Nantes v Monaco Preview

November 23, 2013 | By

skybet_promo_new France Ligue 1 action Sunday Night comes from the Stade de la Beaujoire Louis Fonteneau featuring Nantes 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 20:00pm (GMT) Kick Off Time.

Nantes v Monaco Preview, Ligue 1, Sunday 24th November 2013

Nantes have certainly held their own so far this season and will obviously fancy their chances of causing a bit of an upset on sunday night when playing host against big spending Monaco. Michel Der Zakarian’s side will be fully aware that a victory will see them go above their visitors and that should be all the incentive needed for the hosts to be at their very best for this one.

Monaco started the season in emphatic fashion and up until a few weeks ago remained unbeaten. However a 2-0 defeat away to Lille seemed to have a huge impact on the players confidence as they could only manage a 1-1 draw at home against Evian last time out and Claudio Ranieri’s side are now 5pts behind current league leaders and arch rivals PSG.

Nantes v Monaco Team News

Nantes Team News:

Nantes manager Michel Der Zakarian has a full squad to choose his starting eleven from which should see Filip Dordevic leading the attack up front with support in behind coming from Bessat, Veretout and Bedoya in a 4-2-3-1 formation which has worked so well for them so far this season.

Striker Filip Dordevic is the clubs current top goalscorer this season with 7.

Monaco Team News:

The visitors will be without Nabil Dirar and Nacer Barazite as both players continue to receive treatment for respective injury problems. 4-2-3-1 is the likely formation that manager Claudio Ranieri will start this game with which will see big money signing Falcao leading the attack up front with support from midfield being provided by Rodriguez, Ocampos and Ferreira.

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

Nantes v Monaco Head to Head Statistics

Sunday night’s game from the Stade de la Beaujoire Louis Fonteneau will become the 34th meeting between the two clubs over the years, of which Nantes have won 9 times, Monaco have won 15 times and there has been 9 draws.

The previous 5 meetings below in our head to head statistics show Nantes with a clear advantage having won 3 times. Monaco have only managed to secure 1 victory with the other game having finished all square.

30/03/13 LI2 Nantes – Monaco 1 : 1
27/10/12 LI2 Monaco – Nantes
0 : 2
06/04/12 LI2 Monaco – Nantes 2 : 1
25/11/11 LI2 Nantes – Monaco 3 : 0
10/01/09 LI1 Monaco – Nantes
1 : 2

Previous Average Goals Per Game Statistics

96 goals have been scored in the previous 33 games played between the two clubs which provides us with an average goals per game statistic of 2.90 which suggests we should see at least a couple of goals scored during this one.

Nantes v Monaco Recent Form (Left to Right)

Nantes: W L W D W

Monaco: D W L L D

Nantes have a clear advantage on the recent form statistics having managed to win 3 of their last 5 matches played. Monaco have struggled during their last 5 having only secured 1 victory, losing 2 and drawing 2.

Nantes v Monaco Match Betting Odds Market.

Nantes are not expected to win this game with the online bookmakers going a very generous price of 5/2 with BetVictor (£25 Free Bets for New Customers) despite having home advantage and having the better head to head record over Monaco.

The Draw certainly a result that can happen here as there is very little between these two clubs this season, so it might be worth having a small saver bet on both sides battling out a draw here at decent odds of 11/5 with Betfred (£25 Free Bets for New Customers).

Monaco are the clear favourites to win this match here which does come as a bit of a surprise for me as they have not been in the best of form lately and their current odds of 13/10 with BetVictor (£25 Free Bets for New Customers) do look a bit short considering the facts.

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

Despite the big price I really like Nantes chances of winning this game as with having a much better record than Moncao over the previous 5 matches and being in the better recent form everything points to a home win here for me.

Monaco have seemed to hit a bit of a slump after their defeat against Lille and the confidence of the players does seem to be in question for me as their poor 1-1 draw against Evian last time out really highlighted the fact that the club has certainly had the wind knocked out of their sails and they look well worth taking on in my opinion.

The goal stats suggest this game to see at least a couple of goals scored and betting markets like Both Teams to Score YES, Total Match Goals and Anytime Goalscorers could all be worth a closer look at here, but I am going to stick with what the stats say here and go for a shock Nantes victory.

The Verdict

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