellier are also proud winners of the UEFA Intertoto Cup from 1999.