AS Monaco v Stade de Reims: Ligue 1 Preview – Week 30
Week 30 in Ligue 1 kicks off with Monaco’s position as the second best team in France under threat.
They may be six points ahead of Lyon, but they go into Friday’s fixture with Stade de Reims after drawing the last two games and les Gones racing up behind them.
The away side will provide an unpredictable challenge at the Stade Louis II on Friday: three wins from their last six games shows they are capable of beating clubs like Bordeaux 4-1, but can also look toothless on their travels, as against Lille.
Olivier Guegan’s team are just two points above the relegation zone and are almost being saved by the form of Guingamp and Gazelec behind them. As clubs begin trying to scramble for safety, any points now could be crucial.
Their away form is far from impressive, scoring just 12 goals, winning three times and just once in their last six. Monaco have the fourth best record at home, but they have been held to five draws from their 14 fixtures on the French Riviera, giving Reims hope.
The club from the Champagne region will look to their three-pronged attack of Nicolas De Preville, Gaetan Charbonnier and Thievy Bifouma to threaten the Monegasque back line, but their back three, supported by a midfield duo of Jaba Kankava and Aly Ndom could be exposed by Joao Moutinho and Thomas Lemar.
Antoine Devaux is suspended, with Grejohn Kyei and Prince Oniangue missing through injury – three key players. There are no new injuries for the home side, with Nabil Dirar still suspended and Mario Pasalic, Adama Traore and Fabio Coentrao all injured. Jardim could start with Guido Carillo and Bernardo Silva in attack, with Vagner Love on the bench.
Prediction: Monaco 2-0 Reims
Monaco (4-2-3-1): Subasic – Fabinho, Wallace, Carvalho, Echiejile – Toulalan, Moutinho – Silva, Lemar, Costa – Carrillo
Reims (3-4-3): Carrasso – Conte, Mandi, El-Kaoutari – Traoré, Kankava, Ndom, Signorino – Bifouma, Charbonnier, De Preville