Round 1 Victories
Paris Saint-Germain’s stranglehold over Ligue 1 started 10 years ago. Before they ascended to dominance, they fell short to Montpellier, who won in 2011-12. Since then, PSG have won eight league titles, while Montpellier has sat mid-table. PSG will be defending their title, Montpellier will look to improve on a worst finish since 2016-17.
Both teams won their openers, PSG dominant in a 5-0 shutout, Montpellier a 3-2 win, scoring in the 81st minute.
Anyone Stopping Paris Saint-Germain?
So, last season Paris Saint-Germain won Ligue 1 by 15 points, but no Champions League success, It was certainly a letdown year. It was also the catalyst of many changes this offseason with a new manager, Christophe Galtier, and soccer advisor, Luis Campos, creating a better roster with PSG.
During this transfer window, PSG hasn’t gone after the big-name players as they have in past seasons, signing Lionel Messi and Sergio Ramos last summer. So, this summer, they signed midfielder help in Renato Sanches, Vitinha, and Nordi Mukiele. All are under 25, but are counted on to make an impact throughout the season.
However, the biggest news this summer was the re-signing of Kylian Mbappe. It was a huge extension for Mbappe, despite speculation that he wanted to leave PSG. A terrifying front three with Mbappe, Neymar and Messi, one of the best in the world. Mbappe’s sidelined at the start of the season (suspension/injured adductor), so Neymar and Messi combined for three goals and four assists in the first game of Ligue 1.
Can Montpellier Climb Back?
Montpellier had been a team often finishing in the top half of Ligue 1, staying out of the relegation battle. They were closer than usual last season. Montpellier finished 11 points above relegation qualification, in 13th place.
They haven’t made any big transfers this summer, as one of the smaller teams in Ligue 1. However, they have made good use of the signing players on frees, acquiring Wahbi Khazri and Arnaud Nordin after their contracts expired with recently-relegated Saint-Etienne.. They also signed Theo Sainte-Luce on a free, and acquired Falaye Sacko and Faitout Maouassa on loans. Nordin was the only one not to play (injured) in Montpellier’s 3-2 victory in their first Ligue 1 game.
Captain and star attacking player Teji Savanier comes off a solid season, with eight goals and seven assists. He did scoring twice in Montpellier’s first game of this season, the second sealing the victory.
PSG vs Montpellier Head-to-Head
Recently in Ligue 1, the match between these two leaned heavily in favor of PSG. Since Montpellier’s last win, 3-2 in 2019 (goal in the 85th minute), they’ve lost in the last six. PSG did outscore Montpellier by a count of 21-2.
However, a 2-2 Coupe De France game went into penalties in 2021, wom by PSG, 5-4. PSG have clearly been the dominant team between the two recently.
PSG vs Montpellier Game Information
- Game: PSG (1-0-0) vs Montpellier (1-0-0)
- Location: Le Parc des Princes (Paris, France)
- Day/Time: Saturday, Aug. 13th, 3:00 p.m. ET
- PSG vs Montpellier Live Stream: fubo.tv
PSG vs Montpellier Betting Lines
|Paris St Germain||-2½ -145||-950||4 -125o||3½ -110o
|Montpellier||+2½ +115||+2100||4 -105u||½ -110o
PSG vs Montpellier Prediction
After a dominant first game, Paris Saint-Germain will continue against Montpellier. PSG’s attack is too much to handle when healthy. Even with just Neymar and Messi, it’s still going to overpower most teams in Ligue 1. Montpellier does have some threat of their owns, and might be able to get one back against PSG, especially in soccer’s version of “garbage time.”