Monaco broke their winning run of six matches in all competitions with a goalless game away to Montpellier last weekend on Saturday evening. Must be said, the game looked like a balanced one but still the visitors were the ones who had more concrete chances.
If any of the side was to win the game, it would be the visiting, however the final result isn’t far from fair one. Hosts looked more dangerous in the first halftime, but the guests dominated the second however only a goal scored was missing.
After this setback, Monaco continues to be second at the table but now sharing the position with Lyon and having just a point more than fourth and out of Champions League zone placed Marseille – on the other hand, they are eleven points behind leaders from PSG.
Falcao should lead their attack in 4-2-3-1 formation with the help of Keita, Lemar and Diakhaby as offensive midfielders. Falcao is set to make a return here, while offensive midfielder Adama Traore (3/3) remains injured, as well as offensive Gabriel Boschilia (3/0) and midfielder Youri Tielemans (12/0). Forward Guido Carrillo is doubtful.
Nice, on the other side, suffered two exclusions during the “holiday’s break” in Ligue 1, first losing out to Toulouse in Coupe de France game, but then being excluded in League Cup game at home against Monaco, before they improved and reacted with a 1:0 narrow home victory over Amiens last Saturday evening.
Their victory was completely deserved and probably should have been with a bigger margin one, as the side outplayed the opponent but only managed to score one goal – back in 66th minute via Lees Melou, staying far better despite the lead they had.
It’s their sixth victory in last seven matches in Ligue 1 (6-1-0 record) as the side continues to climb up to the table, being now at sixth position with eleven points less than fourth placed Marseille, but surely wanting to keep up their good momentum.
Guests are set to play in 4-3-3 formation with Saint-Maximin, Lees-Melou and Balotelli as forwards for this one. Forward Mickael Le Bihan (no performance so far) remains injured, same as midfielder Arnaud Lusamba (3/0) and right back Arnaud Souquet (18/0). Central midfielder Nampalys Mendy is doubtful.
~ Monaco have seen over 2.5 goals in their last 4 matches against Nice.
Nice are looking good now, but this match should be too much for them this time. However, I see visiting team being quite threatening as well – still, with the hosts are rock solid favorite.
Probably both teams scoring, but also a victory of Monaco is my choice here in a game where the hosts are able to score three alone.
Bet: Over 2.5 goals