Really poor performance from Monaco last week away at Reims and although they won 1-0, Monaco looked like a team from the lower half of the table instead of Champions League candidates.
They opened the score very early and focused mostly on killing the game afterwards. Even after opponents got a red card Monaco were still afraid to advance and increase their lead.
The only good news is that they haven’t conceded, and considering that Carvalho and Raggi partnered in central defense, that is quite an achievement…
There’s so much talent at Monaco but something is not clicking and unfortunately there hasn’t been any improvement recently, in-spite the positive results.
Monaco will have to do without midfielder Silva and central defender Wallace, both of them suspended.
Not much can be said about Angers’ midweek Cup game since they used the second squad. Even first keeper Butelle was rested and in these conditions the final result is of no surprise (Angers lost 1-0 away at Tours).
Angers aren’t comfortable against teams that don’t open up and sit back waiting for opponents to make mistakes. This was the case last week against Guingamp when neither side had the courage to assume any risks and they preferred to exchange passes in midfield.
Luckily for Angers things will be different against Monaco who always try to control their home games.
Angers are very organized and with confidence running high they can definitely make a surprise. Guests have enough endurance power to resist against a team full of individual talents, but with poor chemistry levels and a soft defense. Angers +0.75 at 2.14
UPDATE: No surprises in the squads
Monaco: Subasic, Nardi – R.Carvalho, Echiejile, Fabinho, K.Ndoram, Raggi, Alm.Touré – Gil Dias, Boschilia, Rony Lopes, Moutinho, Pasalic, Toulalan – Carrillo, El Shaarawy, L.Traoré, Helder Costa
Angers: Butelle, Letellier – Andreu, G.Angoula, Bouka-Moutou, Thomas, Is.Traoré – Auriac, R.Camara, Capelle, Diers, Manceau, Mangani, C.Ndoye, Saïss – Karanovic, Ketkeophomphone, Sunu