MOT vs MAR Dream11: Montpellier will be playing hosts to Marseille for their first match of the new season in Ligue 1. It was an underwhelming previous edition for both sides, as they look to climb higher up the league this time around. Montpellier finished at the 8th spot with 14 wins, 12 draws and 12 defeats. As for Marseille, they were in at 5th with 60 points, and were 16 points adrift to 4th placed Lyon.
Marseille do have the resources to challenge for a Champions League spot in the new season, whereas, Montpellier will have to string in a lot more consistency. Both clubs will be eager to start off positively, as it could set the tone for the fixtures to follow.
Date: August 8, Sunday
Kick-Off: 12:15 AM (IST)
Venue: La Mosson
Where to Watch Ligue 1 Live: No Coverage in India
Head to Head
From the last six meetings between the two sides, three games have ended on level terms. Marseille have won two, while, Montpellier have one win in the process.
Injury Report and Unavailability: J Omlin and P Mendes are ruled out due to injuries. T Savanier is unavailable, while, F Mollet is suspended.
Expected Changes and Strategy: D Bertaud should be starting in at goal, while, M Ristic, Thuler, M Sakho and A Souquet could line up as the back four in defence. J Ferri, J Sambia, and J Chotard are expected to feature in the midfield region. S Mavididi, G Laborde and Andy Delort are in contention to lead the attack up top.
Dimitry Bertaud; Mihailo Ristic, Thuler, Mamdou Sakho, Arnaud Souquet; Jordan Ferri, Junior Sambia, Joris Chotard; Stephy Mavididi, Gaetan Laborde, Andy Delort
Injury Report and Unavailability: Arkadisuz Milik is on the sidelines due to an injury. Alvaro Gonzalez is undergoing suspension.
Expected Changes and Strategy: S Mandanda should be starting in at goal. D Caleta Cr, L Balerdi and W Saliba could line up in defence. L Henrique, C Under, C Under, M Guendoui and D Payer should be starting higher up the pitch. Konrad de la Fuente and D Benedetto are in contention to lead the attack.
Steve Mandanda; Duje Caleta-Car, Leonardo Balerdi, William Saliba; Luis Henrique, Cengiz Under, Valentin Rongier, Matteo Guendouzi, Dimitri Payet; Konrad de la Fuente, Dario Benedetto
G Laborde can prove to be the danger man for Montpellier. Laborde bagged 18 goals from 43 appearances last season. He can be included to the MOT vs MAR Dream11 Fantasy Football side.
Dimitri Payet was one of the standouts for Marseille last season. Payet registered 10 goals from 41 appearances, and can be lethal on the set pieces as well. He can be added to the MOT vs MAR Dream11 Team.
Andy Delort scored 19 goals from 34 appearances last season, and could have a big role to play here for Montpellier.
D Benedetto scored six goals from 41 starts last season, but does have the potential to go higher up in the goal scoring tally.
GK: S Mandanda
DEF: M Sakho, A Soquet, D Caleta Car, W Saliba
MID: D Payet, M Guendoui, S Mavididi, J Chotard
FOR: A Milik, G Laborde
With this being the first game of the new season for both sides, it can turn out to be a dogged affair. However, Marseille do have some set piece specialists, and a decent amount of flair up their locker that could nick the win here as per the MOT vs MAR Today Match Prediction Odds.