A week after dispatching Nice from the French League Cup, Monaco will host on Tuesday, January 16, the rival. Now the game is part of the schedule of the twenty-first round of the French Championship 2017/2018 edition. Scheduled to start at 18h (GMT), the match will be held at the Louis II stadium in Monaco.
Monaco’s recent performance
The Monegasque had their series of wins followed interrupted on Saturday, January 13. After six successes, they had to settle for the goalless draw with Montpellier, away from home.
In this way, they saw the difference compared to the Paris Saint-Germain, leader, who beat Nantes 1-0, also out of home, to climb to 53 points. In practice, the Monaco fight is even for the runner-up. Has 42 points (13 wins, three draws and four losses).
In this case, the stumble had little influence since Lyon, who has the same score and is in third place due to the tiebreaker criteria, also only tied. At home, he came out at a disadvantage, reacted, but stayed in the 1 to 1 with the Angers.
The stumble ended up benefiting Olympique de Marseille, who thrashed Rennes 3-0 away from home and pitted their rivals. He is in fourth place with 41 points (12 wins, five draws and three losses).
This triangular is decisive for qualifying for European tournaments. The top four will have vacancies, but their ‘quality’ is quite different. Only those who finish in second place will be sure of participating in the group stage of the Champions League. The third will need to play the qualifiers to get there. The fourth will have to settle for the Europa League.
In their dominions, the Monaco only is not undefeated in the Ligue 1 because it was surpassed by the almost unbeatable PSG. In the nine games against the ‘normal’ teams, he won eight and drew one. Coach Leonardo Jardim has concussion problems that can affect the team’s lineup for the confrontation.
The biggest of them is certainly striker Falcao Garcia (16 games in the French Championship 2017/2018, 15 goals). A calf injury took him out of the last three games. Will be submitted to the new evaluation that will determine if you can enter the field to face the Nice.
Also in this situation the defender Julien Serrano (without performances in the current season); the socks Gabriel Boschilia (three matches, no goal), Youri Tielemans (12 matches, no goal) and Adama Traore (three matches, three goals).
The current form of Nice
Nice became a mere participant in the French Championship. After a disastrous start, where he came to occupy a place in the relegation zone, he got a start. On Saturday, January 13, at home, he scored 1-0 at Amiens with four wins and a draw in the last five games.
With 30 points (nine wins, three draws and eight losses), he is sixth in the standings. Well away from the classified block for European tournaments. His only viable fight is for the fifth place, occupied by Nantes with three points more. Thus, if a French team wins the Champions League or the Europa League, a new vacancy would be opened through Ligue 1.
Swiss coach Lucien Favre has only one doubt for the match. Arnaud Souquet (18 matches in the 2017/2018 French Championship, without a goal) is undergoing an injury treatment. A bruise on his foot took him out of the last two games. It will be up to the medical department to say if it will have playing conditions to face Monaco. If it receives the green light, it will most likely be related among the holders.
History of the bouts between Monaco and Nice
This will be the second game involving the teams in a week. In the first, which saw the Champions League Cup, Monaco, as a visitor, eliminated Nice by 2-1. In the first round of Ligue 1 in August, also in their stadium, Nice thrashed the Monegascos 4-0.
The home factor makes Monaco the best option for betting. The odds for the Monaco win are 1.67 in Rivalo. Draw shows return of 4.00 and successful visitor yields 4.70 for each real invested.