On Friday, two matches of the 11th round will be played in the French Ligue 1 at once, with the participation of the Champions League representatives. In the second of them, the capital PSG will visit Monaco.
The Monegasques are still only in sixth place in the standings, but are only two points behind the second team of the championship. The October team of Niko Kovacs did not start in the best way, having played in a draw at home with Montpellier (1: 1), and lost to Brest (0: 1) and Lyon (1: 4). But for a break in club football, Monaco went in high spirits, first defeating Bordeaux (4: 0) at home, and then beating Nice (2: 1) away.
The Parisians are now concerned primarily with their position in the Champions League, where they scored only 3 points in three rounds of the group stage, losing in the first match in November to RB Leipzig (1: 2), despite an early goal scored. In the national championship, the team of Thomas Tuchel is confidently leading, breaking away from the nearest pursuer by 5 points. In the last four rounds, PSG have outplayed their opponents dry, defeating Nimes (4: 0) and Nantes (3: 0) on the road, and at home having dealt with Dijon (4: 0) and Rennes (3 : 0).
Statistics and figures:
AS Monaco have won only 2 of their last five and have also lost twice;
Six of AS Monaco’s last eight games have had both To Score;
AS Monaco have an 8-game unbeaten streak at home;
PSG have a 12-game unbeaten streak against AS Monaco (10 wins and 2 draws);
PSG have a 16-game draw-free streak (11 wins and 5 losses);
PSG have an 8-match winning streak in the league, conceding only 1 goal;
PSG have not conceded in four of their last five matches;
PSG have won 5 of their last six away matches, losing only once. All these victories of the Parisians were won dry.
The Parisians, who managed to create a gap in Ligue 1, in the next three weeks will concentrate mainly on the Champions League, where there is a risk of not leaving the group. Many top teams look tired and out of balance after their national team matches. This gives the Monegasques a chance to claim a positive result. At least, we do not expect a confident victory of the guests here.
Forecast: Monaco win with handicap (+1.5)