Preview - Reims vs Monaco 04 November 18

Started by Harry85, Nov 03, 2018, 03:49 PM

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Match Day 12
Reims vs. Monaco
Sunday, November 4th 2018
03:00am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Stade Auguste-Delaune

Last five matches form: L D D D W
Average goals per match: 0.64
Average goals against per match: 0.91
Top Scorer: Pablo Chavarría & Rémi Oudin (2)

Last five matches form: L L L L D
Average goals per match: 1.09
Average goals against per match: 1.55
Top Scorer: Radamel Falcao (4)

Thierry Henry has been the man entrusted with extricating Monaco from their current dire predicament and is fully expected to do so. He is still seeking his first win since taking charge though, with two draws and a defeat from his three games in charge. Next up its this trip to newly promoted mid-table Reims.

There's a large disparity here when it comes to the list of unavailable players for each side. Reims have a fully fit squad from which to select. Monaco aren't so fortunate with Jean Eudes Aholou, Rony Lopes, Pietro Pellegrini, Radamel Falcao, Kevin N'Doram and Danijel Subasic all out injured and Andrea Raggi suspended.

On the bare form Monaco would appear to have a good chance of at least avoiding defeat in this one. Whether they will be able to carve out a win against defensively minded Reims may be another matter though, particularly without top scorer Radamel Falcao. Reims have won just one of their past nine in Ligue 1, but have drawn five times over this period, including no fewer than four goalless draws.

Monaco won on the opening day of the season, but have failed to win in ten games since. The fact they conceded twice at home against lowly Dijon is a little concerning and we feel they may slip to a narrow defeat in this one.

Prediction: Reims 1 - 0 Monaco


Half time: 1 - 0
Full time: 1 - 0
Shots:  8 - 3
Shots on target: 4 - 1
Corner Kicks: 2 - 4
Possession: 32% - 68%

We had two sent off in this one, one for each side. Alaixys Romao of Reims being shown a straight red in the 49th minute and Pele being sent off for a second bookable offence in the 71st minute. Samuel Grandsir of Monaco was also booked by referee Hakim Ben el Salem Hadj.

The wait goes on for Thierry Henry for his first win since taking charge at Monaco, and in some ways this may well have been the most disappointing performance he has presided over yet. Having a man advantage for a period and thoroughly dominating possession of the ball, the fact that they were still only able to muster a solitary shot on target over the course of ninety minutes must be particularly concerning.

It was the home side who grabbed the only goal of the game when taking the lead after 24 minutes. Having dominated the early proceedings, it was no more than they deserved. Mathieu Cafaro found in acres of space racing into the left-hand side of the area. He looked to have drifted just a little wide but opened up his body to finish really well into the top right corner.

Monaco remain second bottom of the table. Four points adrift of safety at present, they are in danger of becoming cut adrift if they aren't able to improve their form sooner rather than later. On the plus side they do have a number of key men due to come back from injury.

Solid win for Reims who defended resolutely once they were a man down and never really looked like conceding. They move up to eighth spot in the standings.

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