PSG is on track to reclaim the Ligue 1 throne and only a catastrophe could prevent it. However, we have eight other teams fighting to win a ticket for a UEFA competition. The list includes Montpellier and AS Monaco, currently sitting outside of the top five.
Things could dramatically change, for both, with a victory. Despite playing at home, Montpellier comes in as the betting online underdog at +275. Let’s find out why while also making some predictions.
Montpellier vs AS Monaco Ligue 1 Fixture 22
Losing three games in a row could be considered a losing streak, right? Well, that’s what Montpellier wants to avoid on Sunday. That and falling out of the top 10.
Last weekend, Montpellier lost 3-1 to Strasbourg. Not bad considering Strasbourg is sitting in fourth place and Montpellier played 25 minutes with 10 players. We could even say it was a matter of losing concentration. Strasbourg scored all three goals over the last 13 minutes of the game.
Midweek, they lost 1-0 to Troyes. Very bad considering Troyes is sitting in 15th place. Plus, they lost another player due to a red card.
Luckily for them, Stephy Mavididi, the team’s top scorer with six goals, isn’t the suspended player. Teji Savanier is the one who won’t be able to play. Plus, Elye Wahi, who got the red card against Strasbourg, is expected to return.
Montpellier has been considerably better when playing at home, winning three more games than on the road. Their soccer betting value really increases when playing at Stade de la Mosson, making them a very tempting underdog.
No major injuries to report here. Montpellier’s predicted lineup: Jonas Omlin; Arnaud Souquet, Nicolas Cozza, Mamadou Sakho, Mihailo Ristic; Jordan Ferri, Joris Chotard, Junior Sambia, Florent Mollet, Stephy Mavididi; Elye Wahi.
AS Monaco Turning Things Around
AS Monaco had a rocky first half of the season. I think they were focusing too much on advancing to the UEFA Europa League Round of 16. Good thing they did, because that’s also an extra dose of motivation.
Regarding Ligue 1, they’ve been turning things around lately. They only lost two of their last 10 games, one against PSG, as expected. Most recently, they crushed Clermont 4-0 with Wissam Ben Yedder as the Man of the Match after scoring twice. Sofiane Diop and Caio Henrique also scored.
“Wissam has very great qualities, he understands the game perfectly, he knows when to play with the ball and when to make runs,” said manager Philippe Clement to the press.
Talking about Ben Yedder is also talking about the league’s top scorer alongside Jonathan David (Lille). Both have scored 12 goals, but Ben Yedder scored in three of Monaco’s last five games. They won all three games in which he scored.
Monaco also won two of its last three games when playing as the online gambling favorite.
No major injuries to report here either. AS Monaco’s predicted lineup: Alexander Nubel; Ruben Aguilar, Axel Disasi, Guillermo Maripan; Jean Lucas, Aurelien Tchouameni, Sofiane Diop, Kevin Volland; Gelson Martins, Wissam Ben Yedder, Caio Henrique.
Montpellier vs AS Monaco Head to Head
- Previous Matches: 62
- Montpellier Victories: 6 (53 goals)
- AS Monaco Victories: 38 (114 goals)
- Draws: 18
The first meeting of the season between these two wasn’t as close as expected. AS Monaco won 3-1 with goals from Ben Yedder, Martins and Kevin Volland.
The home side didn’t waste any time and scored twice before the 20-minute mark. When the clock reached 65 minutes, AS Monaco was up 3-0. The visitors managed to score thanks to a penalty.
That was Monaco’s fourth victory over its last 10 meetings with Montpellier.
Montpellier vs AS Monaco Information
- Date: Sunday
- Time: 11:05 a.m. ET
- Location: Stade de la Mosson, Montpellier
- Montpellier vs AS Monaco Live Stream: fuboTV
Montpellier vs AS Monaco Betting Lines
|Montpellier||+½ -130||+275||2½ -125o||½ -240o |
|AS Monaco||-½ Ev||Ev||2½ -105u||1½ Evo |
Montpellier vs AS Monaco Prediction
AS Monaco is the better team, no doubt about it, but I expect Montpellier to put up a better fight. Nevertheless, not having Savanier due to suspension will affect their creativity. He leads the team in assists with six. On the other hand, Monaco has its full squad ready to go. Plus, they want to get into the top four before having to focus on the UEL again.
That being said, I expect both to score, enough for the total to go over, which is precisely my football prediction.
Score Prediction: AS Monaco 2, Montpellier 1
Pick: Over 2½ goals (-125)