Preview - Monaco vs Amiens 19 May 19

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Match Day 37
Monaco vs. Amiens
Sunday, May 19th 2019
04:00am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Stade Luis II

Last five matches form: D L D L L
Average goals per match: 1.00
Average goals against per match: 1.53
Top Scorer: Radamel Falcao (14)

Last five matches form: D L D D D
Average goals per match: 0.81
Average goals against per match: 1.36
Top Scorer: Moussa Konaté (7)

It couldn't really happen could it? It was only a couple of seasons ago that one of the traditional giants of the French game, Monaco, were winning the Ligue 1 title. To say that the wheels have come off this season is something of an understatement. With only two games left to play, they are only being kept out of the bottom three by virtue of goal difference and are in very real danger of relegation. Next up for Monaco it's this home game with fifth bottom Amiens who - only two points clear of the drop zone -aren't out of trouble just yet.

Monaco picked up the points with a 2-0 win in the reverse of this fixture. The game here last season ended in a goalless draw.

Danijel Subasic, Stvan Jovetic, Pietro Pellegri and Jordi Mboula are all out injured for the home side. No confirmed absentees at present for Amiens.

Monaco's home form is perhaps they key reason why they find themselves in the position they are in. With no wins in their last four here, and only three all season, they badly need to pick up a rare three points in this one.

Amiens meanwhile seem to have adopted the strategy of drawing their way to safety. A dangerous tactic, but one which is just about keeping their heads above water. They have now drawn an incredible eight of their last ten in the league, including four draws in their last five on the road.

This is mightily tough to call. Amiens did manage to pick up a point at Montpellier last time out though, and they may just do so yet again here.

Prediction: Monaco 1 - 1 Amiens


Half time: 1 - 0
Full time: 2 - 0
Shots:  9 - 9
Shots on target: 3 - 3
Corner Kicks: 4 - 5
Possession: 41% - 59%

Carlos Vinicius, Jemerson, Radamel Falco, Adrien Silva and Cesc Fabregas were all boked for the home side, with referee Clement Turpin also taking the name of Khaled Adenon of Amiens.

Both sides desperately needed something from this game and it certainly showed in what was a very evenly contested encounter. This came down to which side was able to make the most of their chances in those crucial moments, and in a game which really could have gone either way it was Monaco who came out on top.

The opening goal arrived in the 26th minute. Aleksandr Golovin swinging in a corner from the left and Radamel Falcao rising highest at the far post. Amiens keeper Redis Gurtner making a real mess of making the save and only bundling the ball in towards the right hand upright. 1-0 at the break.

Monaco finally made sure of the points when hitting Amiens on the break in the 83rd minute. Excellent pace and drive from Golovin on the halfway line, powering forward all the way into the right hand side of the area and firing home low into the bottom left corner. Relief all round for the home fans. 2-0 final score at the Stade Luis II.

Simply huge win for Monaco this one. With Caen being thumped at Lyon, they may be only three points clear of that rival with a game still to play, but with a seven better goal difference they can surely begin making plans for next season now. It is Amiens who are the vulnerable side now. They drop to fourth bottom and two points above Caen ahead of the final weekend.

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