Lille have six cup finals to play over the remaining weeks of the Ligue 1 season. All cliches aside, Les Dogues could take a step closer to an unlikely Ligue 1 title with a Friday night victory over Montpellier. Lille are three points ahead of Paris Saint-Germain in the standings. Paris Saint-Germain are focused on winning a first-ever Champions League Final after qualifying for the semifinals on Tuesday night. With their focus on European competition, they could slip up once more in the Ligue 1 title race.
Montpellier are eighth in the table and on a six-game unbeaten run in Ligue 1. La Paillade posted five draws and a win in their last six matches. They are six points off of fifth-place Lens in the race for the final Europa League spot in Ligue 1. While Michel Der Zakarian’s team have struggled to put together wins over the course of their last six matches, La Paillade have collected points.
The reverse fixture between Lille and Montpellier saw the former claim a thrilling 3-2 win. Timothy Weah opened the scoring for Lille but Montpellier’s Gaetan Laborde equalised just before the 60-minute mark. The teams then traded goals as Jonathan Ikone tallied a penalty for Lille and Andy Delorte scored for Montpellier. With four minutes left on the clock, Burak Yilmaz scored the winner for Les Dogues.
Lille are unbeaten in five straight matches against Montpellier in Ligue 1. Three of those five fixtures ended in wins for Christophe Galtier’s team. Can they keep their table topping form going on Friday?
Lille vs Montpellier City Odds
Lille can put pressure on Paris Saint-Germain this weekend with a victory on Friday night. Paris Saint-Germain play on Sunday at the Parc des Prince against a suddenly in-form Saint-Etienne. Les Verte took points off of Paris Saint-Germain earlier this season with a 1-1 draw. If Lille can win against Montpellier, they will put immense pressure on the Parisians.
The Ligue 1 race isn’t just about Lille and Paris Saint-Germain, however. Going into matchday 33, Ligue 1 is a four-horse race. Monaco and Lyon are also fighting for the title. Monaco are four points behind Lille while Lyon are five points back.
Lille are heavy favourites to win the match against Montpellier on Friday night at home. Les Dogues are at odds of 8/13 to win the match at full-time. Lille took 11 points from the last 18 available. They outscored opponents seven to three.
Montpellier took eight points from the last 18 on offer. They too outscored their opponents with nine for and seven against. La Paillade are at odds of 19/4 to win at the end of the game on Friday night at the Stade Pierre Mauroy. Lille have taken 32 points from 48 possible at home this term. Montpellier have drawn three straight away matches. The teams are at odds of 31/ 10 to finish the match in a draw.
Lille vs Montpellier Team News
Galtier is without the team’s co-leading scorer, Jonathan David. The Canadian international has 10 goals in 31 appearances. Yilmaz has 10 goals as well. David could miss the rest of the season after suffering ankle ligament damage against Paris Saint-Germain on matchday 31. After scoring against Paris Saint-Germain, the striker suffered the injury. Unfortunately for Galtier, David had come into form in mid-January and was playing excellent football following his move from Gent last summer.
Attacking midfielder Yusuf Yazici is a doubt following a positive COVID-19 test. He may not be cleared to play due to fitness for the game this weekend. Defender Jeremy Pied could return to the Lille XI after recovering from an ankle injury.
Der Zakarian has just one player on the Montpellier injury list going into the game this weekend. Defender Ambroise Oyongo is ruled out for the remainder of the campaign following an ACL injury. Montpellier forward Laborde and Delort have been brilliant this season with a combined 23.
The duo has also combined for 15 assists. They have combined for 38 goals by scoring or setting them up. Montpellier have tallied just 14 goals not scored or created by Laborde or Delort. Montpellier’s defence has been a major issue this term conceding 53 times. It is the fifth-most conceded in Ligue 1.
Lille vs Montpellier Prediction
Both teams to score: NO @ 20/21 - BET NOW
Ten of the last 15 games between Lille and Montpellier finished with both teams not scoring goals. Nine of those games saw Lille keep clean sheets versus Montpellier. Lille have won back-to-back Ligue 1 games to nil. After a 1-0 win over Paris Saint-Germain to move back to the top of the standings, they defeated Metz last weekend, 1-0.
Halftime result: Home (Lille) @ 5/4 - BET NOW
Four of the last five matches in Ligue 1 between Lille and Montpellier saw Les Dogues leading at halftime, 1-0. The first half of each of those four games finished with Lille winning 1-0. Galtier’s team must win to keep the pressure on Paris Saint-Germain, Monaco, and Lyon. While Monaco and Lyon could fall off, Paris Saint-Germain will be the team that keeps up with Lille. Just six games remain and 18 points.
Under 2.5 goals scored @ 10/11 - BET NOW
Lille are built on defence and saw their last two matches in Ligue 1 finish with under 2.5 goals tallied. Galtier needs the team to continue to keep the scorelines low and prevent teams from scoring goals. Les Dogues have a difficult run of fixtures upcoming. They face Lyon, Nice, Lens, Saint-Etienne, and Angers following the game versus Montpellier. Two of those teams are in the top five.
Four of Montpellier’s last six games finished with under 2.5 goals scored. They have conceded a lot of goals this term with 53 allowed. They have improved defensively in recent weeks. La Paillade are nearing Europa League qualification, but five draws in their last six games have dented hopes of European football for next term. They could put a dent in Lille’s title hopes. However, their inability to win matches may prevent that from occurring.
Lille vs Montpellier Tips
Here are our Lille vs Montpellier tips for Friday night's Ligue 1 match.
1. Both teams to score: NO @ 20/21
2. Halftime result: Home (Lille) @ 5/4
3. Under 2.5 goals scored @ 10/11
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