AS Monaco will look to cut down the gap when they host Lille at the Stade Louis II in the Ligue 1 on Saturday night.
Monaco Match Form
Les Monegasques are having a much better season when compared to the last one, where they barely escaped relegation to finish 17th. However, this time around, they find themselves 9th in the league table, with 25 points from 17 games.
Leonardo Jardim has done a superb job of turning things around in his second stint as manager at the club. While his team is level on points with Lyon, Angers and St.Etienne, only 5 points separate them from a European spot.
Thus, Monaco will look to continue their ascent when Lille come to town for the second time this week. After losing to their opponents 3-0 midweek in the Coupe de la Ligue, Jardim will be looking for a response on Saturday.
Lille Match Form
Coming to their opponents, Lille are enjoying another fine season, after finishing second behind Paris Saint-Germain last season. Christophe Galler is doing a fine job once again with his side currently third in the league table.
They have picked up 31 points from 18 games, with Rennes just a point behind in 4th. However, Marseille are 4 points ahead while the defending champions PSG are a further 7 points ahead.
Les Dogues will be looking to focus entirely on finishing in the UEFA Champions League spots once again, after getting eliminated in the group stage this season. A 3-0 win against the same opponents midweek should provide the necessary incentive to repeat it on Saturday.
In terms of team news, the home side will welcome the return of Diego Benaglio while Benjamin Henrichs, Pietro Pellegri and Willem Geubbels are doubts for the game. Meanwhile, Galler will miss the services of Timothy Weah while Saad Agouzoul is back in training for the visitors.
Monaco vs Lille Betting Tips & H2H
Looking at recent head-to-head, Monaco have won 3 of the last 5 meetings with Lille winning the most recent one. Further, Les Monegasques kept a clean sheet in 3 of those 5 as well.
However, recent form shows that Les Dogues have won each of their last 4 league games while the hosts have won just 2 of their last 4. Further, the loss midweek also highlights at the visitors’ superiority at the moment.
Therefore, this will be a pretty close game with the visitors edging a 2-1 win at the end of 90 minutes.
Monaco Predicted XI
Subasic; Jemerson, Glik, Maripan, Dias; Bakayoko, Silva, Golovin; Martins, Slimani, Yedder
Lille Predicted XI
Maignan; Celik, Fonte, Gabriel, Bradaric; Andre, Soumare; Sanches, Ikone, Bamba; Osimhen