Monaco vs Toulouse by Lucien
Monaco had one of the toughest matches away from home last weekend in Ligue 1, but managed to walk away with a 1:2 victory on the road against Lyon on Sunday evening. They were better in the first halftime and took control over the game, scoring two goals, via Falcao in 36th minute and Mbappe in 44th minute.
Even though Tousart reduced the deficit in 51st minute, players of Monaco stood well in the defense and their victory wasn't jeopardized. The side continues to be leveled up with second placed PSG, but also having played a game less that gives them extra advantage, but the side still remains in must win situation here. During the midweek, they completely sacrificed Coupe de France semi-finals game against PSG which they lost with 5:0, in order to keep the players fresh for Champions League and Ligue 1 duties.
Monaco will be playing here with close to their best starting eleven, as they should start in 4-4-2 formation using Mbappe and Falcao as forwards. Offensive midfielder Boschilia (11/6) is injured, same as forward Guido Carrillo (17/7) and right back Djibril Sidibe (25/2). Questionable are left back Benjamin Mendy and right back Almamy Traore.
Toulouse, on the other side, comes from third consecutive match without a victory, since the team took only a point in a 1:1 draw in front of own fans against Nice last weekend. Even though it was just a draw, it came against probably third strongest side this season in Ligue 1 and can be considered as a fine outcome.
However, must be said that the visiting side had much more of the ball possession and they are the only ones to blame for making a setback here, since the team could have looked more concrete with the ball to their feet. Instead of it, Toulouse took the lead in via Jean in 56th, while the guests increased tempo since then, leveling up three minutes later via Eysseric, but without reverting the scoreline completely. Toulouse is eleventh now, without much of competitive motive, since they have ten points more than relegating worried Dijon.
Visitors are set to play in 4-2-3-1 formation, using Delort as striker, plus Jean, Trejo and Braithwaite as offensive midfielders. Central defender Yrondu Musavu-King (3/0), midfielder Jean-Daniel Akpa-Akpro (2/0) and forward Odsonne Edouard (16/1) won't be playing here. Doubtful are defensive midfielder Yann Bodiger (28/1) and midfielder Clement Michelin (8/0).
- Monaco have won their last 7 home matches (Ligue 1).
- Monaco are undefeated in their last 6 home matches against Toulouse.
Toulouse was lucky last weekend, but I don't see them being anywhere close lucky this time. Monaco used their Coupe game against PSG in order to rest most of their players and now fully fresh, they should record and easy victory in their title race this time out.