Last round Monaco were under constant domination, but thanks to individual skills they managed to take a point (1-1 against St Etienne).
Newly transferred-in striker Vagner Love scored his first goal for Monaco, and surely this will boost his confidence, especially considering how important the goal was.
Although the opponents will be more accessible, this game can be really difficult for Monaco since they will miss central midfielders Moutinho and Fabinho (suspended).
They do have many talented players waiting on the bench for an opportunity, but chemistry is already at low levels, and changing the backbone of the team can’t lead to anything positive.
Last round Troyes got their second victory this season after an entertaining game away at Gazelec Ajaccio (Troyes won 3-2).
Until now winger Azamoum was mostly a bench warmer, but last round he scored twice (his first goals this season), and was the man the match.
Troyes really need a hero, a source of inspiration, even if it is only short term. They really need to make the most of every single minute in Ligue1, seeing that most probably they will relegate at the end of the season.
Troyes have nothing to lose, they can afford to concede early and still play attacking football (just like last round when Troyes were 1-0 down after a couple of minutes). This can be a dangerous situation for Monaco who aren’t exactly bursting with creativity and will be without both central midfielders.
UPDATE: Monaco will miss midfelders Fabinho, Moutinho, forwards Cavaleiro, Dirar and Traore and defender Coentrao
Monaco: Subasic, Nardi – R.Carvalho, Echiejile, Jemerson, Raggi, Wallace, Al.Touré – Bakayoko, H.Costa, Lemar, Bahlouli, Pasalic, Toulalan – Carrillo, Vagner Love, Mbappé, L.Traoré
Troyes: Dreyer, Grandel – M.Dabo, Karaboué, Mavinga, Ngcongca, Veskovac – Azamoum, Ben Saada, Camus, Confais, Court, Darbion, Nivet, Pi, Thiago – B.Gueye, Hümmet