Sunday 2 Sep

Monaco vs Marseille - Match Preview

02 Sep 2018 Tampines -Tanjong Pagar FRANCE: Ligue 1
FRANCE: Ligue 1

AS Monaco

  • L
  • L
  • W
  • D
  • L


19:00 GMT
02 September 2018

Olympique Marseille

  • D
  • L
  • W
  • L
  • D

19:00 GMT 02 September 2018

European football is finally back on a regular basis and the 2018/19 Ligue 1 season has started in style. Sunday afternoon sees Marseille travel to Monaco to face last term’s 2nd-placed side.


  • A decent campaign for Monaco last season still saw them fall 13 points short of champions PSG in the race for the title. However, they’ve begun this season poorly and with just four points from their opening three matches, they find themselves marooned in mid-table. Their first game was a 3-1 win over Nantes followed by a goalless draw with Lille and they were beaten 2-1 last time out by Bordeaux.
  • Marseille managed to take the final Champions League place last season as they finished just a point behind rivals Lyon. Like Monaco, their start to the campaign has been lacklustre and they’re on the same amount of points after three games. They comfortably beat Toulouse 4-0 before they were taken apart by newly-promoted Nimes and they could only manage a 2-2 draw with Rennes in their last match.
  • Monaco have seemingly struggled to find the back of the net so far this term and with just four goals, they have all come from different players.
  • With seven goals from the first three fixtures, Marseille’s leading scorers are Florian Thuavin and Dmitri Payet who both have two goals.


Marseille won’t take confidence from their recent record with Monaco ahead of Sunday’s clash as they haven’t beaten the title challengers in their last six attempts. Monaco have won four of the last five meetings and all five of the last home fixtures against Marseille. It’s a game that often produces goals with over 2.5 goals in each of the last seven. Both teams have scored in six of those seven.


The hosts need to improve rapidly this season if they are to challenge at the top of the table. They are without Stevan Jovetic, Aleksandr Golovin and Andrea Raggi for the clash.

Latest matches: AS Monaco

26.08.2018 Ligu FC Girondins Bordeaux AS Monaco 2:1 L
18.08.2018 Ligu AS Monaco Lille OSC 0:0 D
11.08.2018 Ligu FC Nantes AS Monaco 1:3 W
04.08.2018 Trop Paris St Germain AS Monaco 4:0 L
28.07.2018 Club Hamburger SV AS Monaco 3:1 L


The visitors can’t afford to lose another match this early in the campaign but they’ll be right up against it in Monaco. Steve Mandanda and Rolando are unavailable for the clash.

Latest matches: Olympique Marseille

26.08.2018 Ligu Olympique Marseille Stade Rennes 2:2 D
19.08.2018 Ligu Olympique Nimes Olympique Marseille 3:1 L
10.08.2018 Ligu Olympique Marseille Toulouse FC 4:0 W
04.08.2018 Club Bournemouth AFC Olympique Marseille 5:2 L
28.07.2018 Club Sporting CP Olympique Marseille 1:1 D


Recent meetings between these sides have seen entertainment and goals and I expect this one to be no different. Both teams are expected to score on Sunday and despite Monaco’s struggles in front of goal, they should come away with all three points. It really is a result that could either way but backing a home win is smart.

About the author - Tampines -Tanjong Pagar

  1. Tampines: Tampines Football Club, also known as Tampines Rovers, is a professional soccer team based in Singapore. They compete in the Singapore Premier League (SPL) and have a rich history in Singaporean football. Here are some key points to consider about Tampines:


  • Experienced Squad: Tampines Rovers have a good mix of experienced players who bring a wealth of knowledge and skill to the team.
  • Strong Attack: The team boasts several talented attacking players who are capable of creating scoring opportunities and finding the back of the net.
  • Consistent Performers: Tampines Rovers have been consistently competitive in the SPL, often finishing near the top of the league table.


  • Defensive Vulnerabilities: At times, Tampines Rovers have shown vulnerabilities in their defense, which can lead to conceding goals.
  • Inconsistency: While they have had successful campaigns in the past, there have been instances where they struggled to maintain a consistent performance level.
  1. Tanjong Pagar: Tanjong Pagar United Football Club is another Singaporean soccer team that participates in the Singapore Premier League. After a hiatus, they made a return to the league in recent years. Here's an assessment of Tanjong Pagar:


  • Resurgence: After their return to the SPL, Tanjong Pagar has shown resilience and determination to re-establish themselves as a competitive team.
  • Young Talent: The team has invested in young players, giving them opportunities to develop and showcase their abilities.
  • Fighting Spirit: Tanjong Pagar has displayed a never-give-up attitude, often putting up spirited performances even against stronger opponents.


  • Limited Squad Depth: Tanjong Pagar may face challenges due to a relatively smaller squad and fewer resources compared to some other teams in the league.
  • Defensive Fragility: The team has struggled with defensive solidity at times, leading to conceding goals more frequently.

Overall, Tampines Rovers have a stronger track record and a more established presence in the Singapore Premier League. They possess experienced players and have a history of competitive performances. On the other hand, Tanjong Pagar is a team that has been rebuilding and showing signs of progress. While they may face challenges, they have displayed resilience and a commitment to improvement.

It's important to note that soccer teams' performance can vary over time, so it's always a good idea to keep up with the latest news and updates on their progress.

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