Monaco vs Lille is going to be held this week as second-placed Monaco will host relegation threats Lille, in the round 30 of Ligue 1 season, this Friday. The game is scheduled to begin at 7:45 pm GMT.
The defending champions have managed 63 points from 29 games with 19 wins and 4 losses, and are trailing the league leaders PSG by 14 points.
With the hopes of lifting the title for consecutive years done and dusted, Monaco will look to win the game against Lille to strengthen their place in the league table for a smooth passage to the next year’s Champions League.
The Monegasques will be upping the ante following their 3-1 away win over Strasbourg, in the last fixture. Rony Lopes, who is going in a sublime form lately, was in the score-sheet along with striker Jovetic and midfielder Fabinho.
However, the concern for Leonardo Jardim’s men was the inability to control the possession against Strasbourg side and allowing the oppositions to attack freely. Nevertheless, managing 3 victories in last 3 home games will boost the confidence of Monaco ahead of the weekend’s clash.
On the other hand, Lille, who are placed in the second place from the bottom, are going through a disastrous period in the league. With no wins in last 5 games, they have just managed 28 points in 29 games, including 5 wins and 19 defeats.
Despite starting the season on a high, Lille have failed short in every department. They have looked vulnerable in the back conceding poor goals against the oppositions.
It seems challenging task for Christopher Galtier’s men to upset Monaco on their home turf. They were surprisingly held to a 1-1 draw in their last Saturday’s clash against Montpellier. Considering their utterly disappointing away run of form, Lille looks busted before the weekend’s clash.
However, a miracle win at Stade Louis II will see them get out of the relegation zone, following other results.
Key Players to Watch
After missing out for more than a month due to injury, the star-striker Radamel Falcao made into the substitution in the last game. The striker will look to carry his astonishing season, starting in the home game against Lille.
The Colombian front-man has scored 17 goals so far this season. He will be a force to stop for the Lille’s back-line as he holds a key for Monaco in the home bout.
This season is taking a wrong turn for Lille since their excellent start. The only ray of hope for the struggling side is their top-scoring forward, Nicolas Pepe.
The Ivorian forward has been on the score sheet for the 9 times this season. With little help from his teammates, he has inflicted some daunting pressure on the oppositions and has looked solid in his position.
Coming back from his recent goal against Montpellier last Saturday, Pepe will definitely be a key for Lille to salvage anything from the tough away game.
Head to Head
The two sides have met 39 times against each other. Monaco edging with 16-11 wins. And remaining two games ending in a draw.
Monaco lead the last 3 battles between these clubs, registering 3 wins and scoring 4 goals in every match. Last time these two sides met, Monaco thrashed the opposition with a 4-0 convincing away victory.
The home side will look to pose a threat against their rivals with the inclusion of Radamel Falcao, returning after more than 2 months. Falcao should make his way into the starting lineup, in place of in-form striker, Stevan Jovetic.
Midfielder Adama Traore, who suffered a hamstring injury back in November, is inching near for the comeback in the team.
Lille are facing injury crisis as their prominent attacker El-Ghazi is sidelined due to injury.
Furthermore, defender Edgar Ie and attacker Kevin Malcuit are still doubtful to make into the team, following their injuries.
Disappointing last few games for striker Lebo Mothiba may see him make way for Ezequiel Ponce.
Monaco vs Lille Lineup (Predicted XI)
Monaco Lineup (4-2-3-1)
Defenders: Sidibe (RB), Raggi (RCB), Jemerson (LCB), Jorge (LB)
Midfielders: Moutinho (RDM), Fabinho (LDM), Balde (RM), Lemar (CM), Lopes (LM)
Lille Lineup (5-4-1)
Defenders: Dabila (RB), Soumaoro (RCB), Amadou (CB), Alonso (LCB), Ballo (LB)
Midfielders: Pepe (RM), Benzia (CM), Maia (CM), Mendes (LM)
Monaco vs Lille Prediction
The match seems easy for Monaco considering their recent league run. They have been playing eye-catching attacking football and managing to win the games in stressful situations. With home conditions favoring them, Monaco surely look to rattle their guests.
On the other hand, Lille seem to have lost the plot. The poor recent form will not give any chance for the visitors to turn the tide in their favor.
Our prediction: Monaco 3-0 Lille.