In Ligue 1, AS Monaco 5th place with 39 points receives at home Stade Reims 8th place with 37 points, in the 27th round on Saturday 29 February starting from 9.00 pm (Romanian time) at Stade Louis II, match refereed by Ben Elhadj Salem Hakim and broadcasted live by beIN Sport s 6.
After a hesitant and even worrying first part of the season, AS Monaco is back on track and now in the top five teams of the league, with 39 points and 5 behind the podium. Robert Moreno's players won against Angers (1-0), Amiens (1-2) and Montpellier (1-0), before setting up a draw last week at Dijon's ground. Monaco remains without Pellegri and Sy injured, while Portuguese Gelson Martins is still suspended. In return, Russian international Golovin will be back after suspension.
For its part, Reims confirms his good intentions of last year and is even an outsider for a European place at the end of the season. Champenois have only two points less than their host tomorrow night and are eighth in the standings. On the other hand, they have been too early in recent weeks, with a big defeat in Strasbourg (3-0), before winning against Rennes (1-0). In the last match David Guion's team scored a point away from Saint-Etienne (1-1). Reims will present herself without important players, Zeneli, Cafaro and Sierhuis remain stuck in the infirmary.
There was no winner in the first round match (0-0), but Monaco won in the Coupe de France in January (2-1). Monaco has the second best attack (42 goals scored) and 16th defence (41 goals conceded) in Ligue 1 and Reims has the best defense in France, with only 20 goals conceded.
Monaco could face difficulties against the best defense in France, but eventually managed to win by a tight score.
Probable team AS Monaco (4-3-1-2):
Lecomte – Ballo-Touré, Maripan, Glik, Henrichs – Fofana, Bakayoko, Silva – Jovetic - Ben Yedder, Slimani
Coach: Robert Moreno González
Subs : Subasic, Keita, Zagre, Fabregas, Marcelin, Badiashile, Golovin
Absents: Pellegri, Seydou Sy, Geubbels (accidenta?i), Gelson Martins (suspendat)
Probable team Stade Reims (4-3-3):
Rajkovic –Konan, Abdelhamid, Disasi, Foket - Chavalerin, Cassana, Romao – Doumbia, Dia, Kutesa
Coach: David Guion
Subs: Lemaitre, Kamara, Nkada, Cassama, Maresic, Mbuku, Suk Hyun Jun
Absents: Sierhuis K., Mathieu Cafaro , Nolan Mbemba (accidenta?i)