Monaco suffered a shameful defeat last round away at rivals Nice (lost 4-0). They controlled the game, created many scoring opportunities, but couldn’t find the net, while opponents converted most of their chances.
Until last round Monaco were in excellent form, but the defeat against Nice surely affected their confidence. Furthermore they have lost forward Falcao due to injury, and central midfielder Bakayoko who got a red card in the final minutes.
There are good chances that Monaco will push harder than usual this round, as they really need to get back on the right track, especially since next week there will be a Champions League game against Leverkusen.
Hosts will welcome back fullback Mendy after injury. Mendy hasn’t played much this season, but he will certainly prove to be a key player by the end of the season.
Angers got another positive result last round, but they had to defend in numbers almost an entire half (won 2-1 against Caen). They were 2-0 up with about 40 minutes to go, when opponents took complete control of the game.
Angers were forced in defense, and even if they defended on 3 lines, there were still plenty of spaces available.
The good news is that they are scoring goals. Set pieces, long range attempts, lucky rebounds, it doesn’t matter, Angers can find the net.
Forward Ketkeophomphone suffered an injury last round and will sit out, same as fullback Andreu
Monaco will push from the first minutes and won’t stop until they wash away the shame from last round. At first Angers could focus only on defending, but the game will open after they concede the first goal. over 2.5 goals at 2.13
Monaco : Subasic, De Sanctis – Ab.Diallo, Jemerson, D.Sidibé, Raggi, Glik, Alm.Touré, B.Mendy – Fabinho, K.N’Doram, Moutinho, B.Silva, Ad.Traoré, Boschilia, Lemar
Angers : Michel, Petric – Manceau, P.Martinez, Pavlovic, Thomas, I.Traoré, Bourillon – Tahrat, Santamaria, Ndoye, Mangani – Capelle, Toko Ekambi, Diedhiou, Nwakaeme, Doré, Wissa