Ligue 1 Match of the Day Round 2 – Monaco vs. Lille (8/18/18)

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The Monégasques are welcoming the Great Danes in the second round of the French Ligue 1 and both teams are hoping for maximum points after respective wins in the opener over Nantes and Rennes with an identical 3-1 result. The game between Monaco and Lille will take place at the Stade Louis II on Saturday, August 18th.

MONACO vs. LILLE

Three-Way: 1: Monaco -200; X: +333 Draw; 2: Lille +550 at BetDSI Sportsbook

Spread -1: Monaco -110; Lille +102

Total 3 goals: Over +104; Under -127

MONACO

The Monégasques are not as strong as it was the case last year but despite losing a number of their top players such as Fabinho and Thomas Lemar over the summer, and enduring a poor pre-season campaign, Monaco reacted well with a 3-1 success away to Nantes in the opening round. Leonardo Jardim’s side was destroyed in the Super Cup tilt as the reigning champions PSG dismantled them in a 4-0 win, but Monaco responded well at the Stade de la Beaujoire thanks to an excellent second-half performance. Rony Lopes, Stevan Jovetic, and Radamel Falcao scored in space of 14 minutes to secure three points, while Nantes only softened the defeat through Emiliano Sala in injury time.

Betting Trends:

  • Monaco lost only one of their last 29 home L1 fixtures
  • Monaco scored at least two goals in 24 of their last 29 home games
  • Portuguese striker Rony Lopes continued his recent good form by scoring four goals in his last four competitive matches

LILLE

The Great Danes barely secured the elite status last season as they finished just above the relegation zone, but they are hoping to put the bad campaign behind and fight for the European place this time around. Lille will be looking to bring back a good result from their trip to the French Riviera after defeating Rennes at home in the opener, despite being a goal down. That deficit didn’t last long as Lebo Mothiba equalized just two minutes following Clement Grenier’s opener, and the hosts translated their domination into a couple of goals in the second half through Nicolas Pepe and Jonathan Bamba to make it 3-1.

Betting Trends:

  • Lille have lost ten of their last 14 away matches in the top flight (W3, D1, L10)
  • Lille conceded at least two goals in the last seven matches on the road
  • Nicolas Pepe scored 13 goals and provided six assists for Lille last season, and he also scored in the opening round

Monaco won 24 of 47 previous H2H meetings (W24, D14, L9), and scored nearly twice as many as they have conceded (scored 72 and conceded 38). The hosts have won their last four clashes against Lille in the league, scoring at least two goals in each win, while the last time the Great Danes celebrated a victory at the Stade Louis II was in December 2009. Both teams scored more goals in the second half of their respective matches last week, so I am backing the second half to produce most goals on this one.

MY PICK: Half with Most Goals: Second Half (+100)