Montpellier continues to be effective, but they are seemingly lacking that one thing that makes a difference between a victory and a loss. Currently, they are in five matches with winless momentum, last time at home against Nantes when they were held to a 1:1 draw.
They started the match in the best way possible, taking an early lead in the 6th minute over Oyongo, and successfully kept it up until the 51st when they conceded an equalizer. Even though they appeared slightly better, lack of creativity at the finishing cost them all three in this encounter.
Montpellier is at 8th place on the table, still being in a position to step into the European race, as they are only five points in deficit compared to fifth-placed Rennes.
Midfielder Savanier (13/3) and forward Mavididi (16/4) are back in training after Covid-19 and remain highly unfit. Offensive midfielder Mollet (18/3) is doubtful.
Monaco is coming to this clash after a routine 3:0 victory against underdogs from Angers, playing at their home stadium.
They appeared better from the very start of the match, having a 1:0 lead after the first forty-five minutes. Despite lowering the game rhythm a bit in the second, the home side was quite effective in materializing its chances, successfully adding two more to the scoreline in the 72nd and the 81st, and took this routine victory without being threatened much.
Monaco is positioned at 4th place in the rankings, lacking six points for Lille and a ticket for the Champions League.
The guests should only miss midfielders Fabregas (10/1) and Florentino (6/0) for this one.
Goals are to be expected
Monaco is considered a strong favorite by the bookies and they are closer to get the victory, but I am not convinced that they will walk away with a clean sheet and easy points here. After all, Montpellier proved that they can be very dangerous in almost every clash, meanwhile, Monaco isn’t to be trusted away from home.