Monaco Aims the First Place Ahead of Lille Clash

Florin P. - September 22, 2017

Lille prepares for a 90 minute siege against Monaco in the 7th round of Ligue 1 (7:45 p.m UK Time).

Monaco suffered a shocking and humiliating defeat against miss two weeks ago but quickly rebounded with a victory on the road. They had to split points in the Champions League, but now they can focus once again on the task at hand, which is to win the Ligue 1. Another triumph away from home would mean a great deal for the reigning champions, a victory that they can secure against Lille.

The Lille Fortress is Collapsing

It’s been a long time since Lille competed for Champions League places and the team is recently struggling in the second half of the standings. Their main quality over all these years has been the uncanny ability of defending effectively both at home and on the road. Recent results are far from satisfying and the team has won very few points against top opposition.

Playing against Monaco should provide them with the incentive to double their efforts and try to salvage at least one point. Over the last couple of games they had a hard time keeping clean sheets even against lesser teams and they now have three defenders missing due to injuries.

High Goals Production for Monaco

Monaco has won the last three head to head games against Lille and scored a combined 10 goals while allowing just three. They have no reason to hold back and play defensive football against a team that is unlikely to give them too many troubles up front. They don’t have any striker injured or suspended, so it is only fair to expect the hosts to feature three offensive players right from the start.

The bottom line is that players should take a leap of faith with the visiting team once again and back them to win at odds of 7/10. This is currently the value offered by bet365 Sports on Monaco to secure their fourth consecutive win over Lille, but the odds are expected to draw as kickoff draws near.

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