Montpellier v Monaco Preview

January 8, 2014 | By

Montpellier v Monaco Preview France Ligue 1 action Friday Night comes from the Stade de la Mosson featuring Montpellier versus Monaco.

View our Betting Preview, Tips, Predictions and Match Odds for the game that can be seen exclusively Live on BT Sports 2 High Definition, with a scheduled 19:30pm (GMT) Kick Off Time.

Montpellier v Monaco Preview, Ligue 1, Friday 10th January 2014

It has been a difficult and frustrating season for Montpellier and their fans, Rolland Courbis and his side are currently languishing in 17th position of the league table and just 3pts above the relegation zone and have not managed a victory in the league since way back at the opening week of October 2013.

Monaco lost their previous league match at home 1-2 against Valenciennes a result that now has them 3pts behind current league leaders and arch rivals PSG and Claudio Ranieri and his side must win this game if they are to keep hopes alive of winning the Ligue 1 Title this season.

Montpellier v Monaco Team News

Montpellier Team News:

Djamel Baker is the only player unavailable for the hosts as he continues to receive treatment for a long term injury and is not expected back until at least June. Other than him though, manager Rolland Courbis has a full strength squad to choose his starting lineup from which should consist of a 4-4-2 formation that will see Camara and Montano leading the attack up front with support in midfield being provided by Cabella, Marveaux, Stambouili and Sanson.

Striker Victor Montano is the clubs current top goalscorer this season with 4.

Monaco Team News:

The visitors will be without the services of both Anthony Martial and Borja Lopez as they continue to receive treatment for respective injuries. Manager Clauido Ranieri will likely use a 4-3-1-2 formation for this game which will see Riviere and Falcao leading the attack up front with support in behind coming from Rodriguez, Moutinho, Toulalan and Obbadi.

Striker Radamel Falcao is the clubs current top goalscorer so far this season with 9.

Montpellier v Monaco Head to Head Statistics

Friday night’s game from the Stade de la Mosson will become the 25th meeting between the two clubs over the years, of which Montpellier have won 0 times, (0 at the Stade de la Mosson). Monaco have won 17 times, (8 at the Stade de la Mosson) and there has been 7 draws (4 at the Stade de la Mosson).

The previous 5 meetings below in our head to head statistics show Monaco with a clear advantage having won 3 times with Montpellier having failed to win any and the remaining 2 matches having finished all square.

18/08/13 LI1 Monaco – Montpellier 4 : 1
21/05/11 LI1 Montpellier – Monaco
0 : 1
17/08/10 LI1 Monaco – Montpellier 0 : 0
03/04/10 LI1 Montpellier – Monaco 0 : 0
13/01/10 LI1 Monaco – Montpellier 4 : 0

Previous Average Goals Per Game Statistics

61 goals have been scored in the previous 24 games played between the two clubs which provides us with an overall average goals per game statistic of 2.54 and with 29 goals having been scored in the 12 matches played at the Stade de la Mosson we are provided with an average goals per game statistic of 2.41 which seems to suggest that this game on Friday night should see at least a couple of goals scored.

Montpellier v Monaco Recent Form (Left to Right)

Montpellier: L D L D W

Monaco: W W W L W

Monaco have a clear advantage on the recent form statistics having managed to win 4 of their last 5 matches played. Montpellier have struggled during their last 5 games played having only managed to win just 1.

Montpellier v Monaco Match Betting Odds Market.

Montpellier have never beaten Monaco in the previous 24 matches played, so no real shock to see the online bookmakers having the hosts priced up at odds of 7/2 with Bet365 (£200 Free Bets for New Customers) to win this game on Friday night.

The Draw is probably the best result that Montpellier can achieve from this game and having done so on 4 of the previous 12 meetings played at the Stade de la Mosson, it might be worth getting a small cover bet on the draw at generous odds of 23/10 with Coral (£50 Free Bets for New Customers).

Monaco suffered an embarrassing 3-1 defeat against Valenciennes at home in their last league match played and will be looking to respond in this match and the online bookmakers have the visitors priced up as the clear favourites to win this game at current odds of 19/20 with Coral (£50 Free Bets for New Customers) which does look the value play here considering they have never lost against Montpellier in 24 previous meetings.

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Montpellier v Monaco Match Predictions, Tips & First Goal Scorer Bets.

A game both sides will be desperate to win, but with Montpellier having never managed to beat Monaco in 24 previous attempts and having last won a game in the league back in October 2013, everything suggests this game ending up in a Monaco victory.

Monaco manager, Claudio Ranieri made a poor decision to rest Radamel Falcao for the last league match, only bringing his top striker on just after half time and this ended up costing Monaco dearly as they lost the game 1-2. I don’t expect the Monaco manager to make the same mistake for this game and both Falcao and Riviere should both start this game up front.

The goal statistics are expecting this game to see at least a couple of goals scored on Friday night and with Montpellier only scoring on average less than a goal a game at home this season, it does seem that Monaco will be the side scoring them as their average away from home is nearly double that of their hosts.

As such the away win looks the value choice here, although ensure you get your bets on early as I fully expect this price to shorten significantly the closer we get to kick off and for those looking for additional value plays, the Total Goals 2 or 3, Over 2.5 Goals and Anytime Goalscorer’s betting markets look worth a closer look.

The Verdict

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