Preview - Monaco vs Bordeaux 3 March

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Match Day 28
Monaco vs Bordeaux
Saturday, March 3rd, 2018
03:45 (GMT +8)
Stadium: Stade Louis II

Last five matches: D W W W W
Average goals per match: 2.5
Average goals against per match: 1.1
Top Scorer: Radamel Falcao (17)
Last five matches: D L W W W
Average goals per match: 1.2
Average goals against per match: 1.3
Top Scorer: Malcolm ( 8 )

Monaco come into this game after a shocking 3-3 draw with lowly Toulouse last week, which set them back in the hunt for securing second place. The reigning champions had won four straight before last week and seemed to have resurrected their form from last season. Fortunately for them, Marseille played Paris Saint Germain and lost, so they still have a two point lead for the final direct Champions League qualification spot; however, with 11 matches left, Leonardo Jardim will not be comfortable with that.

The Monegasque club have missed their captain and top goal scorer Radamel Falcao. Even if Stefan Jovetic scored a decent return of five goals in 11 games, it is eclipsed by Falcao's 17 goals in 20 matches. Luckily for Jardim, he may be able to count on the Colombian as he appears to have recovered from his injury.

Bordeaux have also recovered from a poor start to the 2017-2018 season; despite taking only one point from their past two matches they sit eighth in the table. Before those two poor results they had won four straight, which vaulted them into the top 10. Bordeaux will be without their top goal scorer Malcolm because of suspension; his absence will be felt.

Prediction: Monaco 2-1 Bordeaux


Mar 03, 2018, 07:32 AM Last Edit: Mar 03, 2018, 07:36 AM by aaguerra90
Half Time: 1:1
Full Time: 2:1
Shots: 16:4
Shots on target: 5:1
Corner Kicks: 7:3
Possession: 54:46

Monaco needed the heroics of Stevan Jovetic and Rony Lopes to achieve a comeback 2-1 victory versus Bordeaux at the Stade Louis II earlier today.

Jovetic almost opened the scoring at the quarter hour mark. Center back Jemerson played a long ball from the half way line into the box. Jovetic did well to shield his defender and have a go at goal with a first time strike but his shot hit the outside of the side netting.

Bordeaux went ahead in the 32nd minute through Valentin Vada. Youssuf Sabaly drove the ball down the right flank and pulled it back towards the penalty spot to an unmarked Vada. The Argentine fired a rocket into the roof of the goal that goalkeeper Danijel Subasic didn't react to until it was too late.

The hosts had a golden opportunity to tie the match only two minutes later. Djibril Sidibe split the defense with a beautiful through ball that left Thomas Lemar one on one with the goalkeeper. Lemar attempted to finish with the outside of his foot but somehow missed the target.

Lemar and Jovetic would make up for their previous misses when both linked up to get the Monaco equalizer. Fabinho dispossessed a Bordeaux player near midfield and passed to Lemar. The French youngster was quick with a pass between the center backs to a sprinting Jovetic. The striker from Montenegro slotted the ball into the net with a side footed shot to the near post.

Rony Lopes scored the winner in the 69th minute. Sidibe turned provider again, this time he found Lopes near the six yard box. The Portuguese starlet rifled a shot high and to the back post that surprised goalkeeper Benoit Costil.

Lopes' fantastic play and crucial goals are making Monaco fans forget compatriot Bernardo Silva, who left for Manchester City in the summer. His current form may even win him a call to Portugal's squad for the upcoming World Cup.

The result helps Monaco maintain possession of second place, putting five points between Marseille and themselves. While Bordeaux remain in mid table, not challenging for European football for next season but in no threat of being relegated to Ligue 2 either.

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