FRANCE: Ligue 1
Match start: 20:45 (GMT+2)
According to the results of two last rounds of the new Ligue 1 championship the total number of leaders has shortened up to 5 teams. These are PSG, Monaco, Marseille, Olympique Lyonnais and Saint-Étienne.
You should agree that after such tremendous loses that the Monegasques have experienced during this summer shoulder period it is hard to imagine the team of Leonardo Jardim in the group of leaders after even two rounds. But, nevertheless, after the home victory over Toulouse (3:2) had come smashing away match winning over Dijon (1:4).
Current squad of Monaco
For the last two and a half months of the transfer window the Monegasques had lost more than 10 football players and four of them - Benjamin Mendy, Tiemoué Bakayoko, Bernardo Silva and Nabil Dirar were irreplaceable players of the starting lineup. The squad of the champion for the last away match against Dijon was (4-4-2):
Subašić – Sidibé, Glik, Jemerson, Jorge – Lopes, Moutinho, Fabinho, Lem – Diakhaby, Falcao.
Further possible loses
As we see, the lineup of the red and whites has now left winger from the Brazilian Flamengo Jorge, winger Marcos Lopes and forward from Rennais Adam Diakhaby. And the new playmaker of the team is Toma Lem.
But now PSG, having in its lineup three holding midfielders of the top level - Thiago Motta, Blaise Matuidi and Marco Verratti and is going to have even Fabinho. According to preliminary data, the sum of Fabinho’ s transfer will be approximately € 60 million.
We doubt that now the head coach of Monaco Leonardo Jardim knows who will play instead of the holding midfielder Fabinho.
But still the Brazilian is in the squad of the Monegasques and the champion is waiting for the third victory in a row. This time –away match against Metz. Alas! The time when this club could win the title and was playing in the Champions League had gone. When the new season began, the reds had lost two matches in a row to Guingamp and Bordeaux with the total score 1:5 and now are in the relegation zone for good.
Metz – 10.00, draw – 4.35, Monaco –1.35;
Our tip: Monaco (Asian Handicap -1) - odds 1.77 Bet365