PSG Rounding Into Form
Paris Saint-Germain are now just one point behind Ligue 1 leaders Nice and have won three league games in a row. PSG’s offense has been rounding into form as they’ve been scoring with ease recently. On Friday, they’ll host a Montpellier team that they’ve frequently played in shootouts against. Montpellier haven’t been a top half club for the last couple of soccer seasons but they have lost just one of their last five. Ahead of this Ligue 1 Matchday 11 game let’s take a closer look at the PSG vs Montpellier stats and odds.
A look at the PSG vs Montpellier stats shows that this fixture averaged 5.5 goals per game last Ligue 1 season. PSG won both matches last season as they picked up a 5-2 result at home and a 3-1 victory on the road. They’ve won the last eight meetings in Ligue 1 and Montpellier have won just one of the last 14 head-to-head matchups, in all competitions.
PSG Continue to Build Momentum
PSG’s Warren Zaire-Emery plays well beyond his years. The 17-year old midfielder scored Paris Saint-Germain’s first goal vs. Brest on Sunday on a superbly taken long shot. Kylian Mbappe doubled PSG’s lead on a deadly counter attack. However, PSG conceded twice on headers and Brest leveled the match by the 52nd minute.
The Parisians won a late penalty that Marco Bizot initially saved but Mbappe got his own rebound and scored the game winner. PSG won their third straight match in Ligue 1 and Mbappe currently leads the Ligue 1 stats with 10 goals.
In the last couple of weeks, PSG have emerged as one of the best soccer bets today. They’ve scored three goals in each of their last four matches, in all competitions. Luis Enrique’s tenure got off to a slow start but his side continue to build momentum.
PSG managed a dominant 3-0 victory over AC Milan in the Champions League last week. Now, they lead Group F with two wins through three games. Randal Kolo Muani and Ousmane Dembele started on the bench on Sunday but could return to the starting lineup on Friday.
Adams and Al-Taamari Scoring in Bunches for Montpellier
Montpellier got their joint-largest win of the season when they took down Toulouse 3-0 on Sunday. The hosts found success on long balls and set pieces and could certainly employ the same tactics vs. PSG. Akor Adams opened up the scoring with an excellent touch off of a long ball and a half volley. Khalil Fayad scored after Boubacar Kouyate headed on a corner to the back post.
Adams scored his second of the match on another long ball, which was his seventh goal of the season. The Ligue 1 betting odds listed Montpellier as 0.5-goal favorites but they comfortably covered the goal line. Notably, Adams ranks second in the league in goals, only behind Mbappe. The Nigerian striker has been excellent since joining from Norwegian club Lillestrom in the Summer.
Jordanian winger Musa Al-Taamari has also scored five league goals and only Mbappe and Adams have scored more than him in Ligue 1. Montpellier have lost just one of their last five games and have managed three clean sheets in the process. They enter the weekend in 11th place but could climb as high as seventh with a win.
Match Analysis & Odds
On Friday, PSG need to be wary of long balls and set pieces. Both of the goals the Parisians conceded last weekend came on headers and their defense has looked vulnerable at times this season. Regardless, Paris Saint-Germain are -340 moneyline favorites. The PSG vs Montpellier stats show that PSG have scored at least twice in each of the last 12 meetings between these teams.
Under 3.5 goals display -130 odds for this one, though. Montpellier are +750 underdogs and wins vs PSG have been rare for them. Defender Becir Omeragic and forward Arnaud Nordin are injured but Nordin could potentially return in time for this one. Meanwhile, Marquinhos, Marco Asensio and Nuno Mendes are out for PSG.
Bettors can take PSG -1.5 at -135 and each of the last eight Ligue 1 meetings have finished in a multi-goal win for the Parisians. Here, Montpellier +1.5 is priced at +105 as they look to pick up their first point vs. PSG for over four years.