The Great Danes and the Monégasques are fighting for 2nd place in Ligue 1 when they meet on Sunday, and here is my Lille vs. Monaco Preview for that intriguing clash.
Lille Recent Form & Team News
Lille remain firmly in the title chase thanks to a joint-league low one defeat (W6, D5, L1), and a defense that’s conceded a joint-league low 0.67 goals per match. However, their push has faltered recently with just one win across their previous five Ligue 1 matches (W1, D3, L1), albeit that victory came at home in a 4-0 thrashing versus Lorient that saw Lille register 31 shot attempts – more than they’ve managed in any L1 game across the previous 15 seasons.
That victory forms part of an unbeaten record at home this L1 campaign (W4, D2), a run that witnessed Lille net the opener before HT on five occasions. That’s under pressure here versus Monaco though, a team Lille have lost three straight home league H2Hs against, and one that they only just edge the top-flight H2H record at home (W15, D20, L13).
Player to watch: Yusuf Yazici has scored three goals across Lille’s last two L1 home wins.
Christophe Galtier will be without Zeki Celik (ankle), Jeremy Pied (muscle), and Renato Sanches (thigh).
Monaco Recent Form & Team News
Monaco sit alongside Lille on 23 points, and just two points off top spot ahead of this gameweek. They’ve got there thanks to a run of four straight L1 wins – including one over reigning champions PSG – and an impressive average of 1.92 goals scored per Ligue 1 match so far, which stands as the division’s second highest ahead of this round.
The last time Monaco won five L1 games in a row during a single season – in 2016/17 – they went on to win the league, but a 60% loss rate on the road this season could put a spanner in the works of achieving such lofty heights again. Their average of 1.0 goals scored per L1 road trip hasn’t helped either.
Player to watch: Kevin Volland has been integral to Monaco’s recent good run, scoring five goals across their last four matches – four after HT.
Hot stat: Just one of Monaco’s 12 L1 fixtures was goalless at HT.
Niko Kovac cannot count on Benjamin Lecomte (wrist), while Aleksandr Golovin (muscle) is questionable to play on Sunday.
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