Sochaux vs. Montpellier Preview: Montpellier Determined To Win Despite Poor Away Performance

Updated: January 14, 2014
Montpellier - Remy Cabella

Despite their poor away performance, the online bookie favorite, Montpellier travels to Stade Bonal with confidence that they will secure extra points and veer away from the relegation zone.


Match Date: 18 January 2014 (local time)

Venue: Stade Bonal

Team Form


Sochaux are compelled to snatch a win to ensure their survival this season.
With the 2-0 loss to Lyon, the club almost dropped to the rock bottom part of the table. They have already lost five (5) of their last six (6) matches and they can no longer afford to miss an opportunity to improve their rank.
Defender Stopilla Sunzu and midfielder Nathan Sinkala have already joined Sochaux rank and their entry is expected to boost the club’s performance. But it is also up to Hervé Renard’s creativity on how he will use the two (2) players in order to address the shortcomings brought by their pressing injury issues.



Montpellier is just a point off the relegation zone and this makes them a highly vulnerable club. One wrong move and they will easily slip into the dreaded zone.


Going against Sochaux and securing three (3) extra points is crucial for Montpellier. Their next match is pitted against Ligue 1 leader, Paris Saint Germain and losing this one places them in a compromising situation. They need to create a buffer zone that will salvage them from a possible drop in the event where the odds do not turn into their favor.


Montpellier is having troubles dealing with their away matches. Fifteen (15) of them ended in a defeat. Now is the best time for them to end such decadent cycle if they still want to remain in France’s top-flight league.


Online betting top pick:  Montpellier

Despite a poor performance during its last six (6) matches, Montpellier remains a top pick in the match. Compared to Sochaux their overall form is more promising. But they cannot afford to go for another draw as this will barely have an effect in their rank.



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