Lille’s home encounter with Monaco is the final Friday night match of the Ligue 1 season and is an encounter much anticipated by the visiting side. It kicks off at 20:00 on Friday and I’ve prepared a Cheat Sheet alongside my top 3 Bet Builder Picks for the final day.
Monaco, after all, are chasing Champions League football – an ambition that seemed out of the question in mid-March as they exited the Europa League tamely after suffering three defeats in four in Ligue 1.
A superb 3-0 win at home over Paris Saint-Germain, however, has acted as a dramatic catalyst to improvement. They have picked up seven successive victories in France’s top flight, including wins over three of the leading five clubs, and will surely finish in the top three if they can make it a perfect 10 before the season concludes.
Deposed champions Lille, meanwhile, have no such excitement in their lives as they tick the days off before the campaign concludes. European football remained possible until Hatem Ben Arfa set a metaphorical fire upon their dressing room after a home draw with Bordeaux. He has since been frozen out of their plans while LOSC have lost three of their last four.
With Nice and Rennes to come after Monaco, it promises to be a painful conclusion to the campaign unless they can find an additional gear that looks beyond them right now.
Wissam Ben Yedder to Score Anytime
One of the big catalysts in Monaco’s return to form in recent weeks has been the form of France international forward Wissam Ben Yedder. With 21 goals for the season, he remains in late contention to finish ahead of Kylian Mbappe as the division’s leading marksman, and had he been deployed regularly by deposed head coach Niko Kovac in the first half of the season, he may well be leading that category at this juncture.
Ben Yedder has scored in five of Monaco’s last seven matches, including a double against PSG. During this streak, he has netted in three successive away games against Metz, Rennes, and Saint-Etienne.
Indeed, the former Sevilla striker has already found the net against Lille previously this season, having struck the equaliser as the principality men came from two down to take a draw at Stade Louis II in November. He was given only 18 minutes in that encounter by Kovac to find the net, and over 90 in this game, he will be Monaco’s most dangerous figure.
To find the net against Lille he’s available for odds of 2.0 on Paddy Power.
Kevin Volland to Score or Assist
Another of the reasons that Monaco have improved lately is the return to form of Kevin Volland, who had a difficult start to the season, improved for a period, then faded away game before re-emerging at this crucial juncture.
During this seven-match win streak, the Germany international attacker has played six times and has scored three goals and created three more. Volland has provided five assists for Ben Yedder this season, which is the deadliest partnership in Ligue 1 behind only Kylian Mbappe and Lionel Messi. It was this combination that paid off when these sides last played.
Indeed, it is primarily his ability to assist Ben Yedder that makes him such an attractive proposition for this bet – and it is even worth considering him for an anytime assist at 4.3.
Of late, though, he has also been finding the net himself, albeit he has only scored 25% of his goals away from home this season. The German to find success on the road is available for 2.1.
Aurelien Tchouameni to be Carded
Monaco midfielder Aurelien Tchouameni will start this game after missing last weekend’s 2-0 victory over Angers due to suspension. He has regularly found himself in disciplinary trouble in recent weeks. Indeed, in the last nine Ligue 1 matches he has played for Monaco, he has been booked on four occasions and sent off on one.
Presently, he is on a run of bookings in successive appearances, having been shown yellows against Nice and Saint-Etienne, and as the season has progressed his discipline has grown worse.
Directly up against him in the midfield on Friday will be Benjamin Andre and Andre Onana, who are two players who will make it competitive in that area of the field. As such, the chances are there will be some strong tackles flying around. Tchouameni is unlikely to back down, particularly as he knows that the only way he can miss the final matches of the season due to suspension is via a red card.
The Frenchman to make it 3 bookings in a row is available for 3.6.
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Lille predicted XI (4-4-2) : Jardim; Celik, Fonte, Botman, Gudmundsson; Zhegrova, Andre, Xeka, Weah; Gomes; David
Monaco predicted XI (4-2-3-1) : Nubel; Vanderson, Disasi, Badiashile, Henrique; Fofana, Tchouameni; Martins, Volland, Golovin; Ben Yedder
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How to watch Lille v Monaco in Ligue 1
📅 When is Lille v Monaco? / Friday, 6th May 2022, 20:00
🏟 Where is Lille v Monaco? / Stade Pierre Mauroy (Lille)
📺 What TV channel is Lille v Monaco on? / BT Sports ESPN
🟨 …And who is the referee for Lille v Monaco? / F. Letexier 🇫🇷