Monaco are aiming to continue their quest for a domestic double when they travel to face Marseille for a place in the last eight of the Coupe de France on Wednesday night.
Leonardo Jardim’s men maintained their lead at the top of Ligue 1 with a hard-fought 2-1 win against Guingamp at the weekend and the league leaders will feel that their undoubted quality in the final third of the pitch will give them the edge here.
Jardim’s charges have scored 78 league goals so far this season, signficantly more than any other side in the top tier of French football but despite their impressive record in front of goal, the visitors are chalked up as a 9/5 (2.80) chance with Betfair Sportsbook to win Wednesday’s tie inside normal time.
As usual with cup competitions, team news is vital before placing a wager on the match result and potential rotation, or lack of it, could see the prices shift in the run up to kick off.
Marseille suffered a dreadful 5-1 defeat at the hands of Paris Saint-Germain at the weekend, but Rudi Garcia’s men are Betfair Sportsbook’s 6/4 (2.50) favourites to bounce back by sending the Ligue 1 leaders crashing out of the Cup, while the same firm go 11/5 (3.20) that the tie remains deadlocked at the end of 90 minutes.
Monaco ran out as 4-1 winners when they locked horns with Marseille last month and the odds compilers are anticipating another open and entertaining tussle when they rivalry is renewed; Betfair Sportsbook go just 8/15 (1.53) that both teams are on target, while the same firm offer 7/10 (1.70) that more than two goals are scored during this Cup clash.
That particular selection would have seen punters profit from six of Monaco’s last seven matches – including an extraordinary win against Chambly in the previous round of this competition; Jardim’s side surrendered a three-goal lead against the team from the third tier before recovering to claim a 5-4 victory at the end of extra-time.
Marseille will be determined to make amends for their drubbing against PSG at the weekend, but the defensive vulnerability shown in that defeat will be a cause for concern for Garcia ahead of the visit of one of Europe's top-scoring teams.
Monaco have managed at least two goals in five of their last seven matches in all competitions and Betfair Sportsbook’s 6/5 (2.20) quote for that trend to continue could offer decent value for punters ahead of Wednesday’s Cup clash.