Monaco – Angers
The champion Monaco hosts Angers SCO in a match from the 16th round of the French Ligue 1.
Things are much harder for Monaco this season. The champions are struggling, after selling a lot of their stars to other clubs in the summer. Right now Monaco are 4th in the Ligue 1 standings, being on 12 points behind the convincing leader PSG. As it stands now, PSG won’t have problems to win the league. The question is – can Monaco fight their way to a Top 3 finish and a Champions League qualification?
In the last three rounds Monaco won just one point during the draw against Amiens. This was followed by two consecutive defeats against PSG and Nantes. The crisis in the champions’ team is visible and maybe it was fairly expected after the big sell in the summer.
Angers SCO are a team who will fight against relegation this season. Angers are currently 19th in the Ligue 1 standings with just 14 points won so far. Their record in the league this season is two wins, eight draws and five defeats.
In their last five matches Angers didn’t win neither once. They are just on one point behind Lille and the relegation play-off spot, so nothing is lost for Angers. But they have to win points as often as they could, if the want to survive.
Monaco won’t defend their Ligue 1 title this season – this is obvious. But they still have goals to follow this season. Their main goal remains a Top 3 finish and a qualification for the Champions League. Leonardo Jardim’s team is not as strong as it was last season, but it was fairly expected after selling so much top players. They still have a lot to play for this season, so we expect to see them performing at top level.