SM Caen v AS Monaco: Ligue 1 – Week 29 Preview
In a feat of great scheduling, just 24 hours after hosting Marseille’s 1-0 win over Granville in the Coupe de France, SM Caen face AS Monaco at the Stade Michel d’Ornano in a key Ligue 1 battle.
Pictures of the torn up pitch have been shown online, giving this fixture another angle.
This could be a clash of styles. Monaco have only conceded twice in the last five games. They are built on a strong defence and like to keep things tight. Caen are an excellent counter-attacking side, who love to play down the channels and attack quickly once they win the ball back.
If Monaco struggle to play their neat passing style, Caen could seize opportunities to win the ball back and push the tempo. However, for that to work, they will rely on Monaco coming out of their shell. That might not happen too often.
Friday’s game will be a tight affair, not helped by the fact that Caen will be without Andy Delort through suspension and Saidi Ntibazonkiza, Emannuel Imorou and Jonathan Delaplace through injury. Christian Kouakou could make his first start for Patrice Garande’s side and 20-year-old Jordan Leborgne will continue in the midfield. The Normand side will still threaten down the wings with the pace of Herve Bazile and Ronny Rodelin and those two will provide the greatest threat to Leonardo Jardim and his Monegasque side.
Nabil Dirar is suspended for the away side and ASM are also without Mario Pasalic, Fabio Coentrao, Adama Traore and Ivan Cavaleiro through injury.
Vagner Love is set to start and the Brazilian will get support from Thomas Lemar and Helder Costa down the wings. With Fabinho playing in the midfield, there will be a test at full-back for Andrea Raggi.
Don’t expect a lot of goals, but look forward to an intriguing battle.
Prediction: Caen 1-1 Monaco
Caen (4-1-4-1): Vercoutre – Appiah, Yahia, Da Silva, Bessat – Seube – Rodelin, Leborgne, Feret (c), Bazile – Kouakou
Monaco (4-2-3-1): Subasic – Raggi, Carvalho, Wallace, Echiejile – Fabinho, Toulalan – Lemar, Moutinho, Helder Costa – Vagner Love
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