The race for Europa League football could take a decisive turn in Ligue 1 this weekend, with fifth-placed Lille travelling to take on fourth-placed Monaco.
The hosts are five points clear of their opponents in fourth and with just three games to go after this, could be pretty much guaranteed a place in the Europa League next season with a win while also maintaining any outside hope of sneaking into the Champions League qualifying spots - depending on Marseille’s results.
Having suffered back-to-back defeats, Monaco bounced back with a win against Angers but Lille missed the chance to maintain a three-point gap with a loss to Reims, putting their hopes in the balance.
The game will be part of Gameweek 371 on Sorare Football, and 101 Great Goals has broken down the key statistical takeaways ahead of the game.
Monaco Sorare L5 stat pack
Monaco’s top performers over their last five matches
Three Monaco Sorare gems to watch
Brazilian centre-back Vanderson has been in and out of the Monaco side this season, which has resulted in quite a few no-score weeks in Sorare, but his ability has never been in question and has even seen him linked with moves to Manchester United and Barcelona in the summer. He was absent in the defeat to Montpellier, but his immediate return was worthwhile, scoring a 70 in the win at Angers.
With scores of 60, 67 and 63 before his absence, he has earned a respectable average score in his last five games (L5) of 54 and is likely to be a key player again this weekend.
Myron Boadu has been far from a regular up top for Monaco this season, and that is reflected in his recent scores. However he has shown himself capable of good scores and having scored the winner against Angers last week he could be expected to be given another chance to lead the line. His score of 60 last week hinted that better things could be due, and he could be a great differential.
Monaco’s best player by far has been Aleksandr Golovin. The midfielder has eight goals and seven assists so far this season and the underlying stats (as per fbref) show just how important he is to the Monaco attack. He got one of his goals in the win over Angers on the way to a superb score of 83 and is clearly a man in form with an L5 of 65.
Monaco most recent line-up, Sorare scores
Lille Sorare L5 stat pack
Lille’s best performers over their last five matches
Three Lille Sorare gems to watch
The former Everton midfielder did not play last week in the defeat to Reims, but that should just facilitate a quicker return to the starting XI against Monaco. He scored twice in the win over Ajaccio and another strong performance in the win over Montpellier mark him out as a vital cog in the Lille midfielder. If they are to play well, then he will need to maintain an L5 score of 60.
Jonathan Bamba is a fixture in the Lille side, appearing in 93% of their last 15 matches and 88% of their last 40. With five goals and six assists all season he has reached double figures for goal involvements for the fourth time in his career and is a reliable part of the Lille attack. Scores of 72 and 63 in their last two matches show that he can score well even when the team fails to perform, so he is a reliable and solid option.
Alexsandro Ribeiro saw his form peak between Gameweeks 349 and 359, but he has maintained good scores since then. The centre-back has an L15 of 62 and an L5 of 49 but with some very high scores in there, he has shown he is capable of scoring big and Lille will need him at his best against Monaco.