This is a preview of a match that is just a friendly. I would like to think that Sporting would take this game seriously, but it is a friendly and they are missing three of their starters in team captain Jimmy Nielsen, defender Aurelien Collin and midfielder Graham Zusi. So we will definitely see quite a bit of a mix up in the starting lineup for Sporting. Honestly though I think that is probably a really good thing because the players that Peter Vermes will be putting out there will be out to prove that they can compete on an international level and against a team that once the French League 1 Championship.
I would like to be able to say more about Montpellier but I simply do not know anything about them besides [insert conehead voice here] "we come from France." (If you don't get that reference then you are too young or you just don't watch movies.) I'm sure they will be not taking this game lightly though and will be possibly out to prove that MLS players can't hang with them. Plus this is like preseason for them and could possibly be looking to try some new things themselves, but most of us won't have any clue if they are or are not.