Preview: Montpellier HSC vs. Monaco

Preview: Montpellier HSC vs. Monaco

Two teams in the top half of the Ligue 1 table will meet on Sunday when Montpellier HSC will welcome Monaco to Stade de la Mosson.

The hosts head into this match on the back of a defeat in their most recent performance, meanwhile the Monegasques have a three-game undefeated streak right now.

Montpellier are currently 10th in the Ligue 1 table, and that has come with mixed results to this point with four victories and five defeats.

At home is where the team have thrived the most though, winning three of the four matches to this point in front of their own fans.

However, Montpellier do head into Sunday’s fixture on the back of a defeat away from home against Toulouse in what was a six-goal thriller.

Nicolas Cozza gave his team a seventh-minute lead in that game, and while Elye Wahi also got himself on the scoresheet, Montpellier ended up being beaten 4-2.

The defensive side of their game is something that Montpellier do need to work on though, as only three teams have conceded more goals to this point, all of which are in the bottom half of Ligue 1.

On the other hand, Monaco have been stronger at the back and they have only conceded twice on the road across their opening four matches.

Philippe Clement’s men have been just as impressive offensively, and that is something that was on display in midweek during their latest Europa League game.

Monaco defeated Trabzonspor 3-1 with Ben Yedder picking up a brace while central defender Axel Disasi also managed to get on the scoresheet.

The Monegasques will be hoping to push themselves into a Champions League position this season, but right now they are five points away from that goal.

A consistent run could lead to them putting real pressure on those above them, and after three wins in a row in their previous matches that is something they could be on their way to achieving.

Montpellier HSC Ligue 1 form:
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We say: Montpellier HSC 1-2 Monaco
Montpellier have the home advantage in this match, and that is something that could prove to be vital for them as they look to start climbing the league table.

However, because Monaco are in stronger form at the moment, and are coming off the back of a big victory they will be the favourites to win.

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