Monaco - Evian Betting Preview: Expect Ranieri's men to strike before half-time

Les Rouge et Blanc go into the game on the back of two consecutive defeats, but Al Hain-Cole expects them to waste no time in bouncing back against Pascal Dupraz's men
Monaco will be hoping to get back to winning ways when they welcome Evian Thonon Gaillard to the Stade Louis II on Friday.

Claudio Ranieri’s men followed up a first defeat of the season against Reims in the cup with a 2-0 loss at Lille that saw them slip into third place in Ligue 1, but they are heavy 1/4 (1.25) favourites with Betway to move back level on points with leaders Paris Saint-Germain with victory in this one.

The visitors, on the other hand, are enjoying their best run of the season after three consecutive victories, and are available at 10/1 (11.00) to pull off a shock win on the French Riviera.

Les Roses have not drawn any of their last 11 league games on the road, but you can get odds of 9/2 (5.50) on them grabbing a share of the spoils here.

Les Rouge et Blanc’s recent defeats will have been greeted enthusiastically by those who feel aggrieved by their disproportionate spending power and tax exemptions, and the pressure is on Ranieri to inspire a positive reaction out of his star-studded side.

Thankfully for the Italian, he shouldn’t have to wait too long to see his side making amends if they can continue their habit of striking early, which has seen them score 10 of their last 12 goals within the first 45 minutes.

Considering Pascal Dupraz’s side have conceded six first-half goals in their last six league games on the road, odds of 4/5 (1.80) seem very generous on the hosts hitting the back of the net once or twice before the break in this one, as they have in seven of their last eight in Ligue 1.

In fact, Evian have gone in 2-0 down at half-time in two of their last league fixtures away from home, so you could do a lot worse than snapping up the 12/5 (3.40) odds on offer for Monaco scoring over 1.5 in the opening period on Friday.

Monaco to score 1 or 2 first-half goals for a 1.5pt stake at 4/5 (1.80) with Betway
Monaco to score over 1.5 first-half goals for a 1pt stake at 12/5 (3.40) with Betway

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Al Hain-Cole is a Liverpool fan, experienced tipster and avid follower of European football. He specialises in accumulators and if you would like to read more from Al you can follow him on Twitter here.