High-flying Monaco will look to extend their winning run to five games when they take on Nice in the Ligue 1 round 25. Les Rouges et Blancs have been impressive in the French top flight of late, and they are likely to stick to their attacking style of play.
Dutch forward Myron Boadu is pushing for a start as Philippe Clement should opt to mix the squad due to the tough fixture list, while Aguilar, Maripan, Martins, Volland, and Vanderson are sidelined with injuries.
Les Aiglons, on the other hand, recorded four wins in the previous five league matches, but, no doubt, they should be happy with one point from Sunday’s showdown. All Nicolas Pepe, Joe Bryan, Youcef Atal, and Marcin Bulka should miss out through injuries for the visiting team. It has to be noted that under 2.5 goals have been netted in each of their last two meetings in the French top flight.
The hosts tasted defeat for just the second time in 2023 as they crashed out of the Europa League against Bayer Leverkusen during the week. However, they can now at least fully focus on securing at least a top three finish in Ligue 1.
They sit just two points adrift of second place Marseille and will be gunning for a win here. They have scored in every single home league match this term and it seems incredibly likely they will hit the back of the net again.
The visitors have been fairly prolific on the road this term, netting in 10 of their 12 away fixtures and they will hope to capitalise on any potential fatigue that Monaco are suffering from. Qualifying for Europe next season looks a real possibility and Nice will be aiming to take something from this game.
With all that in mind, it is tough to decide which way this one will go. But I am of the opinion that this will be competitive and I think that both teams will get in on the scoring act.
A quick look at past results between these clubs going back to 08/11/2020 reveals that these fixtures have not been kind to Nice. They have not managed to register any wins whatsoever while Monaco have simply been better than them, finishing as winners in 83% of those games played. A total of 14 goals were shared by the two clubs in these games, with 10 for Les Rouge et Blanc and 4 being from Les Aiglons. That is an average goals per game figure of 2.33.
The last league clash featuring the two was Ligue 1 match day 6 on 04/09/2022 when the final score was Nice 0-1 Monaco. In that game, Nice managed 53% possession and 12 attempts at goal with 5 on target. On the other side, Monaco had 14 shots on goal with 2 on target. Breel Embolo (69') scored.
Team News: Monaco
Ruben Aguilar (Thigh muscle rupture) and Vanderson (Knee Injury) won’t be playing for Monaco boss Philippe Clement.
Team News: Nice
Owing to an otherwise available group of players, there is just a single fitness issue for the Nice manager Didier Digard to contend with. Marcin Bulka (Shoulder Injury) won’t be playing here.
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