Monaco vs Nice – Goals to come at a premium in tight encounter

Visitors to earn a draw at the Principality
Monaco vs Nice Match Preview, Predictions & Betting Tips
Monaco and Nice set to play out a draw in Ligue 1 clash (Getty Images)

Monaco vs Nice Match Preview, Predictions & Betting Tips

Goals are likely to be scarce when Monaco take on Nice in a Ligue 1 clash at the Stade Louis II on Friday. A stake on under 2.5 goals is advised with both teams expected to settle for a draw.

AS Monaco Form & Team News

Monaco continue to struggle for consistency under manager Thierry Henry having claimed just two wins since the former striker took charge as boss. They are still near the bottom of the standings and have been knocked out of Europe.

The Principality club head into Friday's match in confident mood having secured a 2-0 victory away at Amiens in a midweek fixture. Radamel Falcao struck both goals from the penalty spot in each half with the second coming deep into added time.

Monaco have been plagued by a serious injury crisis for much of the season with several first team players currently sidelined. Aleksandr Golovin is set to return after missing the midweek clash due to suspension while Falcao is expected to continue in attack following his brace on Tuesday.

Monaco coach Thierry Henry has endured a turbulent start to life in the Principality (Getty Images)

OGC Nice Form & Team News

Nice are challenging higher up the table than Monaco, although they have claimed just seven wins in 16 matches this season. They have earned five victories and two draws in their last seven matches and are currently seventh in the standings with 25 points, three off the top four places. 

Patrick Vieira's men have been held goalless in their last two fixtures including a stalemate at home against Angers on Tuesday. They would consider themselves unlucky not to have claimed all three points having missed a number of good opportunities.

One thing that has served Nice well in recent weeks is their sturdy defence with six clean sheets in their last seven matches. The trio of Dante, Malang Sarr and Christophe Herelle should continue their partnership in defence while Mario Balotelli is set to start in attack as he seeks his first goal of the campaign.

Nice coach Patrick Vieira has made his team defensively solid (Getty Images)

Monaco vs Nice Head-to-Head 

There have been 38 previous matches involving Monaco and Nice with the hosts leading the head to head by 17 wins to 13. Monaco also have the edge in recent meetings having claimed three wins and suffered two defeats in the last six fixtures.

Nice were unbeaten in the league against Monaco last season as they earned a 4-0 victory at home before settling for a 2-2 draw at the Stade Louis II. The Principality club however defeated the Eaglets 2-1 in the quarter final of the Coupe De France.

Monaco vs Nice Match Up 

With the injury problems at the Stade Louis II, Falcao has shouldered much of Monaco's attacking responsibility in recent matches. The Colombian striker has scored three goals in his last five matches but could struggle on his own against a tight Nice backline.

Nice's recent defensive style has had an adverse effect further up the pitch as they have struggled for goals lately. The visitors have failed to score in their last two matches and could find things difficult on Friday.

Monaco vs Nice Key Statistics 

  • Monaco are unbeaten in 6 of their last 8 matches against Nice (All Competitions).
  • Monaco have seen Under 2.5 goals in 4 of their last 6 matches (All Competitions).
  • Nice have Under 2.5 goals in 8 of their last 10 matches (Ligue 1).
  • Nice are unbeaten in 7 of their last 8 away matches (Ligue 1).
  • Nice have scored at least 1 goal in 8 of their last 10 away matches (Ligue 1).

Monaco vs Nice Verdict

Friday's clash looks set to be a low scoring affair as both teams have struggled for goals lately. Monaco's record over Nice means they are good enough to earn at least a point in this one.

Best Bet: Under 2.5 goals @ 1.77 – 5 Units
Value Bet: Draw @ 3.35 – 3 Units
Correct Score Tip: 1-1 @ 6.30 – 1 Unit

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