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Monaco Vs Lorient Betting Preview

Monaco v Lorient: Ligue 1 leaders set to record another big win

The race for the Ligue 1 title is usually no more than a 38-game procession for Paris Saint-Germain but this year, the champions have some serious competition. Nice made a blistering start to the domestic campaign and are still in the mix but the biggest dangers could well be a Monaco side who host Lorient this weekend.

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Leonardo Jardim’s side are a goal scoring machine, led by the rejuvenated Radamel Falcao who struggled to regain his best form in England but has certainly made up for lost time on his return to the Stade Louis II.

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The home side have notched a league high 60 goals in just 20 games this season and while defensive they may not be as watertight as some of the other top teams, their irresistible form makes them an attractive proposition if you can find a decent angle.

Backing Monaco straight up at 1/3 (1.33) with Betway won’t get punters too hot under the collar but there are some combination bets which mean that Sunday’s hosts look a very solid selection.

Lorient are 7/1 (8.0) outsiders and the draw is 19/4 (4.75). Those lengthy odds on the visitors look entirely justified when you consider that they have picked up just two points away from home this season. Their last away day saw Bernard Casoni’s side hammered 5-0 by Paris Saint-Germain and they’ve been on the wrong end of some goal-filled defeats in the past few months.

Six of their previous seven away days have gone over 2.5 goals, in fact, they’ve averaged 3.85 goals per game and given Monaco’s fire power, we could be in for plenty more fireworks once more.

Both teams to score is a 7/10 (1.70) chance and understandably so, the hosts have been somewhat leaky at times this season, conceding in four of their previous six Ligue 1 matches. Ever a popular bet, the Win and BTTS market sees Monaco at an industry best price of 8/5 (2.60) which could appeal but there are some tastier prices to get stuck into.

One of which is Monaco to win and over 2.5 goals, that’s priced at 8/11 (1.73) by Betway, it’s not the juiciest wager ever but given it has paid out in 13 of the league leaders’ 14 league wins this season, it’s tough to look past another high-scoring victory and should appeal as a single wager.

Given that case, take some of the 6/4 (2.50) on the home win and over 3.5 goals. That’s something which has also paid out with regularly and given Lorient’s struggles on the road and their thumping defeat at third place PSG last time out, it could be another long afternoon for the club who sit 19th in the French top flight.

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Hull City Vs Manchester City

Hull City v Manchester City Preview: Patience could be the key to turning a profit

There is only one Premier League side that are odds on to win away from home on Boxing Day as Manchester City head to relegation favourites Hull City.

Pep Guardiola’s men are just 1/3 (1.33) with Betway and even that is a joint industry best price about the visitors collection three points from their trip to the KCOM Stadium. Hull are as big as 15/2 (8.50) with the online bookmaker while a draw is priced at 9/2 (5.50) but in truth it is a huge leap of faith to see anything but an away win in this one.

Mike Phelan’s side may be boosted by a raft of players signing new contracts this week but there is a very real possibility that they could be playing Championship football this time next season. The Tigers are bottom of the table and after a bright start to the campaign, they have taken just 5 points from their previous 13 Premier League games.

Piling into City at such a short price probably isn’t many people’s idea of festive fun so the key could be finding an alternative angle to derive a little more value from the various markets on offer.

Over 2.5 goals is just ½ (1.50). That’s a bet that has paid out in four of Man City’s last five matches away from the Etihad but again, it doesn’t inspire much excitement with regards to a potential return, especially with Sergio Aguero still sidelined through suspension.

While Hull haven’t amassed many points in the top flight this term, they have actually done pretty well in the early stages of matches and it is often the second half of games where the different in quality have been exposed. The Tigers have scored just three first half goals to date and none in the first 15 minutes of their matches, that means a staggering 78.6% of their strikes have come after the break.

That suggests a high-scoring second half could be forthcoming but of course this wager wouldn’t appeal if Manchester City – the team expected to score the majority of the goals – didn’t have a similar trend to their games.

While the average time of their first goal scored is the 33rd minute, Guardiola’s men do have more cutting edge after half time in their matches, netting 55.6% of their goals in the second half. Without the services of top scorer Aguero, it could take City a little bit of time to break down their stodgy hosts who will be happy to sit deep and frustrate their illustrious visitors.

Given that the Tigers are unlikely to employ too many expansive tactics in the early stages, there looks to be some mileage in backing the second half to be the highest scoring at 11/10 (2.10) with Betway, who are best price on this outcome at the time of writing.