After suffering defeat against RC Lens last weekend, Les Rouge et Blanc are looking forward to playing Montpellier and looking to return to winning ways. AS Monaco will face Montpellier Herault SC on Sunday April 30th at 12:00 (GMT+1). Kickoff takes place at Stade Louis II.
Ten-man Montpellier Upset Rennes 1-0, Eye Consecutive Victories and Spot Up Table
Ten-man Montpellier defeated Rennes by 1-0 last weekend at Stade de la Mosson and remain 13th with 40 points thanks to 12W, 4D & 16L results; they now look to secure consecutive victories (WDLLW). An upset victory here could see La Paillade take one step towards moving one spot up the table, as 12th-placed Toulouse  lies only one point away. Unfortunately for them though, La Paillade have failed to win their last nine encounters against teams currently ranked within the top five in Ligue 1, losing seven of them [0W, 2D, 7L]. Montpellier are one of 27 teams Monaco have met at least 30 times in Ligue 1, but Monaco have experienced their greatest win percentage against them [56.1% – 32/57]. Michel Der Zakarian looks set to put together a 4–2-3–1 with Elye Wahi who appears on AC Milan’s radar sitting at its core while Teji Savanier [R. 53′] received a three game ban following an offensive red card against Rennes.
Monaco Suffer First Loss in Five Matches, Look to Bounce Back Against Montpellier
Monaco were easily overcome in a 3-0 loss against Lens after an underwhelming performance at Stade Bollaert-Delelis last weekend, courtesy of two goals by Lois Openda (10′ and 16′) and one from Thomasson (56′) that handed them their first loss in five matches (WWDWL). Home side, however, remain in 4th position with 61 points after 18W, 7D, and 7L performances, despite losing. Two point gap to third-placed Lens [66 points] now widens further to five. After failing to capitalize on last weekend’s window of opportunity to move into third place, the home side are looking to return to winning ways this weekend. Monaco have only lost two of their 28 home Ligue 1 games against Montpellier since January 1994 (1-2) and December 2018 (1-2), taking place respectively in January 1994 (1-2) and December 2018 (1-2). Furthermore, they have won three out of their last eight Ligue 1 games [3W, 2D, 3L], after having won seven out of nine [7W, 2D, 0L]. Les Rouge et Blanc are now on the verge of losing consecutive top-flight matches for the first time since August 2021 when they suffered defeat against FC Lorient and RC Lens. Ben Yedder was substituted out during the second half against Blood and Gold after failing to have any significant impact, but is set to make his comeback alongside Eliesse Ben Seghir in Philippe Clement’s 4–2–2 against Montpellier. Breel Embolo remains doubtful.