Preview - Toulouse vs Monaco 25 Feb

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Match Day 27
Toulouse vs Monaco
Sunday, February 25th, 2018
00:00 (GMT +8)
Stadium: Stadium Municipal de Toulouse

Last five matches: D L W W L
Average goals per match: 2.4
Average goals against per match: 1.0
Top Scorer: Max Gradel (6)
Last five matches: W W W W D
Average goals per match: 0.8
Average goals against per match: 1.2
Top Scorer: Radamel Falcao (17)

Reigning champions Monaco visit lowly Toulouse this weekend. The home side is fighting to remain in Ligue 1 for next season, sitting just one point above the relegation zone with 12 games remaining. They did manage a useful draw last weekend against Amiens but, coming at 0-0, it didn't help them solve the offensive woes they have had all season. Toulouse have struggled all year to find goals, scoring just 22 times in 26 Ligue 1 matches. Defeating Troyes and Nice two weeks in a row was a huge boost for Toulouse as they are direct rivals in the relegation battle. Those six points keep them safe for now. Toulouse have upcoming matches with fellow struggling teams like Metz and Strasbourg but also face giants Marseille and Lyon soon. Unfortunate results in all four games could see them in the bottom three again come the end of March.

Monaco are back to playing inspired football, putting together a winning streak of four games in a row. Not taking part in any European competition has allowed them to focus solely on domestic play. Monaco were in danger of failing to qualify for the Champions League after falling out of the top three in December, but are now back in second place.

The Monegasque club will be without captain and striker Radamel Falcao, which will likely affect their effectiveness in front of goal. This, combined with inspired play by Alban Lafont and Max Gardel could lead to Toulouse stealing some points from Monaco.

Prediction: Toulouse 2-2 Monaco


Half Time: 1:0
Full Time: 4:0
Shots: 10:6
Shots on target: 7:5
Corner Kicks: 6:6
Possession: 46:54

Monaco and Toulouse played to a thrilling 3-3 draw that favors the 'Le Tefece' more than 'Les Monegasques'.

The opening goal came in the seventh minute. Keita Balde Diao ran in behind the defense and latched onto a long ball that came from center back Kamil Glik. The Senegal international dribbled around in the box and right when it seemed that a defender had done enough to contain him, he poked the ball to an unmarked Rony Lopes. With only goalkeeper Alban Lafont between him and the goal, Lopes fired a powerful shot that went through Lafont's legs and into the back of the net.

Toulouse found the equalizer in the 23rd minute when good link up play on the left flank between Giannelli Imbula and Issiaga Sylla resulted in a low cross into the box. Glik slid to try to get a foot on the ball and deflect it but was unsuccessful. The ball made its way to the penalty spot, where it was met by Ibrahim Sangare, who fired a rocket down the middle of goal that caught goalkeeper Danijel Subasic wrong footed.

Monaco regained the lead at the start of the second half. Beautiful one touch passing between Joao Moutinho, Thomas Lemar, and Youri Tielemans left Lemar open down the right flank. The Frenchman crossed the ball to Stefan Jovetic in the box. The Montenegrin curved the ball past Lafont but hit the post. Lopes pounced on the rebound and rifled the ball into the roof of the goal.

Toulouse believed to be level again when a corner by Imbulla was powerfully headed into the goal by Yaya Sanogo. However, the referee ruled that Issa Diop had fouled Glik during the play, and the goal was disallowed. Instead, Monaco doubled their lead through Jovetic. He received a ball from Rachid Ghezzal, attempted to chip the goalkeeper but Lafont made the save. The rebound hit Jovetic in the thigh and bounced favorably for him, as he was standing alone with a wide open goal in front of him. Jovetic finished emphatically to make it 3-1.

Monaco thought they had everything settled, until Glik was penalized for pushing Sanogo in the box. Andy Delort stepped up and made it 3-2 from the spot with a blast into the top right corner.

Toulouse would find their much deserved equalizer in the 87th minute. Delort provided a dangerous cross in the box. This time, Sanogo would not be denied as he finished into the bottom right corner.

This may be a very important point for Toulouse. Without it, they would find themselves in the relegation zone. Monaco may see Marseille jump them in the standings if OM defeat PSG tomorrow.

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