Match date: 16 Jan 2018
| Sport: Football
| Competition: France Football
| Stake: 8/10
| Pick: 1 (-1 AH)
| Match result:
2-2 - Lost
Monaco will face with Nice tonight in 21st round of Ligue 1 and must go for a victory, they failed to win in last game few days ago when faced with Montpellier, in that duel away from home they failed to score and divided points after goalless draw, after six consecutive victories that nice streak was interrupted and now will have a harder task to defeat decent Nice. In last encounter with Nice one week ago in League Cup achieved victory with one goal margin, although they had a bit of luck still managed to defeat Nice on the road, this time in front of their fans they should at least repeat that and retain second position at the table.
Monaco are defending a title in Freance but they are 11 points behind PSG and it will be almost impossible to keep up with them, team from Paris are undoubtedly strongest team in France and it will be extremely hard to prevent them from winning the title, in Champions league Monaco completely disappointed, they took only two points in six rounds of group stage and will miss knockout stage, anyway now battle for position in Europe still left and they must continue with collecting of points in tonight i'm pretty sure that can celebrate at home and achieve their 14th victory in Ligue 1 in this season.
Defender Jemerson (19/2), midfielders Traore (3/3), Boschilia (3/0) and forward Carrillo (5/4) are injured and won't be available while midfielder Fabinho (19/3) will also stay out due to a suspension.
Nice on the other side had a pretty goo previous season in France and were third in the end, however they failed to reach Champions league after qualifiers and played in Europa league group stage where were slight better than in last season, they won placement into knockout stage but in Ligue 1 weren't good enough to stay among top placed teams, currently are at 6th spot and must find consistency in their game in order to climb up, they are still decent team and for sure can confront to Monaco but at this stadium will be very hard, in last two games here were defeated and to set up different outcome tonight must play some really good football.
In their first meeting in league with Monaco in September Nice achieved very convincing victory at home, they scored four goals there while kept a clean sheet, however in that game they exploited most of their chances and while Monaco had really bad day, here i simple don't believe that can repeat that. Guests weren't so great in defense with 29 goals conceded so far, to save their own net against third most effective team in league must show some really great defensive skills. From both Cups guests were eliminated in January and now are playing only in Europa league and Ligue 1, in last round defeated Amiens with narrow result but here won't have much chances for success.
Defenders Souquet (18/0), Jallet (15/0), midfielders Mendy (11/0), Lusamba (3/0) and forward Le Bihan (0/0) will all miss this game due to injuries and midfielder Tameze (14/0) is suspended.
Monaco will be seeking for a revenge, they defeated Nice few days ago but now want another one in order to retain second spot, they are in good form and are favorites with a reason, Nice had lack of consistency in their game and i doubt that will repeat results from previous season, Monaco to win seems like a safest option for this duel.