Preview - Monaco vs Dijon 17 Feb

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Match Day 26
Monaco vs Dijon
Saturday, February 17th, 2018
03:45 am (GMT +8)
Stadium: Stade Louis II

Last five matches: W W W D L
Average goals per match: 2.4
Average goals against per match: 1.0
Top Scorer: Radamel Falcao (17)
Last five matches: W W L L D
Average goals per match: 1.5
Average goals against per match: 2.0
Top Scorer: Julio Tavares (9)

Defending champions Monaco moved up to second place last week after defeating Angers 4-0. They are currently on a 3 game winning streak and are playing very good football. After enduring a tough first half of the season, they seem to have regained their form in Ligue 1.

Captain Radamel Falcao, possibly out until the end of the month, has scored 17 times for Monaco this year. His absence will be felt but luckily Leaonardo Jardim can count on other players, such as Stefan Jovetic, to find the net. Starting goalkeeper Danijel Subasic and winger Adama Traore will also likely miss this match.

Dijon have won two of their last three matches since being defeated 8-0 by Paris Saint Germain in January. They played a thriller last week, defeating Nice 3-2, which vaulted them to 12th place. Dijon will likely return home empty handed, but with upcoming matches against other mid-to-lower-table teams like Angers, Caen, and Troyes coming up, they will have ample opportunities to earn enough points to further distance themselves from the relegation zone and remain in Ligue 1 for the 2018-2019 season.

Even with three key players likely missing this match, the home side will take all three points.

Prediction: Monaco 2-0 Dijon


Half Time: 1-0
Full Time: 4-0
Shots: 10-8
Shots on target: 5-3
Corner Kicks: 5-5
Possession: 46-54

Monaco made sure they kept their spot in second place after a 4-0 smashing of Dijon. The victory puts them four points ahead of Marseille who play on Sunday.

Monaco had the first opportunity of the match in the second minute through Youri Tielemans, but the Belgian youngster failed to hit the target. They would not wait long for the opener though, as in the 13th minute Keita Balde connected with a cross from Djibril Sibide to score a goal in his first match after suspension.

The Monegasque club pursued the second goal throughout the match and finally found it in the 69th minute. Cedric Yambere brought down Thomas Lemar in the box and the referee did not hesitate to call a penalty kick. Fabinho converted from the spot to make it 2-0.

In the 87th minute Rachid Ghezzal had the opportunity to put his name on the goal sheet but he was denied by a great save by goalkeeper Baptiste Reynet. Unfortunately for Dijon, Reynet gave up a rebound and Rony Lopes was first to it. Lopes blasted the rebound into the net to put the score at 3-0.

Kamil Glik sealed Monaco's victory after punching home a cross by Ghezzal in the 90th minute.

Monaco are now nine points behind Paris Saint Germain. Even though a defense of the Ligue 1 title seems farfetched, Monaco are at least fortifying their position to secure a spot for the Champions League next season.

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