Monaco at Montpellier Free French Ligue 1 Pick - Betting Odds
The winter break is over now for most leagues, and just like many others, the French Ligue 1 is restarting after three weeks of inactivity. There is a very interesting match-up that is taking place on Saturday, January 13th, when Montpellier will play host to Monaco. Both teams are coming into this match after finding success both in the Cup and the League Cup. Moreover, the two teams will also clash against one another in the semi-finals of the League Cup.
Montpellier (6-5-8) are coming into this match after recording a slim, yet really confident 1-0 win on the road against Angers for the quarter-finals of the League Cup. They did struggle to find their shot, but they eventually scored the winning goal at the 86th minute. They will now meet Monaco in the semi-finals. Prior to that win, Montpellier struggled to overcome a regional side in the Cup, but they did it in the penalties and moved on to the next round. As far as the Ligue 1 is concerned, Montpellier are now sitting at the 7th spot with 26 points already twelve points off the top four spots that grant entrance to the European competitions next season. They will look for success in other competitions, as they are still in contention of both the Cup and the League Cup. In any case, they have been in really solid form lately, as they have lost just once in eleven matches over the past two months (4-1-6).
On the other hand, Monaco (13-4-2) are really trying to remain competitive after losing so many key players in the summer transfer window. They are doing a great job though, as they are currently sitting at the 2nd spot of the Ligue 1 with 41 points, just as many as Lyon. Both teams are nine points behind league leaders PSG, who have been two steps ahead of everyone this season. Monaco are coming off a somewhat lucky 2-1 road win against Nice in the League Cup, that saw them through to the semis. Prior to that they had recorded another road win, this time a massive 5-2 over a regional side in the Cup. Monaco have now won each of their last six matches in all competitions, scoring 18 goals in that span. They have been really competitive on the road so far, having lost just four of their fourteen matches in all competitions (7-4-3).
Monaco at Montpellier Prediction
The two teams met in Monaco in late September, where Montpellier scored a last-minute equalizer to escape with a 1-1 draw. However, Monaco won both matches last season, and they have actually never lost to Montpellier in the past twenty years (17-0-7). Judging by how the two have performed so far, I will gladly go with the Over 2.25 Goals here. Monaco are capable of covering that by themselves, and I hope that the teams won't be rusty from the holiday period.