Monaco used a mixed squad last round away at Valenciennes but still won due to opponents’ diminished abilities (finished 2-1).
For quite some time already the season is over for Monaco and players took the foot off the gas. Reserves appear to be a bit more determined but it remains to be seen what kind of formula coach Ranieri will prefer seeing this is the final game of the season.
Last round Monaco were without fullbacks Fabinho and Kurzawa and midfielders Kondogbia and Toulalan, all of them injured. Most probably they will miss once again. But Monaco also had to do without the services of striker Berbatov and midfielder Rodriguez who were given some time to rest and it remains to be seen if they will be in the squad for this final game.
Bordeaux was the better side last week against Marseille (finished 1-1) and at times it appeared they deserved more than a draw. Once again they were very active in all areas of the field but most their actions finished only in one way, with balls looking for striker Diabate.
The bad news is that top-scorer Diabate suffered an injury and so Bordeaux will have to look for an alternative strategy. Most likely Rolan and Hoarau will make a partnership upfront.
Regardless Diabate’s absence this won’t be a walk in the park for Monaco as guests are highly organized as of late. Bookmakers make Monaco big time favorites but most probably the game will be much more balanced than the odds suggest.
UPDATE: Monaco will miss keeper Subasic and play-maker Rodriguez who were given time to rest. Bordeaux will be without central defender Henrique who was not called.
Monaco: Se.Romero, Roma – Raggi, R.Carvalho, Abidal, Abdennour, Isimat-Mirin, Wolf, Echiejile, Ab.Diallo – Obbadi, Moutinho, Pi, Ferreira Carrasco, Ocampos, Dirar – Berbatov, E.Rivière, Germain, A.Martial
Bordeaux: C.Carrasso, Olimpa – Mariano, L.Sané, Orban, Planus, Pellenard, Chalmé, Poundjé – Biyogo-Poko, Nguemo, Sertic, Kaabouni, Ab.Traoré, Faubert – Hoarau, Maurice-Belay, T.Touré