Monaco used the best team possible in the midweek Cup game away at Guingamp. In-spite of that, the performance was mediocre even if Monaco moderately dominated the game.
The game was decided in extra time so a bit of tiredness may have accumulated along with some disappointment.
Keeper Romero played his second game as a starter and most likely will continue in goal seeing that first choice Subasic is still injured.
Monaco’s major weakness seems to be defending the flanks as fullbacks, despite their talent, are quite young, inexperienced and just love to take part in the offensive phase.
Upfront Monaco have alternating performances, depending mostly on the mood of play-maker Rodriguez.
Nice were very soft last round against Lorient (lost 1-2). In midfield they lost so many balls that they simply invited Lorient to attack and create pressure. Upfront they could barely reach opponents’ penalty area and managed to score only after a free-kick.
Young Maupay started as a sole striker seeing that Cvitanich and Bosetti were out injured. Even when top scorer Cvitanich was available Nice couldn’t scare anyone, now with Maupay upfront it is simply a laughable situation. Cvitanich may return this week but he was severely out-of-form before the injury and most likely won’t start.
Fullback Kolodziejczak seems to be Nice’s most in-form player. He is the only really trying and believing in his own forces and those of teammates.
Nice will welcome back central midfielder Digard after suspension and also central midfielder Traore could return after injury.
It was a disappointing start of the week for Monaco as they got eliminated from the Cup. But they still need to assure the second place in Ligue1 that will guarantee a Champions League presence next season. Getting the 3 points against uninvolved Nice shouldn’t be too hard. Monaco -1.5 at 2.31
UPDATE: Monaco are still without fullback Kurzawa.
Monaco: Roma, Se.Romero, Subasic – Abdennour, Abidal, R.Carvalho, Fabinho, Isimat-Mirin, Echiejile, Raggi – Dirar, Ferreira-Carrasco, Kondogbia, Moutinho, Obbadi, Ocampos, J.Rodriguez, Toulalan – Berbatov, Germain, Rivière, A.Martial
Nice: Hassen, Ospina – Amavi, Bodmer, Genevois, Kolodziejczak, Palun, G.Puel – Abriel, Brüls, Digard, Eysseric, N.Mendy, Pied – Bauthéac, Bruins, Cvitanich, Honorat, Maupay, P.Puel