Ligue 1: AS Monaco vs Marseille Match Preview
It’s second against fifth in this South Coast contest this week, both teams have started the season well and will try to lay down a marker that they are a serious title challenger.
Marseille will be looking to keep their good form going, after comfortably dispatching Domzale to qualify for the Europa League group stages on Thursday whilst newly arrived forward Valére Germain will look to cause problems for his old team by adding to the brace that he scored in the midweek fixture.
Marseille have had a bright start to the season so far, with two wins and one draw seeing them sitting 5th in the table. Clinton N’Jie, who arrived from Tottenham in a £6.3m deal this summer has so far managed to put his disappointing time in England behind him with three goals in as many games for the south coast club.
As millions have poured into Marseille since Frank McCourt’s takeover of the club last year their fortunes have begun to turn around. After a bright start this season, this fixture provides an opportunity for the club to lay down a marker against last season’s champions to show that they have truly re-arrived on the scene, or alternatively a meek display could signal how far the club still has to go before they are truly in the race.
Monaco’s bright start belies the number of exits that the club has dealt with since they won the league last season. Bernardo Silva, Benjamin Mendy, Valére Germain, and Tiemoué Bakayoko who were all central components last season are no longer at the club whilst Thomas Lemar, Fabinho, and Kylian Mbappé have all had seemingly daily rumours circulating around them. Whilst manager Leonardo Jardim has done exceptionally well to control the speculation and keep his players focussed so far, Mbappé has been left out of the side more frequently.
Despite this though, Monaco have managed to continue much where they left off last season with three wins from three games so far this campaign which has them equal top. Although results have all been positive so far, the team is perhaps starting to show its loss of creativity, this was most evident last week as they struggled to get on top of a poor Metz side. This weekend, in a game against a team that would like to be challenging for European qualification, provides a good opportunity to show that that is not the case. Radamel Falcao, who has scored five goals so far, will look to continue his lethal form against the league’s second best defence.
Time: 9:00 (Local), 8:00pm (BST)
Venue: Stade Louis II, Monaco
Position in current League table:
Monaco: 2nd: 9pts: +5 gd
Marseille: 5th: 7pts: +4 gd
47 games played (8 draws)
Monaco- 23 wins
Marseille- 16 wins
Monaco: Subasic; Sidibe, Glik, Jemerson, Jorge; Fabinho, Moutinho; Lemar, Lopes; Falcao, Diakhaby
Marseille: Mandanda; Sarr, Rami, Rolando, Amavi; Gustavo, Sanson, Anguissa; Thauvin, N’Jie, Germain