Match date: 13 Jan 2018
| Sport: Football
| Competition: France Football
| Stake: 7/10
| Pick: 2
| Match result:
0-0 - Lost
Montpellier can be more than satisfied with their effort in this season, they are at 8th position at the table and more important is that are in good form, in last 11 matches this team suffered only one defeat, that happened in duel with bottom placed Metz in December at home and it was a surprise but they returned on winning tracks in very next round where defeated Bordeaux, tonight in 20th round of French Ligue 1 awaiting title defenders Monaco and to take something from this must play some remarkable football, they aren't complete outsiders but this will be a tough challenge.
Montpellier are still competing in both Cups, three days ago they celebrated with narrow result over Angers and reached semi finals of League cup while few days earlier were better than lower ranked Pontarlier in French Cup. In last match in league what we already mentioned defeated Bordeaux where simple were better and in the end that was routine victory, still in front of them are strong opponents against which earned one point in first encounter in this campaign in September after a draw on the road, guests are now in great form and i doubt that Montepellier will repeat that.
Defender Cozza (2/0) and forward Ninga (15/1) are both injured and won't be available here.
Monaco probably won't be able to defend a title since PSG seems unstoppable, team from Paris reinforced their squad during summer and are without any doubts strongest team in France, Monaco are at second position with nine points less and must try to keep that spot and at least win direct placement in Champions league group stage, they have same number of points as third placed Lyon and must go for a victory tonight, they have quality to beat Montpellier but must play on high level since opponents proved that can surprise and mustn't be underestimated.
Monaco celebrated in last game in League Cup over Nice four days ago, although weren't much better side and Nice had more chances and were better in almost all segments of the match Monaco exploited their chances and were pretty accurate. That was their 6th consecutive victory, after two weeks break they are rested and must try to start things year in league in best possible manner, with victory, in front of them are decent hosts but Monaco should extend their nice series, after elimination from Europe i believe that this team can at least keep their second position in France.
Defender Serrano (0/0), midfielder Traore (3/3) and forward Falcao (16/15) are injured and will miss this match.
Montpellier are in great form and probably achieved even better results than expected, they will face with Monaco which despite aren't strong as in last campaign still are team which plays some great offensive football and how i see things guests are much closer to a victory.