Preview - Monaco vs Nîmes 25 August 19

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Match Day 3
Monaco vs. Nîmes
Sunday, August 25th 2019
22:00pm (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Stade Louis II

Last five matches form: L W L L L
Average goals per match (18/19): 1.00
Average goals against per match (18/19): 1.50
Top Scorer (18/19): Radamel Falcao (15)

Last five matches form: W D L L L
Average goals per match (18/19): 1.50
Average goals against per match (18/19): 1.53
Top Scorer (18/19): Renaud Ripart ( 8 )

It's an early bum-fight at the Stade Luis II on Match Day 3 in Ligue on as winless Monaco take on an equally pointless Nîmes outfit.

Nîmes just about held the edge in this fixture last season, holding Monaco to a 1-1 draw here at the Louis II, and winning 1-0 at home.

Ill-discipline has already reared it's ugly head for Monaco this season. Cesc Fábregas and Ruben Aguilar are both suspended for this one, whilst Willem Geubbels, Daniel Subasic, Stevan Jovetic and Benjamin Henrichs are all out injured. In terms of absentees, this is starting to look a bit like last season already.

Nîmes will be affected by suspensions too, with both Anthony Briancon and Pablo Martinez serving a ban. Clement Depres is out injured.

It looks like anyone hoping for an improvement in Monaco's fortunes are going to have to wait a little longer. Two Ligue 1 games so far have yielded two defeats, two red cards, six goals conceded and none scored.

Nîmes lost their opener at PSG as expected but will have been more disappointed to lose to Nice at home. In truth they were extremely unfortunate not to win that game, generally dominating proceedings and missing a penalty. It was all too much for Briancon and Martinez who were both dismissed in the 98th minute.

It's been difficult to find many positives in Monaco's opening two games. Nîmes have at least shown something but, missing a few key men, may have to settle for a draw on the road.

Prediction: Monaco 1 - 1 Nîmes


Half time: 2 - 0
Full time: 2 - 2
Shots:  16 - 14
Shots on target: 6 - 4
Corner Kicks: 6 - 7
Possession: 46% - 54%

Islam Slimani and Wissam Ben Yedder were booked for the home side in this one, with referee Amaury Delerue also taking the name of Sidy Sarr of Nîmes. The key moment of the game from a disciplinary perspective though - and perhaps the key moment in terms of the eventual result - came when Jemerson of Monaco was shown a straight red card in the 55th minute, with his side two goals to the good at the time.

It was all going pretty well for Monaco too. The opening period of the game was a time of few clear cut chanced in truth, but what opportunities there were, were falling to the hosts. Seven minutes before the break we were still locked at 0-0, but by half-time Monaco would be in a relatively comfortable position.

The first goal came in the 39th minute. Henry Onyekuru found in the left of the eighteen-yard box and playing the ball to debutant Islam Slimani. The Algerian taking a touch across the box heading towards the penalty spot before finishing back into the bottom left, with the keeper seemingly wrongfooted.

Then in the first minute of added on time at the end of the opening 45, the hosts made it two. Good patience from Monaco, working the ball from left to right across the area and then back into the centre where Gelson Martins fired on goal. Paul Bernardoni made the save but Wissam Ben Yedder was quickest to the rebound to slot home from six yards out to the right. 2-0 at the break.

Then came Jemerson's red for a mistimed and dangerous challenge on Romain Philippoteaux. Initially shown yellow, the punishment was upgraded to a red upon consultation with VAR.

Nîmes then halved the deficit twenty minutes from time. Zinedine Ferhat crossing from the right and Philippoteaux having time to chest the ball down on the edge of the six-yard box and stab home past the outrushing keeper.

Eight minutes from time we were back on level terms. Ferhat the creator again, this time bursting at pace down the right and into the area before playing in a wicked low cross. Kevin Denkey the man arriving to finish into the empty net from a couple of yards out towards the back post. 

2-2 final score.

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