Having met in the league cup just last week, these two come together for the second time in quick succession. Monaco came out on top on that occasion, but their win was far from convincing. Leonardo Jardim’s men didn’t exactly light up the Stade de la Mosson when drawing 0-0 away to Montpellier at the weekend either. A similarly weak performance here could see them caught out. Considering that Nice bounced back with a dominant win over Amiens at the weekend, the visitors might just fancy their chances of exacting revenge on a Monaco side that is yet to really fire on all cylinders since returning from the continental winter break.
Monaco are in 2nd place as things stand, but with both Lyon and Marseille hot on their tail, they might not be for much longer, especially if they don’t get their act together. They are and will remain a threat going forward, but as last week’s cup match, whereby Nice found the Monaco back-line easy to get at, showed, Jardim’s side need to sharpen up defensively. Fortunately for the hosts, Nice have also been very poor at the back this season. The bet that stands out here is ‘Over 2.5 Goals & BTTS’.
At times, Nice have struggled for goals on the road this season, but they are unlikely to be without chances in this match. Monaco are a side who’ll waste little time sitting back, so the visitors should have plenty of space on the break. With the pace in their ranks, it’s easy to see Lucien Favre’s side getting joy in the final third. After all, Monaco did make hard work of containing them last week. The problems, as is so often the case, could come at the other end. Clean sheets away from home have been like gold dust as far as Nice have been concerned this season. Only once have Favre’s side, who’re unlikely to match last season’s 3rd place finish, prevented their opposition from scoring on the road. With Monaco likely to come on strong at Stade Louis II, such a record is far from encouraging.
With Nice having conceded goals all too easily away from home this season, a Monaco side who’ve been free-scoring at home ought to fancy themselves going forward. The hosts have scored an average of 2.8 goals per home match in Ligue 1 this season, while ‘Over 2.5 Goals’ has landed in 70% of their games in front of a home crowd.
All in all, with Monaco’s attacking style likely to make this an open encounter, and with both teams having threatened each other just last week, a goal-filled match is expected to take place.