Monaco made a decent game last round away at PSG and as a results they got away with 1 point. The equalizer was scored in the dying moments so they be considered a bit lucky.
Monaco are unconvincing ever-since this season started, especially in the offensive department. Those involved in the offensive phase (Dirar, Martial, Ocampos, Carrasco or Silva) are nothing special and most the times they even slow down the game instead increasing its speed. Play-maker Moutinho and striker Berbatov are the only ones with Champions League skills. Unfortunately for Monaco Berbatov will miss once again, this time due to suspension.
In most games, attacking players (with Berbatov’s exception) fail to understand Moutinho’s intentions and all his through balls and ingenious passes go to waste.
As proof of their offensive problems is the fact that Monaco couldn’t score more than 1 goal per game so far.
In defense they look better, but fullbacks Kurzawa and Fabinho play a big role in the attacking phase (trying to compensate for teammates’ lack of inspiration) and leave many open spaces.
Hosts will welcome back midfielder Toulalan after suspension.
Evian were doing great just before the international break. Confidence skyrocketed after three consecutive victories and the level of organization increased significantly since the beginning of the season.
Evian don’t rely on any individual talents, well maybe except Danish play-maker Wass, instead they are a united group and everyone makes huge efforts for the entire 90 minutes.
Guests are masters at preserving energy. They know how to kill a game and focus solely on defending without making many efforts. And on the other hand recently we could see how Evian are capable of applying constant pressure, cornering the opponent and creating numerical superiority.
There is absolutely no reason why Monaco should start scoring goals now, against an in-form and highly organized team (as of recent), especially with striker Berbatov out suspended. Evian +1 at 2.17
UPDATE: Besides striker Berbatov Monaco will also miss midfielder Kondogbia. But on the other hand they welcome back defender Abdennour after a long injury.
Monaco: Stekelenburg, Subasic – Abdennour, R.Carvalho, Fabinho, Kurzawa, Raggi, Wallace, Ab.Diallo – T.Bakayoko, Dirar, Ferreira Carrasco, Toulalan, Moutinho, Ocampos, Ber.Silva – Germain, A.Martial, L.Traoré
Evian: Hansen, B.Leroy – Juelsgaard, Jon.Mensah, Cambon, Mongongu, Sabaly, Abdallah – Sorlin, D.Koné, Tejeda, Wass, Camus, Thomasson, Ninkovic, Barbosa – Sougou, Bruno