France: Ligue 1
Match start: 16:00 (GMT+1)
What is going on with Monegasques? This is now the most important question that the fans of the champion of France 2017 are asking. After two defeats in a row to PSG in the calendar match of Ligue 1 (1:7) and in the final match of the National League (0:3), the team of Leonardo Jardim has changed greatly and it began to lose points in matches with rivals that were earlier lower in class than PSG: Guingamp (1:3), Amiens (0:0). Usually such “surprises” in the game of favorites occur when there is a conflict between the coach and the leading players in the team.
Colorless house draw with the debutant
In the current season the majority of home matches at the well-known arena Louis II have ended with convincing victories of the hosts. We speak about five out of six last meetings with Olympique lyonnais (3:2), Dijon (4:0), Bordeaux (2:1), Lille (2:1) and Nantes (2:1). That is, the bet on home victory of Monaco traditionally was one of the most popular in the championship of France. And suddenly, instead of another productive victory, – 0:0 at home match with the debutant Amiens.
Loss of the second place
And in the last battle with the club from Picardy the best players headed by Thomas Lemar, Falcao, Fabinho and João Moutinho took part. However, only nostalgic memoirs are left from a former winning game of the ex-champion. And as a result of such large number of mistakes – Monaco (71 points) has already lost to Olympique lyonnais (72) its second position and now has all chances to let Marseille take the third place (70).
We will remind you that unlike the championships of England, Spain, Italy and Germany, the host-country of EURO-2016 in the Champions League is represented by only three teams. Therefore, possible loss of the third Champions League position can cost Monegasques huge financial losses.
Now the Red and Whites came to Normandy to meet with Caen which is near the relegation zone. It is obvious that at home arena the strong middle level team of the French football will fight for winning points.