Monaco will try to defy the odds and stop Paris Saint-Germain in their tracks when Niko Kovac’s men play host to the defending champions in Friday’s Ligue 1 encounter as club football returns.
Ligue 1 2020/21 season
Date: Friday November, 20th
Kick-off: 20:00 pm
Venue: Stade Louis II
Monaco’s non-descript run of results ended as Halloween passed, with Kovac steering his side to two victories on the bounce after failing to win at all in the month of October.
The principality club overcame Bordeaux with ruthless ease earlier this month, hitting them for four, while they made it two wins from two before the international break when they beat Nice 2-1 away from home last time out.
PSG on their part, have certainly put their below-par start to the season behind them and are back where they belong at the top of the Ligue 1 table.
Thus, Thomas Tuchel’s side have
opened up a five-point gap between themselves and second-placed Lille, who have endured a woeful run of results as of late, with the Parisians showing no signs of slowing down despite having to contend with a plethora of injuries.
However despite the extensive injury worries on both fronts, punters will hope to rake in the fortunes from the goals market. With an average of 5.4 match goals seen per game across the last five Ligue 1 games between these two sides, this clash has the trappings of a high-scoring affair.
Ruben Aguilar is suspended and thus, misses out for Monaco.
Wissam Ben Yedder returned a positive coronavirus test during the break and is a doubt while Aleksandr Golovin remains unavailable due to a hamstring problem.
Benjamin Lecomte is still recovering from a broken hand and is not available for selection.
PSG have a very slim list for this game with all of Moise Kean, Pablo Sarabia, Mauro Icardi, Idrissa Gueye and Julian Draxler all sidelined, while Marco Verratti is rated doubtful.
Head to Head
In 46 previous competitive meetings between these two sides, PSG have won 18 to Monaco’s 13, with 15 draws playing out between them.
Monaco last five competitive games: LDLWW
PSG last five competitive games: WWWLW
Monaco would have loved to keep it going but for the break, and having raked in two wins in their last two, the momentum was there surely. And now they will have to defy the biggest of odds and beat the defending champions, quite a hard ask if you ask me.
They are a big 17/4 to do that, but that looks even unlikely despite the mouth watering odds. Rather, punters can pick the 4/7 odds for an away win for PSG, a punt which would have paid out in 10 of the last 11 games between these two sides.
Both Teams To Score at 2/5 is also another interesting option to take on the goals market, as has been the case in each of their last three.