Preview - Angers vs Monaco 11 Feb

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Match Day 25
Angers vs Monaco
Sunday, February 11th, 2018
03:00 am (GMT +8)
Stadium: Stade Raymond Kopa

Last five matches: L W L W D
Average goals per match: 1.0
Average goals against per match: 1.4
Top Scorer: Karl Toko Ekambi (11)
Last five matches: W D W D D
Average goals per match: 2.3
Average goals against per match: 1.0
Top Scorer: Radamel Falcao (17)

Monaco knocked off Lyon 3-2 at home last weekend in a classic match. Their hard fought win breathes life into Monaco's season, as they continue to challenge for a finish in the Champions League qualification places with Marseille and Lyon. Marseille currently hold a one point advantage over the Monegasque club, but that is no daunting task for Leonardo Jardim's men.

Angers sit at the opposite end of the table, ahead of Amiens and Lille on goal differential. This match is crucial for Angers, a loss combined with a win by Lille will see them drop into the relegation zone. Angers should be careful, even if they lose they must not concede too many, as goal differential might be a deciding factor in the relegation battle.

Monaco will be without wunderkind Keita Balde, sent off after receiving two yellow cards against Lyon. The winger scored a magnificent goal versus Les Gones. His presence will be felt, but should not have much of an impact in the final result. Monaco are in fine form and Angers aren't exactly firing on all cylinders. They have proven to be a difficult squad to defeat at home, but in the end it should be Radamel Falcao and his men taking all three points back to the Principality.

Prediction: Angers 1-2 Monaco


Half Time: 0-2
Full Time: 0-4
Shots: 10-9
Shots on target: 2-6
Corner Kicks: 4-3
Possession: 45-55

Captain Radamel Falcao didn't participate in this game for Monaco, but he wasn't needed as Monaco comfortably defeated Angers 4-0.

Monaco's opening goal occurred in the 10th minute. Adama Diakhaby sent in a cross from the left. Defender Romain Thomas tried to clear but instead deflected the ball towards goal, catching goalkeeper Ludovic Butelle off guard. The ball caromed off Butelle and went into the goal.

They had a great chance to double their lead in the 17th minute. Joao Moutinho combined with Djibril Sibide, who squared a ball in the box to Rony Lopes but Butelle came out to make the save.

Seydou Sy, in for injured Danijel Subasic, was called into action in the 22nd minute as he came out to claim a cross by Abdoulaye Bamba. The substitute goalkeeper didn't seem nervous to be making a start today.

After an Angers corner was cleared, Monaco went on a counter attack. Adama Diakhaby broke down the right wing, cut inside, and passed the ball to Stevan Jovetic in the box. The Montenegrin cheekily chipped the ball over the onrushing Butelle. What a goal.

Sy was tested again in the 34th minute. Angelo Fulgini took a shot on target but the goalkeeper made the save. Sy made another save near the end of the half. Pierrick Capelle fired a bullet at goal which Sy did well to save but could only parry. Luckily for him Thomas Mangani sent the rebound wide of the target.

Thomas Lemar was substituted in in the 64th minute and immediately made an impact, providing an assist to Jovetic who scored an easy tap in. 3-0 Monaco.

Good link up play led to Monaco's fourth goal in the 70th minute. Djibril Sidibe broke down the right wing and passed to Moutinho who in turn played Youri Tielemans into the box. The Belgian squared the ball across the face of goal and Andrea Raggi met it at the back post to knock it in.

The result means Monaco jump Marseille in the standings, and are now second in Ligue 1. Angers are now flirting with the relegation zone, ahead of Lille only on goal difference and with an extra game played.

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