Monaco and Bordeaux come face to face in the Stade Louis II where Monaco will be looking for that crucial 3 points victory.
The Monégasques are unbeaten in their last five league games and after that intense 3 – 3 draws with a struggling Toulouse, their second-place position is also in jeopardy. Having failed to find any champions league success their hopes of gaining a league title is also crushed by mighty league leaders PSG. With an assurance of automatic qualification to the Champions League next year, Leonardo Jardim’s side are in a battle with Marseille.
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Currently, in the second place in the league table, with just two points ahead of third-placed Marseille, The Monégasques face off eighth-placed Bordeaux. The Girondins are pointless from their last two games after being followed by four previous straight wins. At home, however, the Reds and Whites have suffered only one defeat in their last ten fixtures. The Girondins will have a fierce battle to face, considering the fantastic home performance of AS Monaco.
Bordeaux have lost seven of their previous seven away games in all competitions, and considering this away match they have; they would likely have to pull off some magic if they want to get an away victory against Leonardo Jardim’s side.
The sides have met a total of 36 times previously. Earlier this season, Monaco won against Bordeaux in the away fixture.
In the 36 previous meetings, The Red and Whites have won ten games whereas The Navy-and-Whites have won sixteen of those games. The remaining ten games where both these sides featured was a draw.
Goalkeeper Diego Benaglio left back Jorge, and center midfielder Adama Traore out of the squad having faced injuries. These players would not be featuring in this clash and are in a race against time to be fit.
Keita Blade, the winger for Monaco, recently picked up an injury in Saturday and will be missed in this home fixture. Radamel Falcao has also been out lately, and this is a huge setback for Leonardo Jardim, as the Columbian forward was in fine form.
Olivier Verdon and Alexandre Mendy are sidelined due to injury. The manager, Gus Poyet will surely be having worries with building that perfect team to defeat the side of Leonardo Jardim.
With Malcom being set to return after serving suspension last weekend, the manager will have a glimmer of hope as his side take on AS Monaco in the away game fixture.
Players to Watch
With Blade and Falcao out due to injury, the responsibility to start the game could now be handed over to Stevan Jovetic. The Montenegrin professional forward has not been in a terrific run of form but still has five goals to his name in the Ligue 1 play. His recent goal was after coming on as a substitute against Toulouse.
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Jovetic is still a dangerous forward with skill and strength being his best abilities. The Girondins will have to keep their defense tight so as not to let the striker bag some more goals.
The young Brazilian player has attracted quite an interest recently. In this young age, the star player has lived up quite high to his expectations and is on a potential move to various European Giants.
It seems like the Brazilian has dragged his French club into the eighth position with his eight goals and six assists. The youngster has shown a lot of promise and could be a problem for the defense if he shows his best performance.
Monaco vs Bordeaux Lineup (Predicted XI)
Monaco Lineup (4-2-3-1)
DEF: Sidibe (LB), Glik (CB), Jemerson (CB), Raggi (RB), Moutinho (CDM), Fabinho (CDM)
MID: Tielemans (LM), Lemar (CAM), Lopes (RM)
Bordeaux Lineup (4-3-3)
DEF: Sabaly (LB), Baysse (CB), Pablo (CB), Poundje (RB)
MID: Lerager (LM), Plasil (CM), Meite (RM)
Monaco vs Bordeaux Prediction
The Navy-and-Whites have a slight disadvantage in this match. This fixture for them is away from home, and their away record is terrible.
The Monégasques have lost a game at home only once, and for Bordeaux, it is going to be an uphill battle. A crucial 3 points is a must for both sides as they hope for some European football action. Monaco will look to ease past Marseille with a win that would serve them properly forward. Bordeaux will be looking to finish at a higher position to qualify in the Europa League competition.
The Monégasques are the favorites as they host the Girondins in the Stade Louis II and we may see the home team win.
AS Monaco – 2
Bordeaux – 1