The ground will shake in Stade Louis II on Friday evening as Monaco and Montpellier, the two fierce local rivals, clash each other in the Derby. Monaco are eyeing their third consecutive victory in the L1, and the match against Montpellier is supposed to be simple for the hosts.
Wissam Ben Yedder netted his 16th goal of the term in the 2-1 victory against Amiens, and he will be Monaco’s player to watch.
As for the guests, La Paillade struggled for a 1-0 victory against Saint-Etienne. With that win, the team finished their three-game winless run in all competitions. Salomon Sambia will miss the Monaco game through his suspension.
Monaco are eager to complete a run of three victories in a row in L1 for the first time since the 2017/18 season. Monaco’s home games in this term have seen a league-high average of 4.0 goals per-match. They will be looking to achieve an impressive home record against Montpellier. They have kept only one clean sheet on the road in L1 this season.
Fans are expecting a lively start here, as Montpellier have conceded the opener within 15mins in 75% (3) of their last four road trips in the top-flight.
Stat attack and Players to watch
Monaco: Monaco forward Wissam Ben Yedder leads the L1 scoring charts with his 16 goals. Eight of these he has netted in the opening half-hour.
Montpellier: Florent Mollet has so far netted six L1 goals for Montpellier in this season. Four of these goals arrived after the break.
Montpellier have finished three L1 away matches in a draw. In these games, they were leading at half-time. On the other hand, Monaco have maintained a first-half clean sheet in five of the six latest L1 H2Hs.