Friday 21 Sep

Monaco vs Nimes - Match Preview

20 Sep 2018 Ed Mackey FRANCE: Ligue 1
FRANCE: Ligue 1

AS Monaco

  • D
  • L
  • L
  • D
  • L

vs

Kick-off
18:45 GMT
21 September 2018

Olympique Nimes

  • W
  • W
  • L
  • L
  • D

Kick-off
18:45 GMT 21 September 2018

After five games of the 2018/19 Ligue 1 season, it returns this week and on Friday, Monaco host Nimes desperately looking for a win. Last year’s runners-up have started awfully and sit 15th while their upcoming opponents are in 8th.

STATS

  • Monaco’s start to the campaign couldn’t have been much worse as they’ve won just one of their opening five matches, drawing two and losing the other two. Their first game of the season ended with a 3-1 win over Nantes before draws with Lille and Toulouse and losses against Bordeaux and Marseille. They were also beaten in the Champions League at home on Tuesday night, 2-1 against Atletico.
  • Nimes will be happy with their start to the campaign with two wins, a draw and two losses from their opening five matches. They started the season with back-to-back wins over Angers and Marseille and lost to Toulouse and PSG before drawing with Bordeaux. Their games have rarely been boring with 22 goals in their five games.
  • Radamel Falcao and Youri Tielemans have both got two goals for Monaco in the five league games so they are the current leading scorers.
  • Nimes’ top scorers are currently on the same amount of goals as Clement Depres, Sada Thioub and Renaud Ripart have all netted two.

HEAD TO HEAD

Due to Nimes spending a lot of time in the lower divisions, the head-to-head record isn’t full of matches and they’ve never actually met in Ligue 1. The last meeting was in the Coupe de France where Monaco ran out 2-0 winners in 2015 and the Champions League side have won two of the other three games, one of which on penalties. Both teams have scored in two of the games and none of them have produced over 2.5 goals.

MONACO NEWS

Monaco’s poor start to the season hasn’t been helped by a number of injuries and they’ve got three players out for Friday and four doubtful. Danijel Subasic and Rony Lopes are among the confirmed injured while Aleksandr Golovin and Stevan Jovetic remain a doubt.

Latest matches: AS Monaco

18.09.2018 UEFA AS Monaco Atletico Madrid 1:2 L
15.09.2018 Ligu Toulouse FC AS Monaco 1:1 D
02.09.2018 Ligu AS Monaco Olympique Marseille 2:3 L
26.08.2018 Ligu FC Girondins Bordeaux AS Monaco 2:1 L
18.08.2018 Ligu AS Monaco Lille OSC 0:0 D

NIMES NEWS

The visitors have some injuries of their own to contend with. Denis Bouanga and Mustapha Diallo miss out while Martin Sourzac and Rachid Alioui are doubts, Teji Savanier is suspended.

Latest matches: Olympique Nimes

16.09.2018 Ligu FC Girondins Bordeaux Olympique Nimes 3:3 D
01.09.2018 Ligu Olympique Nimes Paris St Germain 2:4 L
25.08.2018 Ligu Toulouse FC Olympique Nimes 1:0 L
19.08.2018 Ligu Olympique Nimes Olympique Marseille 3:1 W
11.08.2018 Ligu SCO Angers Olympique Nimes 3:4 W

SUMMARY

Last season, this would’ve been considered a comfortable Monaco win but after contrasting starts to the season, Nimes certainly have a chance to nick a point despite still being underdogs. Monaco fans will be expecting three points on Friday night and I think they are right to expect that but I think the winning margin will be slim.

About the author - Ed Mackey

Experienced sports writer and huge Leicester City fan.

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