Claude Puel will send his team out tonight with the objective of seeing off mid-table opposition in order to move a step closer to qualification for next year’s Champions League.
Lyon head into tonight’s tie sitting third in the league, with only goal difference separating them and a place in Europe’s secondary cup competition.
Therefore Les Gones will be up for the challenge that the visiting Montpellier will provide, making the 19/5 odds bwin is offering on a home win an attractive option for those making midweek football bets.
The last five meetings between the two clubs have yielded no draws, with Lyon taking three points on four occasions and Montpellier scraping a 2-1 win in the other.
However, all runs must come to an end in football and punters can back a draw at 57/20. However those looking for larger returns could favour the 7/1-priced away win, with a £10 bet on an upset offering returns of £80.
As long as those odds may seem, those looking to place bets on Montpellier should bear in mind that a Ligue 1 table showing only away results would see Rene Girad’s men sitting fourth in the standings, one place above tonight’s opponents.
If the home fans are to come away from the Stade de Gerland in high spirits, Lisandro Lopez could prove a key figure in the tie.
The forward is Lyon’s top scorer this term, finding the back of the net on no less than 15 occasions. With the attacker in such convincing form, the 3/1 odds offered by bwin on the hitman opening the scoring tonight could attract a lot of the sensible money.
Bafetimbi Gomis and Jimmy Braind have provided Lopez with ample support this season, with ten and six goals respectively, and are priced at 7/2 and 4/1 to break the deadlock.
As well as being clear favourites for the match, Lyon boast an impressive record of beating Montpellier with defeats to nil in three of their last five encounters. Home fans can bet on Lyon to achieve the same feat tonight at 19/20, allowing lucky punters to almost double their money.
Better odds are offered on the visitors coming away with both a win and a clean sheet and while the result is a long shot, odds of 10/1 could attract a few speculative punts.
La Paillade have not been as blessed as a their hosts in the goal scoring department, with just one player reaching double figures so far this term. Olivier Giroud has ten notches this year and will carry the weight of Montpellier’s attacking efforts and the forward is priced at 11/1 to open the scoring.
Those looking to pull off an astonishing betting coup, however, could be attracted by the long odds on Montpellier’s Garry Bocaly. With three goals this term the French right back is the away side’s joint second top scorer and can be backed at a huge 59/1 to get tonight’s game up and running.
A £10 bet on the defender would return £600. New customers can register here to receive a £25 free bet.