Ligue 1 Preview: Monaco vs. Montpellier

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Updated: August 13, 2013

Monaco's Radamel Falcao celebrates after scoring in the 2-0 Ligue 1 victory at Bordeaux

 

After a two-year stint in Ligue 2 and emerging as champions last season, AS Monaco are returning to the French top-tier football, League 1. It opened the new season with a remarkable win against Bordeaux 0-2 on August 8 and currently sit on the eighth spot of the League table. This August 17, the Claudio Ranieri-managed side will make their second appearance in the tournament, competing against powerhouse contenders Montpellier. The match will be held at the Stade Louis II, Monaco’s home court.

 

Monaco make a good new season debut.

The large sum of cash Monaco have spent to come up with a great squad is finally making a good return. New member Radamel Falcao has made sure that the 60-million Euro transfer fee he received will translate into an excellent performance, as seen clearly in the late goal he struck to drive Monaco into a sure win over Bordeaux 2-0 in a bid for the Ligue 1 trophy. Emmanuel Riviere was the first player to score a goal, just eight minutes before the match’s conclusion. Outside Ligue, Claudio Ranieri’s men have also been playing successfully in pre-season matches. These include tourneys with Tottenham Hotspur 5-2, Pescara 2-1, and Leicester City 3-0.

 

Montpellier is yet to make an impression.

Montpellier’s most recent performances are not telling any stellar results. Although they won against Ajaccio in a Club Friendly last month, their subsequent matches were neither impressive nor disappointing. Their last friendly match (with Espanyol) resulted in a draw 0-0 and their debut performance for the Ligue 1 new season also ended in a deadlock (with PSG 1-1). Jean Fernandez’ men have to show much more enthusiasm and energy in the pitch for them to achieve victories. A draw match may be considered a safe result, but there is nothing more inviting for a football audience to get engaged or participate in sports betting than a soaring triumph from their favorite team.

 

The final scores.

The last time the two teams competed against each other was more the two years ago, with Monaco eventually winning the match 0-1. This time around, Monaco are still considered the favorites to win the tournament, although Montpellier are just a few steps away to carry out the same fate. The match will likely end in a 2-1 final tally, with Monaco in the lead.

 

Monaco’s Radamel Falcao | Image source: theguardian.co.uk