AS Monaco vs. OGC Nice / Ligue 1 – The first match in the 17th round of the French Ligue 1 should be very interesting even though the host Monaco is currently in the relegation zone with even 12 points less than the seventh Nice. However, the team of Monaco has managed to record two victories in the last three rounds, while Nice has not lost a match for seven rounds in the championship. We should also add that Nice has last season recorded a home defeat and a guest draw against Monaco, while Monaco was better in their duel in the League Cup.
AS Monaco vs. OGC Nice begins 07.12.2018 at 20:45 CET
The team of Monaco is in a very delicate situation before this match with Nice, given that they are still in the relegation zone with only 13 points won. However, they have started playing better in the last three rounds and they recorded two guest victories over Caen and Amiens, while they between those two duels lost as guests in the Champions League by Atletico Madrid and then in the championship against Montpellier at home.
Otherwise, the team of Monaco has already said goodbye to their fight for placement in the round of sixteen of the Champions League, while the arrival of new coach Henry has positively affected their game in the championship, which is why they are now expecting a favourable outcome against Nice. Especially because their best shooter Falcao is in great mood again, while midfielder Golovin returns to the team after his suspension. On the other hand, a lot of payers are out of action due to injury, such as wing striker Chadli who was injured in the match with Amiens.
Probable lineups AS Monaco: Benaglio – Pierre-Gabriel, Glik, Jemerson, Raggi – Henrichs, Pele, Ait Bennasser – Tielemans, Golovin – Falcao
When it comes to guests from Nice, they are coming to this neighbourhood derby with Monaco after a great series of five wins and two draws, which automatically brought them back in the situation to fight for placement in European competitions. However, these two draws happened in their previous two duels, and there were no goals scored, so coach Vieiro certainly has reasons to worry before this match against Monaco.
Otherwise, Nice is currently seventh on the table and they are only four points away from the positions that lead to Europe, but these last two games have shown that they are still having big problems with their efficiency, so we would not be surprised if Vieira decided to leave his first star, Balotelli, on the bench this time. As for the problem with absences, the injured goalkeeper Cardinale is still out of action, as well as defenders Jallet and Coly, and strikers Maolida and Le Bihan.
Probable lineups OGC Nice: Benitez – Herelle, Dante, Sarr – Atal, Cyprien, Tameze, Lees-Melou, Boscagli – Saint-Maximin, Balotelli (Ganago)
AS Monaco vs. OGC Nice PICK
Given that Nice is coming to this match with Monaco after five consecutive matches without any goals received, then it is quite logical not to expect an open and overly efficient match this time.
Pick: under 2.5 goals
Odds: 1.85 at 18bet (down to 1.80 can be played)
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