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Montpellier vs Caen: Predictions, Preview, H2H, Lineup + Betting Tips – 05/08/2017

Montpellier vs Caen
France Ligue 1
Date: Saturday, 5th August 2017
Kick-off at 19:00 UK
Venue: La Mosson, Montpellier

Team News:

Montpellier:

New manager Michel der Zakarian looks set to install a 4-4-2 similar to the one he employed at Nantes, to cope with the departure of Steve Mounié and potentially Ryad Boudebouz.

Jonathan Ikoné and Isaac Mbenza, both January signings, should play on the wings.

Benjamin Lecomte, Giovanni Sio and Pedro Mendes have all swapped Brittany for the south of France and look set to be regulars as well.

Caen:

Caen have spent cannily in the transfer window, and the permanent signing of young right back Frédéric Guilbert looks to be the best of those deals, although Baissama Sankoh and Stef Peeters should also feature.

Alexandre Djiku should also start regularly, although he looks more likely to be played at centre back than on the right side of defence.

Montpellier vs Caen Head to Head [H2H]:

07.04.17 SM Caen 0 – 2 Montpellier HSC (0 – 0)
14.10.16 Montpellier HSC 3 – 2 SM Caen (1 – 1)
23.01.16 Montpellier HSC 1 – 2 SM Caen (1 – 1)
19.09.15 SM Caen 2 – 1 Montpellier HSC (1 – 1)
18.04.15 Montpellier HSC 1 – 0 SM Caen (1 – 0)

Facts:

Montpellier HSC have lost their last 5 league games

SM Caen have won just 3 of their last 19 away matches in Ligue 1

Montpellier HSC have won only 2 of their last 12 Ligue 1 matches

SM Caen have managed just 1 wins in their last 11 league games

SM Caen are unbeaten in 5 of their last 6 away matches in Ligue 1

Montpellier HSC have won only 1 of their last 6 home Ligue 1 matches

Montpellier HSC have been defeated in 4 of their last 5 home Ligue 1 games

Montpellier HSC have lost by 2+ goals in 4 of their last 5 Ligue 1 games

Montpellier HSC have failed to score in 4 of their last 5 matches in Ligue 1

Our Prediction:

Montpellier HSC to Win or Draw.

Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez agrees to Join West Ham in £13 million Deal

Mexico striker Javier Hernandez has agreed to return to the Premier League with West Ham, the club confirmed Thursday.

“Chicharito” is expected to undergo a medical on Monday, ESPN Mexico reported, ahead of a move to the London club from Germany’s Bayer Leverkusen, where he had been set to enter the final year of his contract.

A club statement said: “West Ham United and Bayer Leverkusen have agreed terms for the transfer of Javier Hernandez to London Stadium.

“The former Manchester United and Real Madrid striker will fly to London in the coming days to finalise personal terms and undergo a medical with the Hammers.”

Sources close to West Ham had told ESPN FC a day earlier that a deal was close to completion, with Hernandez’s £13 million (€14.5m, $16.9m) release clause set to be activated.

If all goes as planned, Hernandez, who became Mexico’s all-time leading goal scorer in May, could make his West Ham debut against former club Manchester United at Old Trafford on Aug. 13.

Hernandez left United for Leverkusen in 2015 having netted 59 goals in 157 appearances for the Red Devils, and he has continued to score goals in the Bundesliga.

The 29-year-old has 39 in 76 appearances for Bayer since his arrival, but he has been interested in a move back to the Premier League.

Hernandez played four seasons at Man United after moving from Chivas in 2010. He then played for Real Madrid on loan in the 2014-15 season, scoring nine goals in 33 appearances in all competitions.

He moved to Bayer Leverkusen in August 2015 for a reported fee of £7.3m, meaning the Bundesliga club is set to make a profit as Hernandez returns to England.

Hernandez would be the third Mexican player to suit up for West Ham, after Guillermo Franco in the 2009-10 season and Pablo Barrera the next campaign, though both were largely unsuccessful at Upton Park, the Hammer’s former home.

Up to this point, West Ham had been frustrated in their attempts to land transfer targets this summer, with Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud, Chelsea’s Michy Batshuayi and Manchester City’s Kelechi Iheanacho all linked with moves to the London Stadium.

However, Austria forward Marko Arnautovic is reportedly due to have a medical in the next 48 hours after the Hammers agreed a deal with Stoke City in the region of £24m.

Meanwhile, West Ham have agreed a deal to sell goalkeeper Darren Randolph to Championship club Middlesbrough, sources told ESPN FC on Thursday.

The move comes after the Hammers made a splash on Tuesday by completing a season-long loan for Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart.

Manchester United 2-0 Manchester City: Red Devils See Off City Rival in Champions Cup

Romelu Lukaku became the first-ever player to score in a Manchester derby outside England as Manchester United beat rivals City 2-0 in the International Champions Cup.

But it was a debut to forget for City’s new signing Ederson Moraes, who Pep Guardiola brought in for £34.7m from Benfica to put an end to the goalkeeping problems that dogged his first season in charge.

The Brazilian was at fault for Lukaku’s 35th minute opener when he ran out of goal to cut out Paul Pogba’s through ball, but was beaten to the ball by the United striker, who then expertly squeezed in a finish from a tight angle.

And two minutes later United doubled their lead when Marcus Rashford exposed City’s wide open defending to latch on to Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s well-timed pass and fire a low shot past Ederson.

Guardiola had started with an experimental side for his first game of the preseason. Kyle Walker made his debut following his £50m move from Tottenham while 17-year-old Phil Foden started in midfield and looked neat and composed on his first ever appearance for the first team.

The Stockport-born midfielder linked up neatly with Kevin de Bruyne and midway through the first half brought a good save from United keeper David de Gea, who also tipped a Sergio Aguero deflected shot over the bar.

Jose Mourinho, meanwhile, started with a strong lineup that looked something close to the team that will kick off the season back in Europe in the Super Cup against Real Madrid on Aug. 8.

But both sides made a raft of changes at half-time with seven new players coming on for City, including forgotten men Samir Nasri and Eliaquim Mangala — back after season-long loans away from the club — while United made four substitutions of their own.

But Rashford and Lukaku stayed on the pitch and almost extended United’s lead at the start of the second half. Ederson did well to tip wide Rashford’s mishit cross before Lukaku slammed a vicious, curling shot against the post after John Stones had gifted him the ball on the edge of the box.

Nasri went close to pulling a goal back in the 72nd minute when Sergio Romero’s clumsy punch dropped to the Frenchman, but his 30-yard lob looped over the bar.

Gabriel Jesus wasted another opportunity when he shot off-target from 10 yards out while Fernandinho’s late long-range effort was tipped over the bar by Romero.

UEFA Europa league Play-offs: Aberdeen through, Galatasaray eliminated – 2017/18

Turkish giants Galatasaray were eliminated 3-1 on aggregate in the Europa League’s second qualifying round after a 1-1 home draw against tiny Swedish side Ostersunds FK on Thursday.

Holding a 2-0 lead from the first leg, Ostersunds took an unassailable advantage on the hour mark, when Brwa Nouri converted a penalty after Saman Ghoddos had been taken down in the box by Galatasaray keeper Aly Keita.

Ahmet Calik pulled a goal back for the hosts nine minutes later, redirecting a volley attempt from close range, but they could muster no more as the Swedes easily advanced.

Meanwhile, Greg Stewart and Gary Mackay-Steven scored their first goals for Aberdeen as the Scottish side beat Siroki Brijeg 2-0 to reach the third qualifying round.

After a 1-1 draw in the first leg at Pittodrie, Derek McInnes’ troops were on the verge of an early exit before Stewart’s strike 18 minutes from time in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Stewart, on a season-long loan from Birmingham, fired into the far corner on his first start for the club to ease the nerves of the travelling Dons faithful.

Scotland winger Mackay-Steven, a summer arrival from Celtic, rounded off the victory six minutes later with a left-footed shot after fine work from Ryan Christie.

McInnes’ side will now face Apollon Limassol of Cyprus in the next round.

Elsewhere, a goal from AEK Larnaca‘s Florian Taulemesse just after the half-hour mark condemned Cork City to defeat in the second qualifying round.

French forward Taulemesse secured a 1-0 win for hosts AEK, of the Cypriot First Division, and a 2-0 victory on aggregate.

Shamrock Rovers were also eliminated at the second qualifying-round stage by Czech side Mlada Boleslav.

League of Ireland Premier Division outfit Shamrock lost 3-2 at home in the first leg and failed to overturn that deficit at the Mestsky Stadium.

First-half goals from Jan Chramosta and Golgol Mebrahtu sealed a 2-0 victory for the hosts on the night and a 5-2 triumph on aggregate.

Manchester United closing in on £40m deal for Nemanja Matic of Chelsea

Manchester United are closing in on a deal for Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic and could sign the Serbia international before the end of the week, sources have told ESPN FC.

The 28-year-old, who returned to Chelsea for a second spell at Stamford Bridge in a £21 million transfer from Benfica in Jan 2014, has emerged as Jose Mourinho’s top target in his attempts to recruit a new defensive midfielder, with United being given no encouragement in their efforts to prise Eric Dier from Tottenham.

Tiemoue Bakayoko, Mourinho’s No. 1 option for the holding role, is expected to sign for Chelsea from Monaco — a move that will unlock the door for Matic to head to Old Trafford.

With the summer transfer window officially opening on July 1, clubs are likely to accelerate their business later this week ahead of the start of preseason training.

And with Chelsea confident of signing France international Bakayoko before flying to China for the first leg of their preseason tour, United are preparing to complete a deal for Matic, who could cost as much as £40m.

Mourinho has so far added just one player to his squad since the end of last season, with Sweden defender Victor Lindelof arriving at United from Benfica earlier this month.

The former Chelsea manager had been determined to have the bulk of his summer signings in place before taking his squad to the United States on July 9 for the start of preseason preparations.

But while Matic is a deal that United believe they can do before the flight to the States, they are still yet to make a significant breakthrough in their efforts to sign Spain striker Alvaro Morata from Real Madrid.

And efforts to sign Ivan Perisic from Inter Milan have also hit a roadblock with the Italian giants demanding €55m for the Croatian winger — a figure regarded as too high by United.

Man City Accept £24m Iheanacho Bid From West Ham

Manchester City FC has accepted a £24m bid for Nigerian striker Kelechi Iheanacho from premier league side West Ham United, making the footballer the most expensive Nigerian player ever.

Kelechi Iheanacho will be undergoing his medical on Sunday in Italy.

With the said fee of £24m that West Ham is splashing on him, Kelechi became the most expensive Nigerian player as his fee eclipsed the 20 million pounds Chanchung Yatai paid for Odion Ighalo, for his transfer from Watford during the last winter transfer window.

Iheanacho, 20, will team up with West Ham on a permanent deal, with Manchester City including a buy back clause of after two years ‎on the deal according to reports gathered by Owngoal Nigeria.

Iheanacho lost his spot at Manchester City following the arrival of Gabriel Jesus in the January transfer windo, who pushed him further down the pecking order.

His move will officially be announced on Sunday after a medical which will take place in France, where he is on duty with the Super Eagles of Nigeria for the games against Corsica and Togo.