AS Monaco vs. HSC Montpellier / Ligue 1 – The first match in the 10th round of the French Ligue 1, brings us two teams that are currently on opposite sides of the table, the third Monaco and the 15th Montpellier, which also has the big nine points behind . In addition, Monaco has last year celebrated in both of their mutual duels, while it sounds a bit incredible that Montpellier achieved its last victory over Monaco 22 years ago. Begins: 21.10.2016. – 20:45 CET
Of course, this only further confirms that Monaco applies for absolute favourite on Friday night, especially since they this season at home, have the effect of five wins and two draws. However, coach Jardim’s players have in the last two performances recorded an away defeat away by Toulouse and a draw on the side against CSKA Moscow in the third round of the Champions League, so they are welcoming this duel with Montpellier in a somewhat worse mood.
But thanks to some earlier great performances in the championship, they are still holding a very good third place in the table, with the same number as the second PSG, while only the leading Nice has four points more. On the other hand, after the opening victory in the Champions League over Tottenham away, they also recorded two draws at home against Leverkusen and away against CSKA, but that was at this time enough for the leading position in this highly uncertain group. We should also add that defender Toure and midfielders Moutinho and Dirar will not be able to perform in this duel with Montpellier due to injuries not apply, while striker Falcao is still not sufficiently recovered.
Probable lineups AS Monaco: Subasic – Sidibe, Glik, Jemerson, Mendy – Silva, Fabinho, Bakayoko, Lemar – Germain, Carrillo
As for Montpellier, in the last round of Ligue 1, they celebrated at home with 3-2 against Caen, and thus interrupted an embarrassing series of three defeats and four draws, but also made a small breakthrough at the table, so they are now on the 15th place. They are still three points away from the relegation zone, which means that there should be no relaxation, with the proviso that they will already in the next round have an extremely difficult task against the third Monaco.
We should also mention that the team of Montpellier is playing very poorly in defence lately, because they have received as many as 12 goals in the last four rounds, but on the other side they scored six in the last two matches, of which five were the work of young striker Ning. For this reason, and because of the suspension of Mounie, Ning is this time expected at the central striker position, while Hilton is expected in the last line, who has completed his suspension and Remy, who missed the match with Caen due to injury. Unlike him, athe injured defender Congre and midfielder Marveaux are still unable to perfrom.
Probable lineups HSC Montpellier: Jourdren – Vanden Borre, Hilton, Remy, Roussilon – Sylla, Skhiri – Sanson, Boudebouz, Sessegnon – Ninga
AS Monaco vs. HSC Montpellier PICK
Even though Montpellier finally recorded a victory in the last round, this time we expect s duel with the team against which they have by far the worst balance in France, which is in addition at the top of Ligue 1, so everything except a safe victory of Monaco would be a big surprise.
Pick: Monaco wins
Odds: 1.80 at betway (down to 1.75 can be played)