Nice v Montpellier Betting Tips: Fans at Allianz Riviera in for goals

Feb 23 2017

Having lead the way in Ligue 1 for almost the entirety of the first half of the season, Nice now find themselves down in 3rd place, but if they can continue winning then there’s every chance that they can, at the very least, keep the pressure on the top-two. Having said this, against a visiting Montpellier side who’re in decent form right now, the hosts will need to be at the top of their game to get the desired result on Friday night.

Although the visitors aren’t likely to make any real headway in Ligue 1 this season – they’ve got their leaky back-line to thank for that – they’re a team who can score plenty of goals and could easily do some damage in this fixture. Having said that, defensively, Frédéric Hantz’s team have a habit of making life hard for themselves. On this basis, a goal-filled fixture is expected here, and, at odds of 19/20, ‘Over 2.5 Goals’ looks a decent bet.

By operating a more offensive style of play – something that isn’t really in-keeping with the general nature of Ligue 1 teams – Montpellier do score plenty of goals and are currently the 4th highest scorers in the division. However, as touched on above, they find it very hard indeed to keep teams out and have conceded the third-most (43) in all of Ligue 1 this season.

Unsurprisingly, the visiting side find themselves involved in plenty of high-scoring matches – 62% of their away fixtures this season have seen at least three match goals go in, while they come into this fixture having seen ‘Over 2.5 Goals’ land in each of their last five league outings.

Against a Montpellier side who’re prone to conceding plenty of goals, the hosts will certainly fancy their chances going forward, that’s for sure. In fact, backing Nice to score at least two goals in this match also makes plenty of appeal, such has been the level of Montpellier’s defending on the road. Lucien Favre’s team are a very capable attacking unit on their own patch and come into this fixture having scored no less than 27 goals in 13 matches at Allianz Riviera this season, notching at least twice on eight occasions.

Although the hosts really ought to be putting a few goals away in this one, it would be no surprise at all if they were to concede. After all, Montpellier will certainly have a go and, having notched against both Monaco and PSG this season, are no strangers when it comes to scoring against the big teams.

All things considered, the stage looks set for goals when these two meet on Friday night. Punters can take advantage by supporting the two selections discussed.

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