Monaco vs Nice
French Ligue 1
Date: Saturday, 4th February 2017
Kick off at 16:00 UK / 17:00 CET
Venue: Stade Louis II, Monaco.
AS Monaco host Nice as Ligue 1 fans get set for the battle of table toppers. The home side are on top of the league table with 49 points. While, Nice are behind them on goal difference despite having the same points.
Monaco saw their 3 games winning streak come to end in the crush clash against PSG last weekend. The Red and Whites scored late in to second half to ensure that they return with a point from Parc de Princess. Their current form is excellent as they lost just once in their last 13 league games. The lone defeat during the period has come at home, against Lyon on 18th December.
Leonardo Jardim’s men are on top of the goal scoring chart with 69 goals in 22 league games so far. And they average an impressive 3 goals per game.
Nice started the year 2017 with a defeat in the Coupe de France fixture. But they bounced back quickly with a 3-1 win against Guingamp in the Ligue 1 clash.
The Eaglets have the best defensive record in the league after letting in just 15 goals this season. They are unbeaten in their last 10 Ligue 1 games. But six of them are draws, which cost them the top position in the league table.
Monaco vs Nice: Head-to-Head Stats
Nice enjoyed a 4-0 win when they met Monaco in their first leg clash of the 2016/17 season on September 2016. The win ended Nice’s two match losing streak at home in style. Thanks to a double from Mario Balotelli and a goal each from Paul Baysse and Alassane Plea.
However, Nice have only recorded one win in their last 5 league visits to the Stade Louis II in Monaco. While Monaco scooped a 1-0 win in their last home match against Nice at this stadium.
Monaco vs Nice: Prediction
Both sides are in need of at least a point, as they are chased and followed by defending champions Paris Saint Germain at a 3 point gap.
Monaco can boast of an excellent home record this season after picking up 9 wins and a draw from their 11 games. They have scored a massive 38 goals at home, the same Nice has scored in their 22 league matches this season.
However, Nice are a tough team to beat and have a decent away record. They lost just once on the road from 10 league games so far. Therefore, this clash is evenly poised. And we could witness the teams cancelling each other out at the end of 90 minutes.
Monaco vs Nice: Bet Tips
Both Teams to Score at 1.70 (7/10)
FT – Draw at 4.20 (16/5).