Monaco had a hesitant start last week against Lyon (lost 3-1). By the time they woke up opponents were already in the lead, and Monaco were 1 man down after a childish mistake (Lyon won 3-1).
They were extremely vulnerable in defense, especially down the flanks, as fullbacks advanced frequently and nobody covered for them. Both fullbacks were booked, left back Mendy even got a red card and will miss this round.
Solid central defender Glik is the main reason Monaco conceded only 1 goal per game so far. There are huge spaces on the flanks, as both fullbacks and wingers neglect the defensive phase. Central midfielders rarely cover, so central defenders are the only ones protecting the penalty box.
Caen put up a convincing performance last week against Metz. Opponents got a red card early in second half, but by that point Caen were already in the lead and controlling the game (finished 3-0).
Attacking players were once again very active, winger Karamoh and forward Santini found the net, and it seems they finally managed to achieve full potential.
Even if they haven’t conceded, there was no improvement in the defensive phase, and they kept a clean sheet only because opponents played in numerical inferiority.
Guests continue to miss first keeper Vercoutre.
Caen usually build actions mostly down the flanks, through wingers Karamoh and Rodelin. Both of them are in great form, and should be able to take advantage of the open spaces in Monaco’s defense. Nobody questions Monaco’s ability to take all points, but they will be lucky to escape with a clean sheet. CAEN TO SCORE OVER 0.75 GOALS at 2.08
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Monaco : Subasic, De Sanctis – Jemerson, D.Sidibé, Glik, A.Diallo, A.Touré – Fabinho, Dirar, Moutinho, B.Silva, T.Bakayoko, Boschilia, Lemar – Falcao, Carrillo, Germain, Jean, Mbappé
Caen : Dreyer, Reulet – Guilbert, Adéoti, Genevois, Da Silva, A.Yahia, Bessat – Malbranque, Makengo, Féret, Delaplace, Seube – Rodelin, Santini, P.Sané, Bazile, Karamoh