Ligue 1 Betting: Monaco 5/1 to be relegated despite second win in three games

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Thierry Henry's men claimed a 2-0 victory over Amiens on Tuesday but are only above the drop zone on goal difference after 16 games of the season

Monaco are still in a relegation dogfight despite claiming their second win in three games on Tuesday night with a 2-0 victory at Amiens.

A pair of penalties from Radamel Falcao ensured Thierry Henry’s men took the points back to the principality despite only having 40 per cent possession, taking them out of the bottom three for the first time since September 21.

However, Monaco are only above 18th-placed Dijon on goal difference and bet365 make last season’s runners up 5/1 (6.0) to suffer an astonishing fall from grace and go down to Ligue 2.

Falcao Monaco Amiens

Since earning promotion back to the French top flight in 2013, Monaco have not finished outside the top three but that run looks set to end after an atrocious start saw them lose eight of their 13 games.

Leonardo Jardim was relieved of his duties as manager in October and was replaced by Henry just two days later, with the former Arsenal striker somewhat steadying the ship but still only taking seven points from seven fixtures.

They are still yet to win at home this season, losing three and drawing five of their eight games at Stade Louis II, and a tough trio of fixtures in Nice (H), Lyon (A) and Guingamp (H) before the winter break could spell more trouble

Aleksandr Golovin Monaco Montpellier Ligue 1

Despite being one of world football’s biggest spenders in the early half of this decade thanks to a takeover by Russian billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev, Monaco have failed to invest properly since winning Ligue 1 in 2016/17.

They raked in almost £100 million from Manchester City alone in 2017 as Benjamin Mendy and Bernardo Silva both left for the Etihad Stadium, whilst Chelsea paid approximately £35 million for Tiemoue Bakayoko.

Summer 2018 proved to be even more lucrative with Kylian Mbappe’s €180m (£166m) transfer to Paris Saint-Germain being confirmed following an initial season-long loan, with Thomas Lemar and Fabinho combining for another £100m.

Monaco relegation graphic

Despite having seemingly unlimited money at their disposal, the club have only spent upwards of £20m on three players - Keita Balde, Youri Tielemans and Aleksandr Golovin – none of whom are comparable to the likes of players sold.

The current crop should certainly be too good for relegation, hence why bet365 are 5/1 (6.0) about that scenario, with Falcao, Stevan Jovetic and Danijel Subasic all worthy of playing for Champions League calibre sides.

In fact, that price makes Monaco just sixth-favourites for the drop, with Guingamp 8/13 (1.62) the shortest price ahead of Amiens (6/5), Dijon (11/8), Caen (2/1) and Toulouse (7/2).

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