Montpellier vs Caen
France Ligue 1
Date: Saturday, 5th August 2017
Kick-off at 19:00 UK
Venue: La Mosson, 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 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)
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
Montpellier HSC to Win or Draw.