Place: Monaco. Fontvieille. Stade Louis II.
Date: on the 18th of August, 2018 (Sunday)
Match start: 19:00 (GMT+1)
Tournament: Championship of France. Ligue 1. 2nd round.
Monaco (the head coach Leonardo Jardim)
In first round of the new French championship any neutral result hasn’t been recorded. Thus, prior to the second match day at once ten teams are at the head of standings, including the quartet of the best clubs of last season. These are Paris Saint-Germain, Monaco, Lyon and Marseille.
We present to your attention the first in new championship home match of the ex-champion 2017 and the current vice-champion of Monaco. Alas, Monegasques are still losing much more, than are gaining. As a result, instead of Thomas Lemar (Atlético Madrid), Fabinho (Liverpool) and João Moutinho (Wolverhampton ) only the best midfielder of Russian national team Alexander Golovin has been signed as a top player. However he has been traumatized and has left the field for one-two months.
To tell the truth, with the current staff policy it will be very difficult for the team of Leonardo Jardim to compete with other challengers for Champions League berths Marseille and Lyon.
Lille (the head coach Christophe Galtier)
And one of those clubs that are still in a shadow but which in frames of the current season can already compete with initial challengers for the second and third Champions League places is the champion of France2011 – Lille.
Of course, one of the most experienced experts of the French football Christophe Galtier who earlier, for eight years was the head coach of the most titled club of the country Saint-Étienne became the main purchase of the Drugs last season.
We will remind you that Galtier has hosted Lille in the “unscrambled” state, but, nevertheless, according to the results of last season the team has taken the 17th place and has kept the place in an elite division. But now, in the starting round of new championship, the hosts of Stade Pierre-Mauroy has won over Rennais (3:1) and with three winning points enter into the big group of leaders of a new champion race.
Bookmaker coefficients on the match Monaco vs. Lille
Three previous meetings of Monegasques with the Drugs on Stade Louis II have ended with three home wins (2:1, 4:0 and 2:1). Of course, now the team of Leonardo Jardim is considered by bookmakers to be the pronounced favorite of a new meeting: Monaco – 1.45, Lille – 6.50.
As we have already noted, in a new season the team of Christophe Galtier can become quite real rival for Marseille, Lyon and Monaco in fight for the second and third Champions League places. Nice also has the tournament ambitions, however the hosts of Allianz Riviera have unexpectedly lost to Reims in the first round (0:1).
But both the hosts and guests of the forthcoming match have earned the winning points. And therefore now Monegasques and the Drugs will seek to continue the win streak.
Both teams to score (yes) – odds 1.67 Betfair
Lille (Asian Handicap +1) – odds 1.79 5Dimes