Ligue 1 champions Monaco face Montpellier on Saturday evening targeting a fifth consecutive win.
Leonardo Jardim’s team are in second spot by virtue of goal difference ahead of Lyon, with Marseille only three points adrift of the pair, and should be confident of maintaining this advantage at a ground they fare well on.
Where and when: Stade de la Mosson – 13 January, kick-off 19:00
Where you can see Montpellier vs. Monaco: bet365 live streaming
Last time: Kamil Glik and Kylian Mbappe netted in the first-half in a 2-1 victory for Monaco. The visitors finished with ten men after Jemerson received his marching orders late on.
Montpellier v Monaco Predictions and Preview
Following back-to-back defeats at the hands of runaway leaders Paris Saint-Germain and Claudio Ranieri’s Nantes in late November, Monaco have collected maximum points. Stripped of the services of Kylian Mbappe, Benjamin Mendy and Bernardo Silva, the Monegasques weren’t expected to repeat last year’s heroics but remain comfortably placed to reach the Champions League proper once more.
Radamel Falcao and strike partner Keita Balde are finally showing signs of an understanding and both netted in the 2-1 win against Rennes. The lethal Colombian is the obvious choice to add to his tally but Balde is now showing the form which earned him his big money move from Lazio last summer. Having struck in his last two matches, the Senegalese forward is 7/1 to score last and continue his budding partnership with Falcao.
The Red and Whites have notched 11 times in the last three games in all competitions and are evens to emerge with the three points.
Hosts Montpellier are in reasonable shape, picking up one win, two draws and one defeat from the last four rounds of domestic action. Boss Michel Der Zakarian has overseen an extraordinary 9 clean sheets from 19 clashes and his side are heavily reliant on this defensive platform. Goals have been hard to come by, only scoring 17 all year and this is an area where the Paillade must improve in.
Isaac Mbenza and Giovanni Sio have eight goals between them and Sio is 17/1 to score in the second-half while Montpellier are 13/1 to claim a shock triumph.
One to watch for Montpellier: Mbenza is in good form and has two goals in his last three appearances. The Belgian is 15/1 to get on the scoresheet any time.
One to watch for Monaco: Skipper Falcao has 15 strikes to his name, only bettered by Edinson Cavani this campaign and is Monaco’s biggest threat. He’s 3/1 to score first.
Long shot: The shock 2011-12 league winners have never beaten the Red and Whites on home soil. Remarkably, the seventh placed side have the best defensive record in the division, conceding a mere 13 goals at the halfway stage of the season. A 2-0 win for Montpellier is an appealing 25-1.