On Friday night, reigning Ligue One champions Monaco host Bordeaux at the Stade Louis ll in the French top-flight, as the home side look to consolidate a spot in the Champions League berths.
Leonardo Jardim’s team are currently second place in the Ligue One table. However, the team from the principality are currently 14 points league leaders PSG, so clinching an automatic Champions League spot now looks their target this season.
The home side are unbeaten in 12 Ligue One games, recording eight victories in the process. Jardim’s team have also been prolific in front of goal in recent Ligue One outings, scoring two or more goals in their last seven games.
Monaco have a good recent home record in Ligue one, winning six of their last seven league games on home soil. They have also suffered just one defeat in their last 24 home games in the French top-flight, which unsurprisingly came against league leaders PSG.
Bordeaux are eighth place in the Ligue One table after experiencing a slightly inconsistent campaign in the French top-flight. A win would move the visitors up to sixth in the Ligue One table, though.
Last time out in Ligue One, Guy Poyet’s team drew 0-0 with Nice after they had previously suffered a 1-0 defeat against Marseille. The loss against OM ended a four-game winning run for the visitors in the French top-flight.
The visitor’s recent games in Ligue One have been low scoring, with under 2.5 goals scored in eight of their last ten outings in the French top-flight.
Poyet’s team have lost seven of their last ten away games in Ligue One. However, they have also won three of their last four away games in the French top-flight. Their recent away games in the league have also been low scoring, with under 2.5 goals scored in eight of their last nine games.
I believe that Monaco will strengthen their position in the league’s top-four by recording a victory in a high scoring game.