France Ligue 1 – Monaco v Angers Preview (24/9/16)

asm-angMonaco preview

  • After a superb start to the season they were brought back down to earth in midweek, thrashed 4-0 away at local rivals Nice.
  • It was a bad night all round with Falcao & Thomas Lemar both picking up injuries which rules them out of this match.
  • Midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko is suspended, which is a blow because he’s been one of their best performers this season.
  • Monaco are a tough team mentally though and have bounced back from adversity many times before under the management of Leonardo Jardim.

Angers preview

  • After losing their first three matches of the season, Angers have bounced back with three straight wins.
  • Now that they have found a way to start scoring again, Stephane Moulin’s side seem a lot more confident and dangerous.
  • Winger Billy Ketkeo ruled out for the rest of the season with an ACL injury.
  • Some injury doubts to a number of other players too and three games in seven days could put a strain on the squad.

Conclusion & betting analysis

  • Monaco weren’t as bad as the scoreline suggested on Wednesday night and I just think it was a straightforward case of a ‘bad day at the office’
  • For the most part, the south coast side have played very well this season and PSG’s shock loss on Friday night should fill them with confidence.
  • I expect them to show some strong mental resolve and bounce back here to claim victory.
  • Angers will be no pushovers though and could be hard to break down. They head here having won three straight games so their tails will be up.
  • It’s for this reason why I think Monaco @ around the 1.70 mark have to be avoided.
  • The goal line set between 2 and 2.25 looks quite fair and I think this is a clear no bet match.

Prediction: 2-1

Recommended bet: None