Montpellier hosts Monaco in round 22 of French Ligue 1. The match will be played on Sunday, January 23rd at Stade de la Mosson (Montpellier)
Olivier Dall’Oglio’s team is in 9th place in the French Ligue 1 standings with 31 points after 21 rounds. Montpellier gained nine victories and four draws and suffered eight losses. The Paladins have slowed down after a winning streak of six matches in the championship and the French Cup that began in December. Dall’Oglio’s suffered an away defeat from unyielding Strasbourg on January 16 (3-1), and three days later they lost a home match against Troyes (0-1). Montpellier players, who were considered favorites, failed the last game. In the 63rd minute, the hosts remained with ten men because Teji Savanier was sent off, and 11 minutes later, Troyes scored the winning goal.
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Philippe Clément’s team is in 6th position in the standings with 33 points. Monaco has nine victories, six draws, and six defeats after 21 rounds. In early January, the bosses of the club decided to reshuffle the coaching staff. Head coach Niko Kovac left the post, and Philippe Clement, known for his work with the Belgian Genk and Club Brugge KV, was invited to take his place. The new manager of the Monegasques made his debut on January 9 in the away match against Nantes, which ended without goals. A week later, Monaco gained their first victory in Ligue 1 under Clement. The team hammered Clermont at home (4-0). Wissam Ben Yedder scored a brace, and Sofiane Diop and Caio Henrique also left their names on the scoreboard.
Montpellier regularly experiences problems in confrontations against Monaco. In four previous matches in Ligue 1, the Paladins gained one draw and suffered three defeats. In addition, Montpellier usually fails home matches against the Monegasques. In the last 22 games of the French Championship at Stade de la Mosson, the hosts gained only one victory and eight draws and suffered 13 losses. Pre-match setups indicate a slight advantage for Monaco. The team has a good history of confrontation against the Paladins and surpasses them in terms of the level of players. In addition, Montpellier cannot count on key player Teji Savanier, and this reduces the chances of the home team to earn three points. A goal exchange is a popular outcome in games between these opponents. It was recorded in six out of seven last cases. The teams’ attacking lines are in perfect order. Montpellier scored in five of six previous rounds, and Monaco did it in six of eight matches.