In this exciting Ligue 1 showdown, Monaco hosts Nice, promising an intense clash on the pitch. Both teams come into this match with impressive statistics, making it a fixture to watch out for. Let’s dive into the details.
Monaco’s Season So Far
Monaco has been in fine form, with 8 saves and a save rate of 60.0% for the season. Their goal differential stands at +8, thanks to 15 goals scored and 7 conceded. The team has been averaging 2.20 points per match, amassing a total of 11 points in the league. Their performance is also reflected in their top-ranking position for assists, with 11 to their name. In terms of expected goals (xG), they rank 4th with 9.2, while their expected goals against (xGA) is 4.8. Discipline-wise, Monaco has received 13 yellow cards this season.
Nice’s Season Overview
Nice, on the other hand, enters this match with an average of 1.8 points per fixture and 5 assists. Their solid defensive record is evident with a shutout percentage of 40.0% this year, complemented by 12 yellow card warnings. Nice ranks 5th in goals conceded, with only 4, and maintains a goal difference of +3. They’ve demonstrated a save rate of 63.6% (11 shots on target against), and they’re currently ranked 4th in Ligue 1 with 9 points. Their goals against per 90 minutes is 0.80, and they’ve recorded 2 clean sheets.
Key Players to Watch
Monaco boasts players like Wissam Ben Yedder, who has provided 57 assists during his career and has 187 goals to his name in over 27,000 minutes played. For Nice, Terem Moffi is a player the opposition often plans for, having scored 48 goals in his career, averaging 0.51 goals per 90 minutes. Both Ben Yedder and Terem Moffi play in a similar poistion. Moffi is currently being linked to various teams and will be looking to shine.
Monaco’s recent matches have been high-scoring affairs, with a total of 25 goals in their last 6 games, averaging 4.17 goals per game. Out of these, 16 goals were scored by Monaco. In contrast, Nice has been unbeaten in their last 3 away league matches.
Looking at their recent head-to-head meetings, Monaco has won 4 of the last 6 games against Nice, while Nice secured victory in one match. These encounters have witnessed a total of 14 goals, with Monaco scoring 8 and Nice scoring 6. The most recent league game between them ended with Nice defeating Monaco 3-0.
Monaco will be without players such as Breel Embolo, Mohammed Salisu, Edan Diop, and Eliesse Ben Seghir due to injuries. We can expect Monaco to employ a 3-4-2-1 system for this game.
Nice is expected to utilize a 4-3-3 lineup, with Marcin Bulka in goal and notable players like Terem Moffi and Gaëtan Laborde leading the attack.
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