- Lens play host to Monaco on Saturday, May 21st at the Stade Bollaert-Delelis
- The home side are +225 underdogs on the final matchday of the Ligue 1 Season
- Find the Lens vs Monaco odds, preview, and prediction below
It’s the final matchday of the Ligue 1 season and Lens welcomes Monaco to Northern France for a game that is meaningful for both sides, but more so for the visitors.
Kickoff is scheduled for 3pm ET at the Stade Bollaert-Delelis. With a victory, Monaco is almost certain to clinch second place in the table and an automatic spot in the Champions League next year. They are even on points with Marseille in points, but have a four goal advantage in goal differential.
Meanwhile, with a win, Lens would have an outside chance of qualifying for the newly formed Europa Conference League, although they would need both Strasbourg and Nice to drop points in their final matches for that to happen.
Lens vs Monaco Odds
Odds as of May 20th at Barstool Sportsbook.
With much more on the line for Monaco, the visitors are favored with -103 odds on the moneyline, giving them an implied win probability of 50.74%. Lens on the other hand have a probability of just 30.77% to win their final domestic match of the season.
Over/Under and Spread
The over/under for this match sits at a rather large number of 3.5 goals. Each side has gone over that total in two of their last five respective matches. Betting over 3.5 goals in this match gets you odds of +145, while the under pays out at odds of -182.
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— AS Monaco EN (@AS_Monaco_EN) May 20, 2022
Monaco and Lens both rank in the top five in goals scored in Ligue 1 this year. Monaco has struck goal 63 times for an average of 1.7 per game, while Lens have netted 60 times for an average of 1.6 per game.
Lens vs Monaco Prediction
Monaco have been on a special run of late winning each of their last nine matches. The last time they lost was over two months ago. Led by the spectacular performance of Wissam Ben Yedder, Monaco defeated Brest 4-2 last weekend. The 31-year old forward netted a hatrick in that match and sits only one marker behind Kylian Mbappe for top scorer in Ligue 1 this year.
3 – Wissam Ben Yedder has scored a goal every 3 shots in Ligue 1 this season (24 goals, 71 shots), best ratio in the Top 5 European leagues (min. 10 goals).
— OptaJean (@OptaJean) May 18, 2022
Philippe Clement’s side have the fourth-best away record in France’s top flight this term, picking up 28 points from 18 matches. They’ll need to display that excellent road form to defeat a Lens side that have not giving up much on their home pitch this year.
Lens have only lost three of their 18 home league games this season. Only league champions PSG have lost fewer games at home this year. Les sang et or are actually unbeaten in the league since the start of April, winning five of their last seven matches. They have scored at least two goals in six of their last seven games.
Lens vs Monaco Stats
|17-10-10 (7th)||Record||20-9-8 (2nd)|
|1.6 (5th)||Goals Per Game||1.7 (4th)|
|1.2 (8th)||Goals Against Per Game||1.0 (3rd)|
|70 (T-9th)||Yellow Cards||78 (T-5th)|
|7 (T-3rd)||Red Cards||4 (T-12th)|
|8 (T-13th)||Clean Sheets||11 (T-6th)|
This will be the third meeting of these teams this season – Lens won 2-0 in Monaco back in August in Ligue 1 action. Monaco took revenge in the Coupe de France, achieving a convincing 4-2 victory at the Stade Bollaert-Delelis where this 3rd battle will take place. Monaco are winless in their last three league games with Lens, suffering two defeats in the process.
Monaco vs Lens Team Lineups and Injuries
Lens Projected Lineup: Farinez; Gradit, Danso, Medina; Clauss, Doucoure, S Fofana, Frankowski; Sotoca, Kalimuendo-Muinga, Costa
Lens Injuries: Kakuta, Leca
Monaco Projected Lineup: Nubel; Aguilar, Disasi, Badiashile, Henrique; Y Fofana, Tchouameni; Vanderson, Volland, Golovin; Ben Yedder
Monaco Injuries: Fabregas, Diatta
Goalkeeper Jean-Louis Leca was suspended from two matches but was injured, while Gaël Kakuta missed the previous match with Troyes due to injury.
Monaco have been without Cesc Fabregas for basically the whole season, so are used to performing without the Spanish playmaker in the middle of the field.
Lens vs Monaco Pick
Both teams have been performing at a high level recently, but there is much more on the line for Monaco in this match. While there is still a path for them to qualify for Champions League if they don’t secure 2nd spot in the table against Lens, they will be anxious to lock down their place in Europe’s best soccer competition with a victory on Saturday.
⚽️🇲🇨 AS Monaco produced a truly sensational comeback to defeat Brest 4-2. The triumph not only saw Les Monegasques extend their magical winning streak to nine but also brought them so close to the Champions League, which is only one step away!https://t.co/Sr4wDqc3C6
— Monaco News (@_Monaco_News) May 16, 2022
The Monégasques are seeking a 10th straight victory and have given no indication that they are on the verge of dropping any points against any opponent.
Ben Yedder has been scoring at a superb rate as of late, so expect his strong performance from last weekend to carry over into this match and take Monaco on the moneyline at Barstool Sportsbook.
Pick: Monaco Moneyline (-103)