PSG and Monaco Lock Horns in the Ligue 1 DerbyPublished August 28, 2016 by Florin P
Weary Monaco welcomes PSG at Stade Louis II (7:45 p.m UK Time).
PSG has won the first two games this season and is yet to concede a goal. This performance comes only a couple of days after they won the French cup against Lyon, one of the contenders for the trophy. Monaco is the other challenger and now it has home pitch advantage could prove its case. Pressure is on the home side, as a defeat in front of its fans will jeopardize their chances of causing an upset this season.
A Busy Month for Monaco
Monaco finished as runner-up last season and as a result it has to play in the Champions League qualifiers. The first match went surprisingly well and they managed to win on the road after scoring twice against Villarreal. A couple of days before, they allowed two goals at home against Guingamp before mounting an incredible comeback. However, they had to settle for one point which frustrated the fans.
Now they return home and count on their support, because anything short of a raucous crowd would decrease their chances. The main concern for manager Jardim is that no fewer than seven players are injured or suspended. A couple of strikers feature on this list including Falcao, so they will have fewer options upfront.
The 10th Consecutive Win for PSG
The perks of winning the French championship is that you don’t have to go through qualifiers and are guaranteed a spot in the Champions League groups. PSG is simply waiting for the most important European competition to start and meanwhile focuses on the domestic league. They have three players doubtful but none of them essential and the offensive line up looks impeccable.
Odds of 4/5 with bet365 on PSG to win on the road are the biggest you get in a Ligue 1 match. Truth be told, Monaco is one of the toughest possible opponents, but right now they don’t look like a serious challenger for the reigning champions.