Monaco are one of the most disappointing teams this season, for me, for them and for everyone that is watching them. They have been really bad throughout the whole season, but also really unlucky with numerous injuries. To be fair, they have been really trying to be better lately and are actually coming here on an undefeated streak. But it will be put to the test, as Monaco will play host to Strasbourg on Saturday. Strasbourg have been really solid this season and are also coming in hot.
Date/Time: 1-19-2019, 14:00 EST
Spread: Strasbourg +0.5
Total: 2.25 Goals
Monaco (3-11-6) are coming into this match after yet another unsuccessful result, as they split the points in a 1-1 home draw against Nice. Their opponents took an early lead in that match but were left with ten men at the end of the first half. Monaco pulled even at the start of the second half but were unable to take anything more than a point. That was their third consecutive 1-1 draw in all competitions, as Monaco are also undefeated in their last four (1-0-3). Even so, they really need to step up their game, as they are still sitting at the penultimate spot of the league table with 15 points, three below the relegation zone. As if that wasn’t enough, Monaco are the only team in the Ligue 1 to not have won at home yet (0-6-4). Last but not least, they will still have 10 players listed as questionable.
On the other hand, Strasbourg (7-5-8) are coming off a goal-less draw on the road against Grenoble for the French Cup. But they did score the only goal of the match at the extra time and eventually moved through to the next round. Strasbourg have been in really great shape lately and are undefeated in their last five (3-0-2). Moreover, they have lost just once in their last nine matches in all competitions. They are now sitting at the 7th spot with 29 points, just five points behind the top-four. They have been equally strong on the road so far (3-3-4), where they have scored 15 goals and have conceded 13. Strasbourg have been excellent on the road lately, losing just once in over two months (3-1-5). They will come into this match with two doubts and an injured player.
Strasbourg actually beat Monaco by 1-2 at home earlier in the season, but it was their first win after four consecutive Monaco wins. Moreover, Monaco have been excellent as hosts against Strasbourg over the years (8-0-2), keeping clean sheets in six of those.
I would really like to back Monaco on this one but I will simply not. I have lost so many bets backing Monaco and I refuse to lose another. I will alternatively take the Over 2.25 Goals here, as I expect goals from two sides that are really great offensively.
Ligue 1 Monaco vs Strasbourg Prediction: Over 2.25 Goals (-113)
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