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AS Monaco vs Montpellier Prediction and Betting Preview 18 Oct 2020

AS Monaco vs Montpellier PredictionCoronavirus-ravaged side Montpellier Herault have to put their woes behind them as they travel to the Stade Louis II, hoping to grab a decent result against AS Monaco on Sunday afternoon.
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Match status: 2020/21 Ligue 1 - Matchweek 7
Kick-off:
Venue: Stade Louis II (Monaco)
AS Monaco have begun the season in brilliant form, picking up a massive ten points from their opening six games. So far, they have not put a single foot wrong in their bid to qualify for European football, and will be looking to press on as the season advances.

In similar form as this weekend’s opposition, Montpellier also have ten points to their name, but sit atop Les Monegasques on the log – thanks to their superior goal difference. Given these two teams are equally matched, an even game awaits us in the city of Monaco come kickoff.

AS Monaco vs Montpellier Team News

Once upon a time, AS Monaco were tearing it up in the French Ligue 1, rising from their ruins to become one of the biggest clubs in the country. Starring a couple of talented players in their ranks, ASM remained a constant thorn in PSG’s flesh.

In fact, their dominance yielded good fruits in the 2016/17 season, where they toppled European juggernauts Paris Saint-Germain to lift the prestigious Ligue 1 trophy. Following their eye-catching displays that year, Monaco were poached of many of their star players in the summer.
Losing the likes of Mbappe, Martial, Dembele, among other stars, to rival clubs, Monaco’s squad quality depleted massively. With time, they lost their magic touch and have since fallen down the pecking order in the French Ligue 1.

Forgetting history, let us fast-forward to more recent events. Niko Kovac’s headed into the international break with defeat in the bag having bowed to lowly Brest on the last matchday. Despite the incompetence of the opposition, Monaco were brought down to bare bones by a sole goal.

With that defeat in mind, Monaco will be desperate to return to winning ways this weekend, but will have stubborn Montpellier to contend. MHSC have begun their season in brilliant fashion, and will be looking to grab some more points over the coming weeks.

La Paillade were on the wrong end of a humbling defeat at the hands of Nimes last time out, much to the dismay of the club supporters. Second-best throughout the match, Ripart’s 84th-minute strike proved the difference as the referee brought the game to a close.

Vacillating in terms of performances, Montpellier will have to get their problems sorted out soon enough. They will be itching to salvage victory over Monaco this weekend, but will need a little bit of luck to make this a reality.

Injured or Suspended Players

AS Monaco: Caio Henrique, Fode Ballo-Toure and Axel Disasi.

Montpellier: No injuries or suspensions.

Pre-Match Odds

AS Monaco: 1.55
Draw: 4.68
Montpellier: 6.4

All odds are with 1xBet and are subject to change.

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Who will win the match?

Monaco vs Montpellier Predictions

Montpellier will be short-handed this weekend, no thanks to their coronavirus-ravaged defensive unit. Having a depleted squad at his disposal, head coach Der Zakarian will be forced to include some fringe players in his starting lineup for this fixture.

Hosts Monaco should be able to capitalize on their opposing number’s handicap to record a positive record. Count on Les Monegasques to roar to a comfortable victory here.
Our Betting Tip:
BTTS & Over 2.5 @ 2.00
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Correct Score:
AS Monaco 3-1 Montpellier @ 12.00

Predicted Score-Related Betting Tips

Both Teams To Score:
BTTS @ 1.72
Match Winner:
Monaco Win @ 1.81
Over/Under:
Over 2.5 @ 1.77
Team Goals:
Away Over 1.5 @ 1.74
Handicap:
Home -1.5 AH @ 3.10
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