MONACO V ST ETIENNE
Monaco enter this fixture coming off the back of a 2-2 Ligue 1 stalemate versus Nice.
In that game, Monaco managed 51% possession and 8 attempts on goal with 3 on target. For Monaco, the goals were scored by Aleksandr Golovin (39') and Wissam Ben Yedder (77'). OGC Nice had 12 shots at goal with 3 on target. Andy Delort (51') and Hicham Boudaoui (73') scored for Nice.
It has been seldom in recent times where Monaco have managed to hold out for a full 90 minutes. It will be a concern for them that Monaco have failed to prevent opponents from scoring in 5 of their previous 6 clashes, giving up 9 goals on the way. That aside, we’ll just have to find out whether the trend might be maintained here in this match.
Since tasting defeat last time out to Girondins de Bordeaux in Ligue 1 competition, St Etienne will be hoping to turn things around here.
In that match, St Etienne had 55% possession and 12 attempts at goal with 5 on target. The only player to score for St Etienne was Wahbi Khazri (73'). At the other end, Girondins de Bordeaux had 13 attempts on goal with 3 of them on target. Ui-Jo Hwang (7', 80') scored for Girondins de Bordeaux.
St Etienne have been effective going forward leading up to this encounter, scoring 6 times in their previous 6 matches. This doesn’t mask the fact that St Etienne have been somewhat leaky at the back, having also been scored against in 6 of those same games.
Prediction: Over 2.5 Goals
MONTPELLIER V BORDEAUX
Montpellier go into this fixture coming off the back of a 1-1 Ligue 1 drawn result versus ESTAC.
In that game, Montpellier had 58% possession and 6 attempts on goal with 2 on target. The scorer for Montpellier was Téji Savanier (87'). At the other end, ESTAC got 8 attempts on goal with 3 on target. Yoann Touzghar (37') scored for ESTAC.
It’s been a rare occasion in recent games where Montpellier have shown defensive steel. It will be a concern for them that Montpellier have failed to prevent opponents from scoring in 5 of their previous 6 games, leaking 10 goals during that time. We will have to see whether or not that trend will be sustained in this game.
Bordeaux come into this meeting following a 1-2 Ligue 1 win against St Etienne in their previous fixture.
In that game, Girondins de Bordeaux had 45% possession and 13 attempts at goal with 3 on target. The scorer for Girondins de Bordeaux was Ui-Jo Hwang (7', 80'). On the other side, AS Saint-Etienne got 12 attempts on goal with 5 on target. Wahbi Khazri (73') was the scorer for St Etienne.
Proving their penchant for action-packed encounters, we’ve had goals 20 times in the prior 6 games in which Girondins de Bordeaux have played, yielding an average of 3.33 goals per fixture. Their opponents have hit 13 from this total.
Coming into this clash, Girondins de Bordeaux have not beaten Montpellier when having played them away from home in the previous 2 league matches.
Prediction: Over 2.5 Goals
NANTES V BREST
Nantes will be looking for another win after the 1-4 Ligue 1 triumph against Angers SCO.
In that game, Nantes had 34% possession and 8 attempts at goal with 4 of them on target. For Nantes, the goals were scored by Andrei Girotto (3'), Ludovic Blas (6', 79') and Randal Kolo Muani (23'). On the other side, Angers SCO had 10 shots on goal with 5 on target. Ismaël Traoré (10') was the scorer for Angers SCO.
It’s not been often in recent games that Nantes have managed to hold out for a full 90 minutes. The reality is that Nantes have been scored against in 5 of their previous 6 games, shipping 6 goals in the process. We will find out if that trend will be continued on here.
In the game prior to this, Brest drew 1-1 in the Ligue 1 tie with Clermont Foot.
In that match, Brest had 42% possession and 5 attempts on goal with 1 of them on target. The only player on the scoresheet for Brest was Brendan Chardonnet (52'). Clermont Foot had 7 shots on goal with 4 on target. Elbasan Rashani (65') was the scorer for Clermont Foot.
Brest have been good when going forward in the lead-up to this encounter, scoring 7 times in their previous 6 matches. This doesn’t mask the fact that Brest can also improve defensively after being scored against in 6 of those same clashes.
Ahead of this clash, Brest haven’t won away from home in the past 5 matches in the league.
Prediction: Both teams to score
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