Nancy vs Monaco by Lucien
Nancy didn't look that poor away from home against Metz last Saturday evening, but the team still didn't manage to walk away with something on that they, leaving the field with a 2:1 defeat. Home side was better and more concrete in the first halftime, taking the lead in 28th via Sarr, while Maouassa leveled up in 41st minute.
Second halftime was even more open, with the visitors having much more of the ball possession, but the chances were equal - still the hosts were the ones who took a three pointer thanks to a goal from Nguette in 53rd, without visiting side replying further. After this defeat, Nancy remained inside the relegation zone, having just a point less than safely placed Dijon and remains in a must win situation.
Nancy should be playing in 4-3-3 formation, using Maouassa, Dale and Dia as forwards. Midfielders Serge N'GUessan and Alou Diarra are both doubtful for this one, while injured remain left back Vincent Muratori (17/0), midfielder Youssef Ait Bennasser (24/3) and forward Anthony Koura (14/1).
Monaco didn't have many problems winning over Toulouse 3:1 in front of own fans last Saturday evening, but the team still needed to up their performance in order to improve and seal the victory. They were better in the first halftime, however ending it without goals, while the players of Toulouse took the lead in 46th surprisingly via Toivonen, however respond of the home side was great in next thirty minutes.
Glik, Mbappe and Lemar scored a goal each for their victory, as the side continues to lead the title battle, now with great chances to win the race, since PSG lost previous round game to Nancy, so Monaco has three points more and a game less played, making their chances perfect this time.
Monaco should continue in their typical 4-4-2 formation, with probably Germain and Cardona as forwards. Offensive Guido Carrillo is back in training, but probably will not be playing here, at least not starting. Offensive midfielder Boschilia (11/6) remains injured, while doubtful are right back Almamy Traore and left back Benjamin Mendy. Some further rotation is possible with one eye having set on their second leg game against Juventus in Champions League.
- Monaco have won their last 8 matches (Ligue 1).
Monaco probably isn't with the best morale after their defeat at home against Juventus, however the team needs to get a victory here in order to stay with Ligue 1 chances. Knowing that Monaco scores with ease in Ligue 1, but also that Nancy needs to attack, away victory and at least three goals scored seems like such a logical bet here.