Wednesday, December 23, 2009
LE MANS - MONACO
Consecutive home wins over Valenciennes and Grenoble looked to have heralded a major upturn in fortune for Le Mans, but it was back to normal and the drop zone with a 3-0 loss at Lille last time out and the visitors were lucky to score nil ! They were three down inside 30 minutes, by which time the home side had also missed a penalty and the scoreline could have been totally humiliating had Lille chosen to keep their foot on the gas. Looking at those earlier home wins, it is also easy to make holes in the form lines, as both visiting teams enjoyed the greater number of chances and possession 14-8 / 57% and 18-14 / 55% respectively and Grenoble are holding up the rest of Ligue 1.
Monaco arrive here on the back of two home games which saw them collect four points against strong teams in Rennes and Lyon, they played very well in the latter and were unlucky not to record a second straight win. They arrive here in 12th place, but things are so tight this season that they are only four points off fourth spot, with a game in hand. So three points tonight would be extremely valuable to both teams. The vistors have a terrific record in this series, losing just once in ten home and away starts and conceded just one goal in five meetings here, I expect a cautious opening from both, but the class of the ambitious visitors, who took great confidence from their performance on sunday, to come out on top.
6 points Monaco +1/4 ball asian line.