Preview - Montpellier vs Monaco 10 February 19

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Match Day 23
Montpellier vs. Monaco
Sunday, February 10th 2019
22:00pm (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Stade de la Mosson

Last five matches form: L D D W D
Average goals per match: 1.32
Average goals against per match: 0.77
Top Scorer: Gaëtan Laborde & Andy Delort ( 8 )

Last five matches form: D D L L W
Average goals per match: 0.91
Average goals against per match: 1.70
Top Scorer: Radamel Falcao ( 8 )

Leonardo Jardim has gotten off to a relatively positive start since taking over from Thierry Henry in the scorchingly hot seat that is the Monaco managerial post. A first home win of the season over Toulouse last time out breathing life into his sides battle for survival. Still two points off safety though they need to build a little momentum. That won't be easy this week as they face a trip to sixth placed Montpellier.

Only a point off the top our, Montpellier will be looking to put together a late run in order to challenge for the European positions and will view this as a game they really ought to be winning.

Montpellier beat Monaco 2-1 in the reverse of this fixture earlier in the season. There was nothing to split the sides here last season though, with the game ending in a stalemate.

The injury situation of these two sides could scarcely be more contrasting. Montpellier have the luxury of a fully fit squad from which to select. Monaco meanwhile must do without Almamy Touré, Jean Eudes Aholou, Kevin N'Doram, Pietro Pellegri, Adama Trouré, Jordi Mboula, Andrea Raggi, Stevan Jovetic and William Vainqueur.

Montpellier aren't in the best of form at present, with just one win in their past seven, which will give hope to the visitors. They are a tough side at home though, with five wins and just one defeat in their past eight, keeping five clean sheets in that run of games.

Monaco have been better on the road than at home, winning three of eleven, but were beaten by Dijon in their latest away game, and face significantly better opposition here. This looks like a home win.

Prediction: Montpellier 2 - 0 Monaco


Half time:  0 - 1
Full time: 2 - 2
Shots:  11 - 10
Shots on target: 3 - 5
Corner Kicks: 5 - 3
Possession: 50% - 50%

Ellyes Skhiri was the only Montpellier player to have his name taken by referee Frank Schneider. Radamel Falcao and Kamil Glik were booked for Monaco who also had Jemerson dismissed for a second bookable offence in stoppage time at the end of the game.

Much, much better from Monaco this who certainly seem to be responding to their new coach. Matching Montpellier in terms of possession and actually edging the shots on target count, they were full value for what could prove to be a valuable away point.

Both sides started brightly in what was an entertaining game throughout, and it was the away side who struck first in the 14th minute. Nice work from Fode Ballo-Toure to make space and cross from the left-hand side. Gelson Martins getting on the end of it to guide a volley home into the left-hand side from around six yards out on the right. 0-1 at the break.

The equaliser arrived in the 66th minute. This wasn't the prettiest of goals, but Montpellier did show good determination in and around the area, a blocked shot eventually dropping to Gaetan Laborde to smash home from only a few yards out on the left.

Then eight minutes from time Monaco were back in front. Good break down the left ending with the ball played across to Martins who saw an effort saved by Benjamin Lecomte. Radamel Falcao was in full predatory mode though to latch onto the rebound beyond the right hand post, swivel and finish in off the left hand upright.

But Monaco couldn't quite hang on. A high boot in the area from Kamil Glik in the 91st minute seeing the referee point to the spot. Andy Delort firing toward the bottom right and Danijel Subasic getting hand and body on the ball only for it to agonisingly squirm just over the line. 2-2 final score.

Monaco keep their noses above the relegation positions with this point. Two points dropped for Montpellier who remain outside of the European positions as it stands.

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