Thrilling game between Monaco and Marseille last week with many defensive errors on both ends and a total of 6 goals (finished 3-3).
Monaco missed central midfielder Toulalan (will sit out again) and the defensive strength was considerably reduced. In-spite scoring 3 times, regular attacking players weren’t so impressive and two Monaco’s goals were scored by fullback Traore and the other one by Coentrao, who should have been a fullback, or at least a winger, but played as a forward.
Monaco are bursting with individual talent but unfortunately chemistry is at low levels and they keep on conceding and sometimes even struggle to create dangerous opportunities.
Hosts will also miss forward Traore who is suspended.
Just by looking at the final scoreline you’d get the impression Caen played like Barcelona last round away at Bordeaux (Caen won 4-1). But in reality it was a boring encounter with only a couple of shots on target (most of them ended up in the net) and Caen’s first three goals resulted from set pieces.
Both of Caen’s central defenders (Da Silva and Ben Youssef) scored and that should say something about how the game developed.
Attacking players Delort, Bessat and Rodelin are less and less involved in the game, and when central midfielder Feret doesn’t step up to assume responsibility Caen rely only on set pieces.
Guests will once again miss central defender Yahia.
Both sides were involved in weird games last round, but if things will go back to normal this should be a pretty straight forward encounter, with Monaco trying to find a way inside the penalty box and Caen focusing on counters.
UPDATE: No surprises in the squads
Monaco: Subasic, Nardi, Sy – Carvalho, Coentrao, Echiejilé, Fabinho, Raggi, A. Touré, Wallace – Bakayoko, Boschilia, Helder Costa, Lopes, Moutinho, Pasalic, Silva – Carrillo, El Shaarawy, Mbappé Lottin
Caen: Vercoutre, Reulet – Alhadhur, Appiah, Ben Youssef, Raineau, Da Silva – Seube, Delaplace, Makengo, Bessat, Féret, Leborgne, Adéoti – Nkololo, Delort, Rodelin, Bazile