At the moment Evian are sitting on 3 consecutive victories and confidence is running high. Looks like the bets made during the transfer window paid off as newly arrived offensive players Sunu and Duhamel adapted rapidly and became important elements.
Unfortunately for Evian winger Sunu suffered an injury against Lorient in the midweek and will most likely miss this round. His place will be taken by key player Wass who will return from suspension.
Things look promising for Evian now that they have solved the offensive problems. They escaped the relegation zone and since the confidence level increased the positive results should continue.
Defenders are still a bit hesitant but thanks to a solid organization the overall defensive strength is decent to say the least.
Hectic schedule for Monaco as they played 3 important games in only 1 week (against Arsenal and twice against PSG). No doubt players will relax a bit after this period and we may see Monaco reducing the rythm.
In the midweek Cup game against PSG coach Jardim tried to rotate squad a bit and left Moutinho, Kurzawa, Carrasco and Silva only on the bench. Monaco ended up losing 2-0 but most probably the outcome would have been the same with the mentioned players in the lineup…
Monaco’s biggest strength is the high level of organization but unfortunately they aren’t very inventive and much of their possession easily goes to waste.
A relaxed and uninventive Monaco can easily fall prey to a confident and in-form Evian. Evian +0.5 at 1.89
UPDATE: Evian will miss fullback Sabaly and winger Sunu due to injury. Monaco welcome back central defender Abdennour
Evian: Leroy, Hansen – Mongongu, Mensah, Cambon, A.Angoula, Nounkeu, Abdallah – Fall, Tejeda, D.Koné, Sorlin, Juelsgaard, Thomasson, Barbosa, Wass – Sougou, Duhamel, Nsikulu, Ramirez
Monaco: Caillard, Stekelenburg, Subasic – Abdennour, Ab.Diallo, Echiejile, Fabinho, Kurzawa, Al.Touré – Ferreira Carrasco, Dirar, Kondogbia, Moutinho, Ber.Silva, Toulalan, Al.Traoré – Berbatov, Germain, A.Martial, Matheus