Monaco and Montpellier get the second half of the 2020/21 Ligue 1 Uber Eats season underway when they meet in the Round 20 curtrain-raiser on Friday — ligue1.com gives you three recent classic encounters between the Mediterranean duo.
2019/20, Round 9: Montpellier 3-1 Monaco
They had ended a wait since 1993 for a first league win against Monaco the previous season, and Montpellier finally brought a 29-year home victory drought against the principality club to an end in the 2019/20 campaign. Florent Mollet (31') and Pedro Mendes (39') gave the hosts a half-time lead that was embellished by Andy Delort (56') before Wissam ben Yedder pulled one back (68'). Alexander Golovin's red card (82') ended the visitors' hopes of a comeback, however, as Montpellier claimed just one of six L1 wins — Monaco have 29 — in the fixture.
2016/17, Round 10: Monaco 6-2 Montpellier
Given the scoreline, it's hard to believe it was the visitors who went in front at the Stade Louis II thanks to Ryad Boudebouz's early free-kick (9'). Radamel Falcao with a penalty (36') and Kylian Mbappé (49') put the hosts ahead, but a Boudebouz penalty squared things up again (61'). But Monaco, who would roar to the L1 title that season with an exhilarating brand of attacking football, then motored away. Jemerson (64'), Valère Germain (74'), Thomas Lemar (76') and Adama Traoré (89') all found the net in the closing stages to give Monaco the biggest win in the fixture's history.
2015/16, Round 7: Montpellier 2-3 Monaco
Before their eight-goal tear-up, the pair had already been involved in a five-goal thriller in the previous season. This one had everything. Montpellier were already ahead courtesy of Daniel Congré's tap-in (26') when Monaco forward Guido Carrillo scored an own-goal to double the hosts' lead just before the break (45'). The visitors regrouped at half-time and within 20 minutes of the restart were level thanks to Fabio Coentrao (56') and Lemar (65'). Deep in added time, Fabinho held his nerve to slot home a penalty and seal a tremendous comeback by Leonardo Jardim's men (90+5').