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Montpellier vs Troyes Prediction and Betting tips

Montpellier host Troyes on Sunday in the opening weekend of the new Ligue 1 season at the Stade de la Mosson.

The home side got off to a solid start last season, hoping for European football midway through the season before suffering a miserable defeat in the second half of the season. They claimed just three wins in their last 19 league games of the season and finished 13th in Ligue 1 standings, their first bottom-half finish in five years.

Montpellier experienced a miserable pre-season, losing all three friendlies. They will try to put that behind them and start the season on a positive note.

Despite a poor end to the season, Troyes managed to retain their top-flight status right after promotion and will be happy about that. They finished 15th in the league standings with 38 points from 38 games, six above the drop zone, and will look to put in a stronger performance this year.

The visitors have managed to keep the core of their squad together and have also carried out good recruits by firmly signing Canada international Ike Ugbo. They struggled in the off-season but are aiming for a strong start here.


Montpellier vs Troyes head-to-head and key figures

  • There were 20 encounters between Montpellier and Troyes. The hosts have won eight of those games while the visitors have won five times. There were seven draws between the two teams.
  • Troyes are unbeaten in their last three games in this game, having been winless in the previous nine games.
  • The home side lost 19 games last season, the most in Ligue 1 in the last 13 seasons.
  • ESTAC lost the second most away games in the French premier class last season.
  • The visitors scored just 37 league goals last season, with only Lorient and relegated Metz scoring fewer goals.

Montpellier vs Troyes prediction

Montpellier ended the previous season with nine games without a win in the league – seven of those games ended in defeat. They lost all three of their pre-season games and could fight here.

Similarly, Troyes had just one win from their last eight games last season and won just one friendly in the off-season.

Neither side is in encouraging form and could pull out a draw here.

forecast: Montpellier 1-1 Troyes


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Montpellier vs Troyes betting tips

Tip 1 – Result: draw

Tip 2 – Montpellier to concede first: YES (The hosts have conceded their first goal in the last nine games)

Tip 3 – Goals – Over/Under 2.5 – Under 2.5 goals (All but one of the last eight duels between the two teams have produced under 2.5 goals)


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