AS Monaco vs Toulouse Match Preview
The pressure is on Monaco this week to get a win after they made a complete mockery of the French cup by playing what was essentially an academy side featuring Valère Germain, they lost 5-0 to PSG. That loss will have been expected though, as is a win this weekend against Toulouse at home.
The Stade Louis II has been somewhat of a fortress for Monaco this season, winning 14 of their 16 league matches there so far this season; meanwhile their opponents Toulouse have struggled away from home this season winning 2 matches from 17 attempts.
Monaco, unbeaten in the last 15 league games, come into this match looking to reaffirm their position at the top of the table and force PSG to get a result away at Nice this weekend. Monaco’s young team have been a pronounced attacking threat this season having scored 92 league goals in 33 matches so far this season, they will be interested in keeping that offensive streak going.
Toulouse managed to have a small say in the title race last weekend by holding Nice to a 1-1 draw and effectively ending the South Coast club’s faint title hopes, this weekend however presents the opportunity for Toulouse to have a much more profound, and tangible impact upon the title race, which they will be keen to do. Outside of that however there’s very little for the Occitanie club to play for, having thrown off the threat of relegation but not strong enough for any serious push for European action.
Despite Jardim telling potential bidders that all his key, young attacking talent want to stay for another season to give themselves the best chance of being selected for their respective 2018 World Cup sides, European scouts will be attending in their abundance. Monaco’s Silva, Mbappe, Sidibe, and Bakayoko have all been attracting interest in recent months, as too has Toulouse’s 17 year old goalkeeper Alban Lafont. Having already made 57 first team appearances despite his tender age, the Toulouse custodian has been getting looked at by many big European clubs of late, but as the undisputed #1 at his current club he may not be too keen for a move at this stage.
Monaco: 1st, 80pts, +64gd
Toulouse: 11th, 42 pts, -1gd
- 44 matches (11 draws)
- Monaco: 25 wins
- Toulouse: 8 wins
Date: Saturday 29/04/2017
Time: 5pm local, 4pm BST
Location: Stade Louis II, Monaco
Monaco: Subasic; Sidibe, Glik, Dirar, Mendy; Silva, Bakayoko, Toure, Mbappe; Falcao, Germain
Toulouse: Lafont; Amian, Diop, Julien, Moubandje; Blin, Bodiger; Jean, Trejo, Braithwaite; Delort