Ligue 1

May 18, 2013



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Ligue 1

19:00 +00:00, May 18, 2013

Stade de la Mosson

Montpellier v Lille: Preview

Team Stat Comparison

Montpellier Lille
Matches Played 38 38
Table Position 9 6
Points 52 62
Goal Difference 3 19
Goals for * 1.7 1.4
Goals against * 0.7 1.3
Last 5 L-D-L-W-L D-D-W-L-D
Last 5 home D-W-L-W-D D-W-D-D-W
Last 5 away L-L-L-L-L D-L-W-W-W
*  Goals per match - home matches for home club and away matches for away club
Stats: Montpellier | Lille

Competition Stats

Montpellier Lille
Goals Souleymane Camara 10 Salomon Kalou 14
Assists Rémy Cabella 8 Dimitri Payet 13
Yellows Rémy Cabella 7 Marvin Martin 10
Reds Younés Belhanda 2 Florent Balmont 1
Squads: Montpellier | Lille

Next Matches

Montpellier Lille
4/20 A: Lorient 4/20 A: Marseille
4/26 H: Toulouse 4/27 H: Bordeaux
5/4 A: St Etienne 5/2 A: Bastia
5/10 H: Bastia 5/10 H: Paris Saint-Germain
5/17 A: Paris Saint-Germain 5/17 A: Lorient

Lille boss Rudi Gracia has demanded his side take maximum points at last season's Ligue 1 champions so they stay in the hunt for the final Champions League place.

Lyon currently occupy third, three points above Garcia's side but face a tough trip to Nice tomorrow night.

Nice are level on points with Lille, while St Etienne are also in the mix.

It means victory over Montpellier is a must ahead of next weekend's final game against Les Verts.

"On Saturday, we should go for a victory to give ourselves the best chance of competing in Europe,'' Garcia told reporters.

"Whatever happens at the Mosson, our last meeting against St Etienne will be decisive. Montpellier is a very good team.

"For now, we are fourth. It is up to us to stay there at a minimum. And if we can aim better, we will not say no.''

They come into the game off the back of a 3-0 win over Reims, where Salomon Kalou bagged a brace and Dimitri Payet was on target.

But talk was of Garcia's goalkeeper Barel Mouko who pulled off a number of saves to deny Reims while making his first appearance of the season, filling in for the absent Steeve Elana.

With the first-choice available again, Garcia has a decision to make on whether to stick with the 34-year-old Mouko.

"I have not yet decided who will be our goalkeeper on Saturday,'' he added. "The presence of Barel (Mouko) against Reims was the story of a game.

"Since then, a week of training has gone on. I can only say that Steeve (Elana) really has a combative and determined spirit.''

Their opponents are stuck in mid-table and have little to play for, while five defeats from their last six matches suggests Lille will be big favourites.