Preview - Monaco vs PSG 12 November 18

Started by Harry85, Nov 11, 2018, 07:30 PM

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Match Day 13
Monaco vs PSG
Monday, November 12th, 2018
04:00am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Stade Louis II

Last five matches form: L L L D L
Average goals per match: 1.00
Average goals against per match: 1.50
Top Scorer: Radamel Falcao (4)

Last five matches form: W W W W W
Average goals per match: 3.42
Average goals against per match: 0.58
Top Scorer: Kylian Mbappé (11)

The Thierry Henry reign at Monaco continues this weekend as the French legend bids to pick up his first win since taking charge. It will be a major surprise should he manage to pull it off though as it is PSG who are the visitors to the Stade Louis II.

PSG won this game 2-1 last season, in addition to smashing Monaco 7-1 in the reverse fixture, and knocking them out of both cup competitions.

Any slim chance Monaco did have here has surely been decimated by what is turning into a catastrophic list of injured and suspended players. Aleksandr Golovin, Adama Traoré, Danijel Subasic, Pietro Pellegri, Rony Lopes, Kevin N'Doram and Jeun Eudes Aholou are all set to miss this one through injury. Andrea Raggi and Youri Tielemens are both suspended. Layvin Kurzawa is the only PSG player to have been definitely ruled out at this stage.

Monaco have now failed to in any of their past 15 games in all competitions.

PSG have lost just once in eighteen in all competitions and have won their last 12 on the spin in Ligue 1.

In terms of the form of the sides, injury situation, and overall ability, mismatches don't get much bigger than this. Whilst strange things can - and frequently do - happen in football, it would be a major surprise were this to result in anything other than a comfortable away win.

Prediction: Monaco 0 - 4 PSG


Half time: 0 - 2
Full time: 0 - 4
Shots:  10 - 11
Shots on target: 1 - 10
Corner Kicks: 6 - 9
Possession: 45% - 55%

No bookings in this one as referee Ruddy Buquet kept his cards in his pocket throughout.

This looked something of a mismatch on paper and that impression was very much confirmed by events on the pitch as PSG won this with something to spare.

It took the defending champions only four minutes to take the lead. Calamitous defending from Monaco, who simply refused to clear the ball from their own area. Eventually playing the ball straight to the feet of Neymar in the left corner of the eighteen-yard box. The Brazilian drilling the ball across goal for Edinson Cavani to tap in from around a yard.

After eleven minutes the home side were probably already thinking about damage limitation. Neymar weaving his magic in the centre of the park to play in Moussa Diaby in the left channel. Diaby poking the ball into the path of Cavani as the keeper came out to meet him and the Uruguayan finishing into an empty net once again from ten yards. Like the first goal this one was initially chalked off for off-side only to be given upon consultation with VAR. 2-0 at half time.

PSG struck again in the 53rd minute. Diaby slipped in on the left again and playing in a low cross to the far post for Cavani to slot in for his hat-trick.

The fourth came in the 64th minute. Mbappé sent tumbling in the area and Neymar stepping up to convert the penalty kick into the bottom right. 0-4 final score.

That's a perfect 13 wins from 13 games in Ligue 1 for PSG who look to belong in a different league to their rivals at times. They are already 13 clear at the top of the table. It continues to look grim for Monaco who sit second bottom and now four points adrift of safety.

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