Match Preview: St Etienne 0-1 Montpellier Prediction and Betting Tips | France (Ligue 1)

St Etienne – Montpellier betting tips for today, May 10, 2019

Kick-off: 19:45 St Etienne – Montpellier
Football: France – Ligue 1
Tip: Under 3.5 Goals
Odds: 1.44
Bookmaker: Bwin
Match Result: 0:1 WON!!!

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Ahead of kick-off, St Étienne have lost just three of their 17 Ligue 1 (L1) fixtures on their own turf (W12, D2, L3). As such, they have good reason to believe that they can build on their outstanding historical top-flight H2H home record against Montpellier (W19, D4, L3).
Impressively, ‘les Verts’ have scored at least two goals in each of their last 19 L1 home victories against all opponents. However, that is an unsurprising statistic, considering that Jean-Louis Gasset’s men can boast L1’s third-highest average number of shots on target per home game (5.71) so far this season.
In an echo of the club’s poor record at St Étienne, Montpellier travel after claiming only two wins across their last ten away fixtures in the top flight (W2, D4, L4). The last three defeats in that sequence have seen Montpellier concede exactly once inside the opening half-hour.
On a more positive note for the visitors though, they boast the joint-third best away defence having conceding just 1.24 goals on average per away match thus far. Scoring first could be a game decider in any case, as Montpellier have won five of the six L1 away games this term in which they netted the opening goal (W5, D1).
Players to watch: St Étienne striker Wahbi Khazri has 13 L1 goals so far, with 11 coming at home.
Meanwhile, Montpellier’s top scorer Andy Delort has 14 league goals so far, with over half (eight) coming before the break.
Stat attack: St Étienne haven’t lost a L1 home game in which they scored at least two goals, since May 2012.
Montpellier are yet to score a goal within the first 15 minutes of any L1 road trip this season.
At all venues, the last eight top-flight H2Hs have produced under 1.5 first-half goals.

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