Caen were under pressure for most of the game last week and focused entirely on striking on counters. Forwards Rodelin and Delort weren’t exactly in good form, but since opponents gave away huge spaces, it wasn’t that hard for them to find the net.
In the end both of them scored and Caen got an important victory (won 2-1 against St Etienne), and continue to fight for a place in Europe next season.
Caen haven’t been very convincing recently, but they are sitting on two consecutive victories and confidence level surely increased.
Hosts will have to do without top-scorer Delort who is suspended, but welcome back defender Da Silva and midfielder Seube who missed last week.
Shy performance from Monaco last week away at Nantes. Monaco’s individual skills didn’t make a difference anymore, and they were lucky to get away with a draw (finished 0-0).
Defensively they were pretty solid and confident, but attacking-wise they lacked solutions, were rigid, and also seemed very anxious each time when going upfront.
At the moment they have a somewhat comfortable advantage over 3rd place, but if playing relations won’t improve, if their play won’t have a better flow, Monaco risk losing the direct qualification in Champions League.
Forward Dirar will miss again through suspension
This is going to be a difficult encounter played mostly in midfield, as neither side will be willing to take any risks and open up. These kind of bets are always dangerous, but if you must have a bet on this game (if someone is holding a gun to your head), 0-1 goals is the best option.
UPDATE: Monaco welcome back creative midfielder Bernardo Silva after a month of injury.
Caen: Vercoutre, Reulet – Bessat, Appiah, Ben Youssef, Adéoti, Da Silva, Raineau, A.Yahia – Makengo, Seube, Féret, Leborgne – Louis, Rodelin, Bazile, Kouakou, Nkololo
Monaco: Subasic, Nardi, Sy – R.Carvalho, Echiejile, Fabinho, Jemerson, Raggi, Alm.Touré, Wallace – Bahlouli, T.Bakayoko, H.Costa, Lemar, Moutinho, Ber.Silva, Toulalan – Carrillo, Vagner Love, Mbappé, L.Traoré