New-look Monaco to win once more
Monaco vs Nimes (fifth vs fifteenth)
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Monaco produced a sensational comeback to defeat PSG 3-2 final weekend and are actually trying to construct on that beautiful triumph with a extra routine win at dwelling to Nimes.
Monaco had been 2-0 down at dwelling to PSG at half-time however made two substitutions on the interval to show the sport round. Cesc Fabregas (pictured under) and left-back Caio Henrique had been wonderful after their half-time introduction, with two targets from Kevin Volland and a late Fabregas penalty winner doing the remainder.
Monaco supervisor Niko Kovac is constructing an interesting, younger and energetic facet on the Riviera, and Monaco more and more look able to difficult for a top-three spot this season.
To take action, they will want to choose up most factors from winnable fixtures like this. They must get the job accomplished in opposition to guests who’ve appeared mediocre in all departments in latest weeks.
Nimes had been 1-0 winners at Reims final weekend however had been fortunate to choose up all three factors after being below the cosh for a lot of the sport. Their fortuitous victory got here after 4 straight defeats, a run that was extra reflective of their latest efficiency ranges.
Nimes additionally journey to Monaco with out two of their greatest again 4: centre-back Anthony Briancon and Norway worldwide left-back Birger Meling are out, their absence robbing Nimes not solely of high quality but additionally persona.
Having netted 3 times in opposition to PSG with out prime scorer Wissam Ben Yedder Monaco must be much more harmful now that the France worldwide striker is again within the fold after a short while out following a optimistic coronavirus check.
With sufficient firepower to win by a few targets the Asian Handicap’s the good strategy to make the hosts pay. For a full information to Asian Handicap betting, click here.
Underrated Brest the good choice
Metz vs Brest (tenth vs thirteenth)
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Metz are forward of Brest within the Ligue 1 standings however should you have a look at the best way these two sides have performed just lately the percentages on the guests avoiding defeat look too lengthy.
Metz have 16 factors to Brest’s 15 factors with each golf equipment having performed 11 video games however Brest have performed the higher soccer just lately and will likely be assured of choosing up one thing from this journey. Metz are 2.35/4 to win, with Brest 3.3512/5 and The Draw 3.55/2.
Robust to beat, Metz are W2-D3-L0 from their final 5 video games however are hardly ever the dominant facet over 90 minutes. The one time in latest weeks the place Metz had been truly the higher workforce got here in opposition to St Etienne (2-0 win) – the identical St Etienne that Brest thrashed 4-1 final weekend.
Brest blow cold and warm, however man-for-man will area a stronger beginning line-up than Metz this weekend. Brest have super attacking choices – Franck Honorat, Ivan Cardona and ex-Huddersfield City striker Steve Mounie have all discovered the online just lately – which explains why they’ve scored seven targets of their final two video games (4-1 vs St Etienne, 3-2 vs Lille).
In distinction, Metz are nonetheless adjusting to life with out six-goal top-scorer Ibrahima Niane. He has been dominated out for the rest of the season by a critical harm he suffered in mid-October. With out Niane, Metz’s targets rely will flatline at a reasonably low stage within the months to return.
Brest are value contemplating at 3.3512/5. Alternatively, use the large odds on the guests to again Brest on the Asian Handicap. Our decide on this match means you’ll make a revenue if Brest win or the sport ends in a draw.
Galtier to get higher of Puel
St Etienne vs Lille (sixteenth vs 2nd)
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There are numerous sub-plots forward of this sport however the headline is that Lille are guess to inflict an eighth consecutive defeat on a St Etienne facet struggling to flee one of many worst runs of kind of their historical past.
St Etienne supervisor Claude Puel was famously in cost at Lille (2002-08) whereas present Lille boss Christophe Galtier constructed his repute throughout an extended and fashionable reign at St Etienne (2009-17) but there will likely be no sentiment when these two vital figures within the French sport take their locations on the benches on Sunday evening.
Lille are odds-on to win however arguably need to be even shorter than the 1.84/5 accessible on them given how they’ve performed this season.
Lille are W6-D4-L1 however considerably have dropped factors solely in opposition to sides at the moment forward of St Etienne within the standings. Their document in opposition to sides that, like St Etienne, are at the moment within the bottom-half of the desk is W3-D0-L0 (together with two away wins), with eight targets scored and none conceded.
St Etienne’s run of seven straight defeats heading into this sport has proven up critical weaknesses, particularly in defence: St Etienne have conceded 12 targets of their final 5 outings and can wrestle to close out a Lille assault that boasts high quality on the flanks within the type of Luiz Araujo and Jonathan Bamba, and sophistication in central areas due to Burak Yilmaz and Jonathan David.
With such an apparent distinction in high quality Lille are a powerful choice to gather all three factors.