Lille vs Monaco - Cagey contest to produce few goals

High flying Lille to be stifled by resurgent Monaco
Lille vs Monaco
Lille and Monaco are tipped to play out low scoring draw on friday night (Getty Images)

Lille vs Monaco Preview, Predictions & Betting Tips


Lille and Monaco are set to produce a tight contest when they clash in a French Ligue 1 fixture at the Stade Pierre-Mauroy. Both teams are unbeaten in their last five matches and are tipped for a draw at 3.20, with two solid defensive records to produce under 2.5 goals at odds of 1.72.

Lille OSC Form & Team News 


Lille are looking to consolidate second place in Ligue 1 with PSG running away with the 1 title. They are seven points above closest rivals Lyon and head into Friday's fixture unbeaten in their last nine matches.

Les Dogues earned a 1-0 victory away at Saint-Etienne in their previous outing in Ligue 1. Nicolas Pepe struck the only goal three minutes from time to earn Christophe Galtier's team all three points. Another victory on Friday is set at odds of 2.25.

Lille's recent good form has been built on a sturdy defence as they have conceded just one goal in their last five matches. The central defensive duo of Jose Fonte and Gabriel have been pivotal to that run and both men should start on Friday.

Jose Fonte
Lille defender Jose Fonte has helped his team to four clean sheets in their last five matches (Getty Images)

AS Monaco Form & Team News


Monaco continue to improve following the return of manager Leonardo Jardim. They are unbeaten in their last six Ligue 1 matches and are now six points clear of the bottom three. A win at the Stade Pierre-Mauroy looks a difficult feat to achieve and is valued at 3.30.

Les Monegasques were held to a 1-1 draw at home by Bordeaux in their previous Ligue 1 fixture. They took the lead on 48 minutes through Radamel Falcao but conceded the equaliser midway through the second half.

Monaco have also been tight at the back in recent weeks, keeping two clean sheets in their last four matches. Kamil Glik is set to return to partner Jemerson in central defence after missing the draw against Bordeaux due to suspension.

AS Monaco
AS Monaco have seen under 2.5 goals in three of their last four matches (Getty Images)

Lille vs Monaco Head-to-Head 


Monaco have a 17-11 advantage with 13 draws from 41 previous matches against Lille. Both teams played out a 0-0 draw in the reverse fixture at the Stade Louis II.

Lille vs Monaco Match Up 


The duo of Jose Fonte and Gabriel have been excellent for Lille in recent weeks with just one goal conceded in their last five matches. Both men have a great understanding in central defence and will be confident of shutting out the visitors.

Monaco have been just as solid at the back lately with two clean sheets in their last four matches. Glik and Jemerson are expected to stand firm against the likes of Pepe and Jonathan Bamba, who have combined for just one goal in their last five appearances for Lille.

Lille vs Monaco Key Statistics 


  • Lille have seen under 2.5 goals in their last 5 matches (Ligue 1).
  • Lille are unbeaten in their last 9 matches (Ligue 1).
  • Monaco have seen under 2.5 goals in 3 of their last 4 matches (Ligue 1).
  • Monaco are unbeaten in their last 6 matches (Ligue 1).

Verdict 


Lille and Monaco have shown plenty of steel in defence in recent matches. Both teams give away very little at the back and are tipped to produce under 2.5 goals at odds of 1.73. The rivals are also expected to cancel each other out and play out a draw at 3.30.

Best Bet: Under 2.5 goals @ 1.72 at bet365 – 5 Units
Value Bet: Draw @ 3.20 at bet365 – 2 Units
Correct Score Tip: 1-1 Draw @ 6.00 at bet365 – 1 Unit
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