Monaco vs Bordeaux by Neuro
Monaco continued with a good form coming from a 2:0 victory in French Cup game away to Nimes last weekend. They actually used couple of substitute players as well, taking a fully professional victory with their qualifying to the next stage never being in doubt. Silva brought them into the lead in 33rd minute, while the victory was sealed in the last moments with a goal from Germain in fifth minute of additional time.
This was their seventh consecutive victory in all competitions (counting a victory on penalty kicks in Cup against Lyon last month), as the team continues to perform well despite all the negativity around the club. They base their solid performances on a great defense who is rarely making any mistake. Only one goal they conceded in these seven matches, in extra time against Lyon in already mentioned match. With four consecutive victories in Ligue 1 and Champions League position being so close again, there is no other target for them but to get a victory here. Home side won't count at central defender Aymen Abdennour (10/1) and forward Lacina Traore (8/1) both being away on international duty. Dimitar Berbatov resumed training couple of days ago and is set to start here from the first minute. Defensive midfielder Geoffrey Kondogbia (14/1) and offensive midfielder Yannick Ferreira-Carrasco (15/4) are still bothering with injuries, however second one has some chances to play here.
Bordeaux managed to get a qualification to the next stage of French Cup over struggling Toulouse in quite a professional way without getting into much problems during the game. Toure scored both goals, each in a halftime, while the visitors only reduced the deficit near the end of the full match.
As for the league, Bordeaux comes from two straight defeats, against Nantes away from home 2:1 and in most recent one, 0:5 home defeat against Lyon three weeks ago. They were outplayed even before staying with a man less in 65th minute, but no doubt that that fact had a lot to do with the final humiliation as three goals were scored in last eight minutes. Striker Cheick Diabate (15/8) will miss in next couple of months due nasty knee injury and the club has already started looking for replacement at transfer window. First choice goalkeeper Cedric Carrasso (18/0) is questionable, same as offensive midfielder Nicolas Maurice-Belay (15/1) and central defender Tiago Ilori (4/1). Five players are also absent for the visitors being a part of African Cup of Nations: central defender Lamine Sane (12/0) and midfielders, Wahbi Khazri (16/5), Henri Saivet (3/0), Abdou Traore (9/0) and Andre Biyogo Poko (7/0).
Monaco is not playing always beautiful football, but they are getting all the victories recently. Once again, it's expected that they don't concede while there is no doubt that they have enough offensive quality in order to score a goal or two against weakened visitors that anyway don't perform that well on the road.