Defending champions AS Monaco will travel to Southern France in their next Ligue 1 match against Toulouse this Saturday. Recently, Leonardo Jardim’s side won their last league fixture against Dijon by 4-0.
Keita Balde scored an opener against Dijon last Friday night in the 13th minute of the match. Fabinho, Rony Lopes, and Kamil Glik all scored a goal each in the second half against Olivier Dall’Oglio at Stade Louis II.
Brazilian midfielder Fabinho converted from the penalty spot in the 69th minute after Cedric Yambere fouled Thomas Lemar inside the box. Currently, Monaco are second in league with 56 points and are still 12 points behind the league leaders PSG.
The hosts, Toulouse played 0-0 draw against ten men Amiens last weekend. Amiens midfielder Guessouma Fofana was directly red-carded for his terrible tackle on Toulouse midfielder Yannick Cahuzac in the 76th minute.
Michael Debeve’s side are currently 16th in the league with 27 points and are just one point above from the relegation zone.
Players To Watch
The Ivorian winger is one of the standout performers for Michael Debeve’s side. He has scored eight goals for Toulouse in all competitions this season.
Max-Alain Gradel was on the scoresheet for the four occasions in the last seven league games. He is always a threat playing direct football down the left wing.
The Brazilian has been a huge asset for Monaco since his transfer to the club in 2013. The central midfielder has scored five goals in the Ligue 1 for Leonardo Jardim’s side this season. Fabinho, who mostly play in the central midfield for the club has won four man of the match awards in the league in current season which is more than anyone in the club.
Head To Head
In the last nine league encounters between these two sides, Monaco claimed all three points on six occasions. Toulouse have an unfortunate record against Monaco in recent years, winning only once against their counterparts since 2011.
The last meeting between these two sides finished a 3-2 win for the defending champions back in August; the first game of the season in the Ligue 1. Jemerson, Radamel Falcao, and Kamil Glik were on the scoresheet for Leonardo Jardim’s side at Monaco. Zinedine Machach and Andy Delort were on the target for Toulouse in that match.
Young attacking midfielder Quentin Boisgard, who has nine appearance for the club this term will miss the match due to the wrist injury.
Central-forward Andy Delort is doubtful for the game on Saturday. He scored Toulouse’s second goal in the reverse fixture against Monaco in August. Brazilian midfielder Somalia will miss the game due to the leg injury.
Club’s top scorer Radamel Falcao is still out for Leonardo Jardim’s side with the thigh injury. Youngster Adama Traore will also miss the trip due to illness. Backup goalkeeper Diego Benaglio is not in the squad too due to the leg injury.
Toulouse vs Monaco Line Up (Predicted XI)
Toulouse Line Up (4-2-3-1)
Amian (RB), Yago (CB), Diop (CB), Sylla (LB)
Sangare (CM), Cahuzac (CM)
Jean (RW), Imbula (CAM), Gradel (LW)
Monaco Line Up (4-2-3-1)
Sidibe (RB), Glik (CB), Jemerson (CB), Raggi (LB)
Tielemans (CM), Fabinho (CM)
Lopes (RW), Moutinho (CAM), Lemar (LW)
Toulouse vs Monaco Prediction
Leonardo Jardim’s men are expected to outplay relatively weak side, Toulouse on Saturday. They have comfortably won last two matches with the scoreline of 4-0. But with relegation pressure mounting higher, Michael Debeve’s side need to collect some point to stay in the top division.
Playing at home might be beneficial for Toulouse against the defending champions. However, this fixture will test the character of the players and the manager of the home side and their will to stay in top division.
Our Prediction: Toulouse 1-2 Monaco