PSG vs Montpellier Betting and Match Preview: Messi Ruled Out

Written By Alex Blowers on September 24, 2021

On Saturday, midtable side Montpellier travels to Paris to face PSG at the Parc des Princes. The game will be shown live on beIN Sports, with kick-off scheduled for 3PM EST. Read on for my match preview, bringing you all the latest team news, recent form, and stats to help you make better PSG vs Montpellier betting choices.

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PSG vs Montpellier Betting and Match Preview: Messi Ruled Out

PSG

CompetitionOpponentHome/AwayShots ForShots AgainstGoals ForGoals AgainstPossessionxG ForxG AgainstxG Difference
Ligue 1BrestAway16114274%1.511.25+0.26
Ligue 1Stade de ReimsAway12112067%1.820.83+0.99
Ligue 1Clermont FootHome13144052%2.511.04+1.47
Ligue 1LyonHome14122154%2.230.82+1.41
Ligue 1MetzAway1562174%1.150.76+0.39
Total / Average70 / 1454 / 10.814 / 2.84 / 0.864.2%9.22 / 1.844.7 / 0.94+4.52 / +0.90

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PSG vs Montpellier Betting and Match Preview: Messi Ruled Out

Out: Sergio Ramos (Thigh), Juan Bernat (Torn ACL), Colin Dagba (Ankle)
Doubtful: Marco Verratti (Knee), Layvin Kurzawa (Calf), Lionel Messi (Knee)
Suspended: None
Coach: Mauricio Pochettino

PSG find themselves top of Ligue 1 and 7 points ahead of second-placed Olympique Marseille. With a big UEFA Champions League away game midweek against Manchester City, I think we will see Mauricio Pochettino rotate his squad. They can’t afford to lose after drawing 1-1 with Club Brugge in their opening game.

I can’t see Lionel Messi being risked after taking a knock to his knee against Lyon last weekend. I think Neymar will be rested with Ángel Di María taking his place and Mauro Icardi keeping his place up top alongside Kylian Mbappé.

Nuno Mendes will keep his place at left-back, and Achraf Hakimi could be rested. I think Thilo Kehler will get a run out at center back. Idrissa Gueye is suspended for the midweek Champions League and will start in central midfield alongside Ander Herrera and Leandro Parades.

I think Gianluigi Donnarumma will come in for Keylor Navas. Poch has to choose a number one soon to build rhythm and familiarity in the backline.

MONTPELLIER

CompetitionOpponentHome/AwayShots ForShots AgainstGoals ForGoals AgainstPossessionxG ForxG AgainstxG Difference
Ligue 1LorientHome3263157%3.650.46+3.19
Ligue 1LilleAway6151255%0.722.46-1.74
Ligue 1Saint-ÉtienneHome11142042%1.090.86+0.23
Ligue 1TroyesAway681158%0.250.49-0.24
Ligue 1BordeauxHome15153355%1.681.27+0.41
Total / Average70 / 1458 / 11.610 / 27 / 1.453.4%7.39 / 1.475.54 / 1.10+1.85 / +0.37

Stats taken from UnderStat

PSG vs Montpellier Betting and Match Preview: Messi Ruled Out

Out: Pedro Mendes (ACL), Ambroise Oyongo (ACL), Thibault Tamas (ACL), Mamadou Sakho (Hamstring)
Doubtful: None
Suspended: None
Coach: Olivier Dall’Oglio 

It’s likely Olivier Dall’Oglio will restore Brazilian center-back Matheus Thuler to the starting lineup after serving his suspension. The defense let a 3-2 lead slip against Bordeaux when Samuel Kalu equalized in the 85th minute.

Forward Valère Germain scored a brace midweek to put him on three goals for the season. Montpellier have three players out, all with ACL injuries, and former Liverpool center-back Mamadou Sakho is recovering from a hamstring injury.

PSG VS MONTPELLIER BETTING TIPS

Montpellier are unbeaten in three games, but I think that run ends here. PSG should win this game comfortably even if Poch rotates his squad. The players coming in will be fresh after sitting out the midweek win over Metz, and with his strongest eleven still undecided, starting places are up for grabs. Also, Poch can always introduce his big guns off the bench if needed.

I am a little concerned PSG could be distracted by the UEFA Champions League. Winning Europe’s biggest club competition is all the club cares about, and Poch knows another poor result against Manchester City will put him under pressure.

For that reason, I’m going to back Montpellier capitalizing on PSG’s distraction and getting a goal in a valiant loss.

BETTING TIP: Parlay PSG To Win and Both Teams To Score YES +115

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