The Niko Kovac era started well at Monaco as the principality club earned 10 points from 18 possible from their opening six games. It isn’t the kind of form to rival the league’s title challengers, but Monaco could challenge for a Champions League place for the first time since the likes of Kylian Mbappe and Radamel Falcao played with the team.
On Sunday, Monaco welcome Montpellier to the Stade Louis II. Montpellier also began the campaign in good form. They picked up 10 points from 18 possible and are aiming for the top three. Ligue 1 has just three places available for the Champions League making the fight for second and third place incredibly competitive.
Both teams are a mere four points off of top teams Rennes and Lille. A win for either Monaco or Montpellier and losses for the teams above them on matchday 7, could see the gap to the top cut to one point.
Monaco and Montpellier are both coming off of losses prior to the international break. Montpellier were shocked 1-0 by Nimes, ending a four-match unbeaten run. Monaco suffered a surprise loss to Brest 1-0 away. It was their second defeat in three games. The home team won the last two matches between Monaco and Montpellier. Can Monaco claim a victory on Sunday?
Monaco vs Montpellier Betting Odds
Monaco and Montpellier played twice in Ligue 1 last term. Even with the league cancelled in the spring, the two rivals were able to play before the stoppage of the campaign. Montpellier won easily at home when the teams met, 3-1. Florent Mollet opened the scoring in the 31st minute and just eight minutes later, Pedro Mendes doubled the lead for Montpellier. Andy Delorte added a third before Monaco’s Wissam Ben Yedder pulled a goal back. Monaco’s Aleksandr Golovin was sent off for a second yellow card in the second half.
The reverse fixture saw Monaco claim a narrow 1-0 victory at the Stade Louis II. After a scoreless first half, Islam Slimani scored for Monaco in the 52nd minute to give the team the win. The teams combined to score three of the five total goals in the second half of their games last season.
Seven of the last eight games between these teams played at the Stade Louis II ended in a positive result for Monaco. They posted a 5W-2D-1L record versus Montpellier at home. Montpellier’s two games away from home this season finished in just one point from six available. They are –1 in goal difference with four goals conceded and three scored. Monaco are unbeaten at home with seven points from nine and a goal difference of +2.
Monaco vs Montpellier Team News
Kovac has three players expected to miss the game on Sunday. Fore Ballo is recovering from a broken toe. He is likely to be back around the end of the month. Guillermo Maripan is a doubt due to a groin injury. He could be out until sometime in November. Kovac will be hopeful that midfielder Aleksandr Golovin will be fit for the game. The Russian is nearly over a strained hamstring.
Monaco defender Axel Disasi is likely to be back in the team. He missed Monaco’s game versus Brest due to a record sending off versus Strasbourg. Monaco’s Wissam Ben Yedder has been their deadliest goalscorer after six games. Ben Yedder has tallied three goals in six games.
Montpellier manager Michael Der Zakarian does not have any injuries to report. The Blue and Orange have been exciting to watch in the final third. Andy Delort and Teji Savaneir have each scored three goals. Daniel Congre and Gaetan Laborde have chipped in with two each for the side. Laborde has been brilliant as the team’s creative spark. He has four assists already in six games.
Monaco vs Montpellier Prediction
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Three of the last four league matches between Monaco and Montpellier finished with over 2.5 goals scored. Both teams have seen plenty of goals this term. Five of Montpellier’s six Ligue 1 games this season ended with over 2.5 goals scored. Four of Monaco’s six games in Ligue finished with over 2.5 goals tallied.
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Monaco and Montpellier saw three of their last four Ligue 1 games finish with both teams scoring goals. These teams have historically found the back of the net against one another. Five of Montpellier’s six games in Ligue 1 finished with both teams scoring goals. There only game not to finish with both teams scoring was matchday 6 versus Nimes. Four of Monaco’s six games in Ligue 1 ended with both teams scoring goals.
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Wissam Ben Yedder has been very good for Monaco in Ligue 1. The striker has three goals in six games. He averages a goal every 158.7 minutes of league football. Ben Yedder averages 2.46 shots per game 90 minutes and 0.44 expected goals per 90 minutes of league football. The striker has an expected goal figure of 2.35 and an actual total of 3.0. The Frenchman scored 18 Ligue 1 goals for Monaco last term with one of those goals coming against Montpellier.
Monaco and Montpellier are level on points with 10 from 18 possible. The winner of the game on Sunday will push them up the table and potentially help with a top-three challenge. Neither side are Ligue 1 title contender material. They are potential Champions League qualification contenders. Only the top three finishers make the Champions League in Ligue 1.
Montpellier have not played well away from home. They picked up just one point from six possible. Montpellier conceded four times away from home and scored three times. Monaco should be able to make the most out of playing at the Stade Louis II.
Monaco’s home record versus Montpellier has been good dating back to the early 2000s. Kovac should lead them to another home win against Montpellier and move up higher into the top of the table.
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Monaco vs Montpellier Frequently Asked Questions
What stadium will host Monaco vs Montpellier on Sunday?
Stade Louis IIA
What are the odds on Monaco winning vs Montpellier?
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What time is kick-off for Monaco vs Montpellier?
Monaco vs Montpellier will kick-off at 14:00 UK time on Sunday 18 October.A