AS Monaco will be aiming to seal their position in the Champions League places in Ligue 1 this weekend when they travel to Lens. Only victory will ensure that they are playing in the elite competition next season.
Ligue 1 Preview
Monaco have enjoyed an excellent second half to the season in Ligue 1, and they will be looking to cap that this weekend by claiming a 25th league win of the season to seal Champions League football for next season. Anything other than a win for Monaco would open the door for Lyon to pounce, as they are just a point behind. Monaco still also have an outside chance of the league title, but they would require PSG and Lille to both lose in order for that to happen. They would also need a six-goal swing to overtake Lille on goal difference. However, a Champions League finish would still highlight a great season, especially considering where they were before Christmas. Monaco have won five of their last six, and confidence will be high coming into this game on the road.
Lens have ended the season in disappointing fashion, as they have lost their last three in Ligue 1. That run of form has handed the advantage to Marseille in the race to finish fifth in the standings. Lens could still drop down a place in the league standings, as Rennes are just a point behind them coming into the final weekend of the season. Regardless, it has been an excellent season for Lens, as they have comfortably been in the top half of the standings throughout the season. They have lost the sixth-fewest games in the league this season, and they will make life difficult for Monaco this weekend.
Lens vs Monaco Head To Head
One of the most disappointing results that Monaco have endured this season came at the hands of Lens, as they were beaten 3-0 by this weekend’s opponents back in December. However, Monaco have won two of the previous three, and that defeat remains their only loss against Lens since February 2010.
Lens vs Monaco Prediction
It’s all about wrapping up the final Champions League place for Monaco this weekend. They have been excellent in the second half of the season, and they will have too much for the out of form Lens. It could be a big win to bring the curtain down on the season.
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