The first round of Ligue 1 matches following the winter break see a seventh-placed Montpellier welcome second-placed Monaco to the Stade de la Mosson for their Matchday 20th clash.
Flashscore presents the key facts before the match:
Monaco enjoyed an almost perfect December 2017, winning every game in all competitions with the exception of a 5-2 defeat to FC Porto in the Champions League to sour their Christmas.
Leonardo Jardim leads a Monaco side who need to pick up where they left off in 2017 – their Coupe de France away victory over lower division side Moulins Yzeure and League Cup win away victory over rivals Nice gave their fans much to celebrate over the holiday period.
Montpellier went through a purple patch just before the winter break, going five L1 matches with only one defeat to Metz (W2, D2, L1) and will be hoping to continue a fine run of form in 2018 that has seen them win their last two cup games.
In all competitions, the head-to-head record between these two teams has seen Monaco unbeaten in 24 matches against Montpellier; and in their last six Ligue 1 meetings, Monaco have secured four wins and two draws.
Players to watch: Montpellier defender Nordi Mukiele has been instrumental for his side this season, winning ‘Man of the match’ twice so far – a feat for any defender to achieve.
Monaco’s Thomas Lemar has been putting in a series of brilliant performances for his side – placing both Liverpool and Arsenal on high alert. He will want to keep on-track for his rumoured January transfer to England.
Stat attack: There have been under 2.5 goals scored in 13 of Montpellier’s last 15 games while there have been over 2.5 goals scored in Monaco’s last three games. Also, an important statistic is that, in all competitions, Monaco are undefeated in their last 24 matches against Montpellier. Will that record end in this game?
Montpellier: K. Sanson (doubtful)
Monaco: J. Serrano (injury), L. Badiashile (doubtful), Y. Tielemans (doubtful)