Monaco v Nice Betting Preview: Latest odds, team news, tips and predictions

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With both teams looking strong in attack, Al Hain-Cole expects Jardim's men to get the better of a high-scoring derby clash against Les Aiglons

Monaco will be hoping to secure their first Ligue 1 win of 2018 when they welcome local rivals Nice to the Stade Louis II for the Derby de la Cote d’Azur on Tuesday.

Leonardo Jardim’s side were held to a 0-0 draw in Montpellier in the first match since the winter break, leaving them 11 points adrift of runaway leaders Paris Saint-Germain.

Match Odds

However, they have taken 56 points from the last available 60 on home turf, and are 7/10 (1.70) favourites with dabblebet to return to winning ways here.

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Les Aiglons ran out comprehensive 4-0 winners when the sides met at the Allianz Riviera in September’s reverse encounter, are on offer at 15/4 (4.75) to do the double over their neighbours for the first time since 2002/3.

None of the last 10 league meetings between the sides have resulted in draws, but there are odds of 14/5 (3.80) available on them cancelling each other out in this one.

Team News

Radamel Falcao is expected to return from injury for the champions, while Mario Balotelli made his comeback from the bench against Amiens for Lucien Favre’s team at the weekend.

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Goals aplenty

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Falcao’s return will be particularly welcome news for Les Rouges et Blancs following Saturday’s goalless stalemate, and should help ensure they maintain their prolific form in their own back yard.

The hosts have found the net at least once in each of their last 46 home games, scoring an average of 2.63 goals per match in that run.

Having struck 10 goals in 12 Ligue 1 starts this campaign, the fit-again Balotelli is likely to have a similarly decisive impact for an away team that has only failed to score once in the last nine league matches.

Tips and Predictions

With over 2.5 goals therefore looking assured for the fifth consecutive encounter between the sides, odds of 13/10 (2.30) look good on a Monaco side that won away in Nice only last week in the cup coming out on top.

Betting Banner - Best Bet Monaco to win & Over 2.5 goals for a 1.5pt stake at 13/10 (2.30) with dabblebet

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