Amiens 1-1 Montpellier Prediction and Betting Tips | France (Ligue 1)

Amiens – Montpellier betting tips for today, January 17, 2018.
Kick-off: 19:00
Football: France – Ligue 1
Tip: Over 1.5 Goals
Odds: 1.57
Bookmaker: Betfair
Match Result: 1:1 WON!!!
Match Preview
Amiens will fight to put some distance between themselves and the relegation zone in this round 21 encounter, while Montpellier will hope to close the gap on the European places. This match will mark the first ever meeting between them at the Stade de la Licorne in Ligue 1 (L1) history.
The last clash between these two sides at Amiens’ stadium was played on January 16, 2009 in Ligue 2 (L2) and the hosts won 2-0.
In six previous meetings at the Stade de la Licorne in all competitions, Amiens have won five and the other game was drawn. Indeed, Amiens is a hostile place for Montpellier, as they have never won even a single game. In the reverse fixture, Amiens obtained a well-earned draw (1-1) thanks to Danilo Avelar’s late equaliser (88’ min).
Currently 16th in the standings, Amiens and are only two points above the red zone. On a dreadful run of five straight defeats in all competitions and scoring only one goal in the process, Christophe Pélissier’s men come into this game after two fresh loses against PSG in the League Cup (0-2) and Nice in L1 last Saturday (1-0). About their current situation, coach Pélissier said: “We always say that after the rain comes the good weather, I hope the sun will come back quickly.”
After two rough qualifications in the French Cup against fifth division side Pontarlier (1-1, 2-4 PEN) and at Angers in the League Cup (0-1), Montpellier managed a very good draw in L1 last weekend, against title-holders Monaco at home (0-0). Presently in the first part of the L1 table, teammates Michel Der Zakarian’s side sit eighth place in the standings. In the Monaco post-match presser, coach Der Zakarian said: “We saw a big match, high level, with a lot of intensity, rhythm, play forward …”
Players to watch: Amiens’ best player so far this season has been Moussa Konate who has four goals and one assist in L1. However, he has not scored in his last five L1 matches. Will the Senegalese find the net once again in this clash?
On the other hand, Montpellier striker Giovanni Sio has been directly involved in a third of his team’s 17 goals. Indeed, he has a record of four goals and one assist in L1 this season.
Stat attack: Montpellier are unbeaten in their last seven away L1 games. With 13 goals conceded in 20 matches so far, Montpellier have the best defence in the league. Consequently, they have seen less than three goals scored (total) in 14 of their last 16 games. If Amiens want to break Montpellier’s defence, they will have to solve their problem up front. Indeed, they have failed to score in their last six matches in all competitions. Furthermore, Montpellier have recorded five clean sheets in their last seven away games in the league.

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