Match Preview: OGC Nice vs AS Monaco
Date: Saturday 9/09/17
Time: 5pm (Local), 4pm (BST), 8:30pm (IST)
Venue: Allianz Riviera, Nice, France
Saturday’s match has the two surprise packages of last season facing off, both of whom enter this match on the back of remarkably different form. Monaco have so far won all four games they have played this season, Nice on the other hand have only one win in four and find themselves in 17th place. Monaco will be hoping to continue their good form this season, whilst Nice will be hoping that this match is the win that kick-starts their season.
Monaco responded to their bland, uninspiring 1-0 victory over Metz with a crushing 6-1 home defeat of Olympique de Marseille to keep the season’s 100% record intact. Monaco’s form so far has run in conjunction with their striker’s Radamel Falcao, with the Columbian leading both Monaco’s attacking line as well as Ligue 1’s scoing charts with seven goals from four matches. Monaco have shown great attacking prowess so far this season with 14 goals, making the principality side the equal top attacking team in the league so far.
Monaco’s fantastic start to the season has come despite having had their first team raided for players, with five of last season’s first team players left the club since the start of the transfer window.
After last season’s renaissance, much was expected from Nice this time around, so far they have dismally failed to live up their expectations. After a stunning capitulation in the Champions League qualifiers against Napoli, they are still to get going in the league, suffering a heavy 3-0 loss to newly promoted Amiens last time out. Nice will hope that a strong performance against the champions will give them a much needed morale boost.
48 matches played (12 Draws)
OGC Nice- 18 wins
AS Monaco- 18 wins
OGC Nice: 17th, 3pts, -3Gd
Monaco: 2nd, 12pts, +10Gd
Nice: Cardinale; Jallet, Dante, Sourquet, Le Marchand; Koziello, Tameze, Sneijder; Lees-Melou, Walter, Plea
Monaco: Subasic; Sidibe, Glik, Jemerson, Jorge; Fabinho, Lemar, Moutinho, Lopes; Falcao, Diakhaby.