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OL-Montpellier: A dangerous opponent (9 PM, Canal+ Sport)

Published on 12 February 2021 at 6:00 AM
OL - Montpellier : Réception périlleuse (21h, Canal + Sport)
OL will host Montpellier on Matchday 25 of Ligue 1 Uber Eats. For their third match in a row at home, the Lyonnais will face one of the only teams that have managed to beat them since the start of the season. OL will surely feel the need to take a measure of revenge to keep pace with the top of the table.

The context

Three matches at home in just eight days. Still missing the supporters, Groupama Stadium could have given a very exciting week to the faithful, but the current health situation continues to deprive the people of Lyon, fans across the world, of live football. For their part, OL's players have continued to make the supporters proud from a distance, both through their play and through their results, including the last two matches against Strasbourg (3-0) and AC Ajaccio (5-1), the latter to punch their ticket for the Round of 32 of the Coupe de France. It is now time for the most challenging of this set of matches with the arrival of Montpellier, a side who had posed many problems for Rudi Garcia's team at the start of the season.


The challenge

It's time to put the Coupe de France aside for a while, turning our focus back to the league and our current ambitions. Locked in a tight battle at the top of the table, the Lyonnais have done the same as their direct competitors by never dropping any points on the way. Well situated in second place, they remain opportunistic, sitting just two points behind an insatiable Lille since the start of the year. Behind them, though, Paris and Monaco are also in form and will be watching for the slightest misstep to hope to grab a place for themselves atop the table. While the three other teams still in the race for the top positions will hosts teams from the bottom half of the table this weekend, it is Memphis' teammates who will have the most difficult challenge against one of the two teams that have managed to beat them this season.


The opponent

It was beginning to be a long wait at the Mosson. Montpellier had to wait for the weekend of February 7 and their seventh match to finally get their first win in 2021. Victory had eluded them since December 12 and the 14th round of Ligue 1. It was a tough spell for a team who had nevertheless had a great start to the season, keeping up a battle for the European places. By winning 4-2 against Dijon, Michel Der Zakarian's players got their heads right and moved to 11th place thanks to their key men Gaëtan Laborde, Andy Delort and Téji Savanier. Lyon will therefore need to be vigilant in dealing with a new surge of confidence from an always challenging opponent.

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