Monaco were very aggressive last round away at St Etienne, but had to settle for a draw, in-spite controlling and constantly pushing the game forward (finished 1-1).
Monaco is by far the most dangerous side in Ligue1, with 2.72 goals scored per game so far. Even without playmaker Moutinho, they don’t have any difficulties in creating dangerous scoring opportunities.
Falcao is back from injury, scored twice in Champions League against CSKA (Monaco won 3-0), and proved he is in excellent form. The defensive phase doesn’t even matter anymore, as attacking-wise Monaco are simply unstoppable, and can easily outscore most sides in Ligue 1.
Hosts will miss central defender Glik (suspended), and midfielder Moutinho who is still injured.
Nancy are in good form at the moment, they are performing at decent levels, and also confidence increased recently due to the positive results.
Nancy constantly use 3 forwards, but at times they still look a bit shy in the attacking phase. They create mostly through long balls from central midfielders, and this strategy implies reliance on forwards’ skills.
The good news is that forward Mandanne scored his first goal for Nancy last round, and hopefully this will be a morale boost. More good news as key forward Hadji resumed training and should be in the lineup this week. Hadji is by far Nancy’s most important player (team captain), and the offensive strength will certainly increase.
Guests will have to do without midfielder Ait Bennaser.
Nancy surely can’t stop Monaco from scoring, but they can also find the net, especially given their good form and Hadji’s return from injury. OVER 2.5 GOALS at 2.01
Monaco : Subasic, De Sanctis – Diallo, Jemerson, Mendy, Raggi, Sidibé, N’Doram – Bakayoko, Boschilia, Fabinho, Lemar, SIlva, Traoré – Carrillo, Falcao, Germain, Mbappé, Jean
Nancy : Ndy Assembe, Chernik – Cétout, Cuffaut, Chrétien, Lenglet, Badila, Cabaco – Maouassa, Marchetti, Pedretti, Guidileye, N’Guessan, Puyo – Robic, Dia, Mandanne, Hadji