Preview: Montpellier HSC vs. Strasbourg

Preview: Montpellier HSC vs. Strasbourg

A struggling Strasbourg side will make the journey South to Montpellier HSC, eyeing up their maiden victory of the 2022-23 Ligue 1 campaign.

Winless after seven matches, Strasbourg begin the weekend inside the bottom four, with fears mounting over a potential relegation.

While they have only lost two of their opening seven matches, it is the zero in the win column that will be troubling Strasbourg supporters.

Five draws does represent an ability to dig in and grind out a result, but with just five goals scored in their seven matches so far, there is clearly work to do.

Three consecutive stalemates, including two 1-1 draws in that time, have seen Strasbourg build up somewhat of a mini unbeaten run, but that first victory still escapes Le Racing.

Unlike their opponents, Montpellier have not had any issues winning matches this season, having taken three points in a trio of Ligue 1 outings so far.

In sharp contrast to Strasbourg, who have drawn more games than they have any other result this season, Montpellier are yet to record a stalemate in the league.

Despite a return of nine points after seven games, back-to-back defeats will worry the Montpellier faithful, with a loss to Lile two weeks ago followed up with a 2-1 defeat against Angers last weekend.

History suggests that Montpellier are likely to take points once again this weekend, as the hosts currently boast a record reading one defeat in their last 13 meetings with Strasbourg.

Granted, that Strasbourg victory did come in the last fixture between the two, although their previous win before that came all the way back in August 2008.

Montpellier HSC Ligue 1 form:
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Strasbourg Ligue 1 form:
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We say: Montpellier HSC 2-0 Strasbourg
Strasbourg can ill-afford anymore slip-ups if they wish to climb up the table and even at this early stage of the campaign, getting points on the board is crucial.

Being said, Montpellier are a side that have dominated this fixture in recent seasons, with another victory for the hosts expected to follow this weekend.

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