Monaco vs Lille

Lille’s Burak Yilmaz, left, and Angers’ Romain Thomas challenge for the ball during the French League One soccer match between Lille and Angers in Villeneuve d’Ascq, northern France, Saturday Nov. 6, 2021. (AP Photo/Michel Spingler)

  • Struggling pair of French giants meet at Stade Louis II at 3:00 pm ET on Friday
  • Reigning champions Lille and last season’s challengers Monaco both stuck in mid-table
  • See the odds and  best bets for Monaco vs Lille in France Ligue 1 Round 14

Monaco and Lille are giants of French football but their meeting on Friday is an unexpected mid-table clash. Monaco vs Lille kicks off at 3:00 pm EST Friday.

It has been a disappointing campaign for both teams as Monaco sits in 11th place – with reigning champions Lille in 12th spot in the Ligue 1 standings.

However, the picture is not completely bleak. The table is tightly congested and with 18 points, Monaco is only six points behind second-placed Lens.

Meanwhile, Lille has a tally of 16 points.

Monaco vs Lille Odds

Matchup Spread Moneyline Total
Monaco vs Lille MON -0.5 (+105) | LIL +0.5 (-135) MON +115 | LIL +260 | DRAW +235 Ov 2.5 (+100) | Un 2.5 (-125)

Odds as of November 18 at DraftKings

Lille, furthermore, has failed to win in its last four league matches while Monaco has won only once over the same course of fixtures.

With this poor form in mind, DraftKings accordingly makes Monaco a +115 favorite.

Additionally, Lille is priced at +260 with the draw looking the best prospect here at a generous +235.

Last season, Monaco was a challenger for Lille in the title race. But the increased workload of European football seems to have harmed both sides domestically.

Monaco In Good Form At Home

At least, though, Monaco can take confidence from some good home form recently.

It has won its last three league fixtures at the Stade Louis II and is also unbeaten in two Europa League games at its base in the mega-wealthy Mediterranean principality.

Moreover, it hit three goals each time in those defeats of St. Etienne, Bordeaux and Montpellier – while conceding only twice across that stretch of games.

Indeed, Monaco sits on top of its Europa League group after two wins and two draws in the competition; although, therefore, that effort has taken its toll on the team’s league form.

There is, however, a worrying lack of goals at present.

The Monegasque side has failed to find the net in its last three outings.

Monaco has failed to score in 46 percent of its league fixtures so far.

There was a 2-0 defeat at Brest followed by a 0-0 draw at Reims in the most recent two league games. And there was, additionally, a 0-0 draw at home against PSV Eindhoven in the Europa League.

That adds up to 298 minutes of play without a goal.

Indeed, the side has failed to score in 46 percent of its league fixtures so far.

However, its leading scorer, the striker Wissam Ben Yedder, found the net four times in that run of three home wins so he is likely to be a key figure this time around, too.

Ligue 1 Monaco vs Lille Stats

5 Wins 4
3 Draws 4
5 Losses 5
17 Goals 16
16 Goals Against 19
25 Yellow Cards 34
2 Red Cards 1
2 Clean Sheets 1

Comparatively, Lille’s form on the road has been a major concern under new coach Jocelyn Gourvennec, who is under pressure in his first season in command.

His team has won away from home just once while losing four times and drawing on three occasions.

It appeared that the team had turned the corner with a run of three straight wins in September.

But it has subsequently lost twice and drawn twice while managing only three goals across that spread of games – with the last outing was a 1-1 draw at home against Angers before the international break.

David Hits Target for Lille

The leading scorer for Lille is the Canadian forward Jonathan David who has hit eight goals this season. In fact, this makes him the league’s joint-leading marksman.

But it says a lot about Lille’s struggles in offense that his nearest rival in the team’s goalscoring charts is Burak Yilmaz who has just three strikes – and who has not scored in his last six league games.

The team has, however, shown its capabilities in the Champions League with the most recent result an impressive 2-1 win at Sevilla. Indeed, Lille sits second in its group after one win, two draws and only one defeat.

These teams drew 0-0 in their most recent meeting in Monaco last March.

That came following a 2-1 win for Lille in northern France last December.

Cesc Fabregas, Monaco’s veteran playmaker, is again sidelined by injury

Lille, meanwhile, has not won in its last nine league visits to Monaco.

Cesc Fabregas, Monaco’s veteran playmaker, is again sidelined by injury while the defender Benoit Badiashelle and creative midfielder Alexsandr Golovin are both suspended.

Those absences could open the door for Lille to improve their away form.

So, in conclusion, it may be that recent performances suggest that Monaco may be too strong at home.

Lille, however, is desperate for good news league-wise and could well grind out a draw here.

Pick: Draw +235

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