Last round Monaco took the entire world by surprise after winning 3 vital points away at Champions PSG (won 2-0). The result was shocking, especially since Monaco weren’t exactly in the best form and even looked a bit exhausted.
Monaco changed many players this season, and as a result their game lacks a normal flow. Furthermore, at times it seems players don’t understand teammates’ intentions and are forced to rely on individual talent. But that strategy works as they have extremely skilled players in the offensive department. Striker Vagner Love is their latest addition and already became a key element and scored a couple of important goals. Although they lack chemistry, Monaco can be very efficient upfront and easily convert most their chances.
In comparison to previous seasons, things haven’t changed that much for Monaco in the defensive phase. They still have Raggi and Carvalho in central defense, who are constantly receiving help from midfielder Toulalan.
Hosts will welcome back midfielder Bernardo Silva after suspension, but will miss Moutinho once again.
Especially in the second part of the season Bordeaux really struggled with injuries. It all culminated with keeper Carrasso getting injured and being replaced by newly arrived Bernardoni.
There was no communication between Bernardoni and defenders, and especially in away games Bordeaux conceded from all positions. In the last 6 away games (cup included) Bordeaux conceded 3.33 goals per game, a number that is unacceptable for a team that had European ambitions when the season began.
Previous coach Sagnol was also responsible for the poor results, because he never changed tactics, never adapted to opponents’ playing styles. A new coach was appointed, Ulrich Rame, a former keeper with zero coaching experience.
Bordeaux may welcome back fullback Debuchy, midfielder plasil and defender Pallois, but there is no certainty at the moment.
Although Monaco have 5 points advantage, the fight for the second place in Ligue1 is very tough as encounters with Lille, Marseille and Lyon will follow. Even with a new coach, most probably there won’t be any significant change in Bordeaux’s playing style, and they will once again struggle in an away game, especially when opponents are defensively solid and very skilled upfront. MONACO -0.50 at 1.90
UPDATE: Monaco welcome back fullback Coentrao after injury. Bordeaux will miss striker Diabate (rest time).
Monaco: Subasic, Nardi – R.Carvalho, Coentrao, Echiejile, Fabinho, Raggi, Jemerson , Alm.Touré – T.Bakayoko, H.Costa, Lemar, Bahlouli, B.Silva, Toulalan – Carrillo, Vagner Love, Mbappé, L.Traoré
Bordeaux: Bernardoni, Prior – Contento, Gajic, Guilbert, Pablo, Poundjé, Yambéré – Arambarri, Plasil, Poko, Ab.Traoré, Vada – Crivelli, Jussiê, Malcom, Ounas, Rolan, Kiese Thelin, T.Touré