Monaco will look to overtake Montpellier when they face off at the Stade Louis II on Friday in the Ligue 1.
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After a poor season last time, Monaco are getting back up to where they belong. They were embroiled in a relegation battle last season. Monaco finished 17th and avoided the relegation playoff place by a narrow margin of two points. Now they stand in the seventh spot, looking to get into the European places for next season. They are five points below Lille in fourth, which is the Europa League spot. Taking into account the spots given to cup winners, Monaco have a decent chance of qualifying.
After three successive losses, Monaco bounced back in the last two games. They hosted Angers two weeks ago and claimed a 1-0 win. Stefan Jovetic got the only goal of the game for Monaco. Last Sunday they followed that up with a 2-1 triumph at Amiens. Serhou Guirassy gave Amiens an early lead, and the score was 1-0 going into the final five minutes. Wissam Ben Yedder pounced to equalize before substitute Islam Slimani scored the winner in stoppage time.
Ben Yedder continued his great form, and he has 16 league goals in 22 appearances. He is the top-scorer in the Ligue 1 right now, and his summer move from Sevilla has been a resounding success. Slimani has also been effective, and he has 8 goals and 7 assists to his name this campaign.
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Just like Monaco, Montpellier are looking to get into European places. After three games without a win, they bounced back last weekend. Saint-Etienne were the visitors, and Montpellier claimed a 1-0 win. Andy Delort scored the goal, which took his tally for the season to nine. Junior Sambia was sent off in the first half for Montpellier, which handed the initiative to Saint-Etienne. But they could not score, and Montpellier held on to clinch the three points.
Montpellier are just four points off the third place as it stands. They have not qualified for the Champions League since 2013. That was the only campaign in the competition for Montpellier, but this season gives a chance to change that. Montpellier’s defence has dropped off late, and they have kept just one league clean sheet in the last two months. A 5-0 loss to PSG recently was a demoralizing result, but they will hope to put together a winning run now.
Monaco vs Montpellier Last Meetings & Betting Tips
Montpellier have won two out of the last five meetings between these two sides. The other three matches have all ended in draws. Montpellier won 3-1 in the last encounter back in October. All three of the last three meetings have seen over 2.5 goals.
A similar pattern will be seen on Monday, and Monaco will be the slight favorites to get the win. Even though Montpellier are higher up in the table, Monaco are on the rise right now. The total goals should be over 2.5 in this game, but Monaco will get the three points.