Preview - Monaco vs Marseille 03 September 18

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Match Day 4
Monaco vs Marseille
Monday, September 3rd, 2018
04:00am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Stade Louis II

Last five matches form: W W W D L
Average goals per match 17/18: 2.24
Average goals against per match 17/18: 1.18
Top Scorer 17/18: Radamel Falcao (18)
Last five matches form: D W W L D
Average goals per match 17/18: 2.11
Average goals against per match 17/18: 1.24
Top Scorer 17/18: Florian Thauvin (22)

No doubt about the most attractive game on paper in Ligue 1 this weekend. It comes at the Stade Louis II and what promises to be an entertaining heavyweight clash between Monaco and Marseille. Second and fourth respectively in Ligue 1 last season, the two sides have stumbled out of the traps a little this year and will be keen to build a little momentum here.

Monaco began the season impressively enough with a 3-1 win at Nantes, but stumbled with a goalless draw at home to Lille before surprisingly losing at Bordeaux last weekend.

Its been a similar story for Marseille. Thrashing Toulouse in their opener then they then slumped to defeat away at Nimes before drawing at home to Rennes.

Monaco would certainly take a repeat of their performance in this game last season as they completely destroyed Marseille to run out 6-1 winners. That was their fifth win in succession at home to Marseille.

Aleksandr Golovin, Danijel Subasic and Ronael Pierre Golovin miss out for the home side.

Rolando is out for Marseille, as is keeper Steve Mandanda. Back up keeper Yohann Pelé looked shaky to say the least last weekend, which is particularly worrying ahead of a game in which he is likely to be put under significant pressure.

Neither of these sides are exactly flying ahead of this. Monaco though have perhaps marginally the fewer issues and with home advantage they may prevail.

Prediction: Monaco 4 - 2 Marseille


Half time: 0 - 1
Full time: 2 - 3
Shots:  6 - 13
Shots on target: 3 - 6
Corner Kicks: 1 - 5
Possession: 48% - 52%

One booking apiece at the Stade Luis II. Referee Benoit Millot taking the names of Monaco's Kamil Glik and Marseille's Jordan Amavi.

In terms of European action this weekend this always looked to have the potential to be one of the most entertaining encounters, and it certainly didn't disappoint.

Marseille started the better of the two sides and had a golden early chance to take the lead. Kostas Mitroglou being found with a cross over the top in the area but only able to volley against the legs of Diego Benaglio.

Marseille would have been unlucky not to take a lead into the break, and they finally scored in the first minute of first half stoppage time. Picture perfect cross from Dmitri Payet on the right to find Mitroglou in the box. Smart header from the big man to beat the keeper into the right hand side.

It took Monaco just three minutes to level matters in the second half. Played through on goal Radamel Falcao saw his effort blocked. The ball fell kindly to the following in Youri Tielemans though to dispatch into the left corner.

Just five minutes later the home side had turned the game on its head. Adil Rami managing to get in the way of a low cross from the right, but only diverting the ball into the path of Falcao who wasn't about to miss from six yards, and didn't.

The equaliser came in the 74th minute. Hiroki Sakai racing down the right-hand side before cutting the ball back into the path of Florian Thauvin arriving to the right in the eighteen-yard box. First time finish from Thauvin low and under the keeper.

Then in the 89th minute Thauvin turned provider. Swinging in a corner from the left to find Valere Germain cutting in front of his markers towards the near post. Excellent header from Germain, low and into the bottom left corner. 2-3 final score.

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