2 European-chasing sides neck-and-neck in the Ligue 1 table will lock horns at the Stade Louis II on Saturday night as Monaco play host to Angers.

Both groups got essential success on Wednesday, with the hosts surging Lorient 5-2 while Angers claimed a shock win at the home of title hopefuls Lille.

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Lorient were on course to take a point from their clash with Monaco after a hotly-contested very first half, and the 2 sides might not be separated heading into the break following objectives from Axel Disasi and Terem Moffi.

However, Jonathan Delaplace’s sending off within 3 minutes of the restart enabled the floodgates to open, and Monaco capitalized with a flurry of second-half goals to start 2021 in ideal style.

It has actually been a long road back for Aleksandr Golovin after a lengthy spell on the sidelines with a hamstring problem, but the Russian playmaker came off the bench to provide Monaco the lead within 10 seconds of being presented – the fastest objective by a replacement in Ligue 1 because October 2007.

Kevin Volland, Sofiane Diop and Guillermo Maripan rounded off the scoring as Niko Kovac’s guys ultimately recorded a comfy victory over the strugglers, and just one point separates Monaco from fifth-placed Marseille, although Les Olympiens do have two games in hand.

Monaco’s powerful attack already boasts 33 objectives for the season – a tally which is just bettered by Lyon and Paris Saint-Germain – however Angers are not to be ignored and will be determined to extend Monaco’s winless operate on home soil to 3 matches this weekend.

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Stephane Moulin has actually moved Angers into European contention over the previous couple of weeks, and Saturday’s visitors displayed their top-six qualifications with a memorable 2-1 win at Lille in their first component of 2021.

A first-half brace from a not likely source in Romain Thomas sufficed for Les Scoistes at the Stade Pierre-Mauroy, although Lille did threaten a resurgence as Burak Yilmaz netted on the stroke of half time, however Angers held on for another remarkable victory.

Moulin’s guys had actually beaten Marseille by the same scoreline in their goodbye to 2020, and with a decent record of 4 wins from their last 7 in Ligue 1, Angers are strongly in the discussion for an area in the Europa League.

Les Scoistes and their challengers Monaco boast a similar record of 9 wins, 3 draws and 6 losses from their opening 18 matches, but Angers are infamously strong on the roadway – only Lyon boast a much better record on unfamiliar territory this season – and Moulin’s men will be intending to extend their unbeaten away record to 7 matches this weekend.

A Stevan Jovetic header sufficed for Monaco to dominate in this fixture last season, and Angers have actually just selected up a singular win from their last 8 matches with Les Monegasques.

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Monaco will invite Eliot Matazo back from suspension for this tie, but it is difficult to see the 18-year-old forcing his method into the starting lineup here.

Benjamin Lecomte did not make the cut versus Lorient but could effectively make his return here, while Cesc Fabregas is still sidelined with a groin issue.

Kovac may not wish to risk Golovin from the very first whistle right now regardless of his instant effect in midweek, however Diop and Maripan also came off the bench to score on Wednesday and might be rewarded with starting roles here.

Angers left-back Souleyman Doumbia is back from suspension for this one, but Vincent Manceau need to maintain his spot in defence again.

Certainly, it would be a surprise to see any member of the visitors’ beginning XI drop out after their win at Lille, although Stephane Bahoken might be in line for a recall up top.

Monaco possible beginning lineup:

Lecomte; Aguilar, Maripan, Badiashile, Henrique; Martins, Fofana, Tchouameni, Diop; Ben Yedder, Volland

Angers possible beginning lineup:

Bernardoni; Bamba, Thomas, Traore, Manceau; Mangani, Coulibaly; Capelle, Fulgini, Lage; Bahoken

We say: Monaco 2-2 Angers

Angers revealed no indications of trepidation versus Marseille or Lille, and a 3rd succeeding fixture versus a fellow European hopeful makes sure to be a real test of their guts. Monaco can not manage to underestimate the high-flying visitors, and the scoreline in their clash with Lorient might have been wholly various had Les Merlus not gone down to 10, so we can see Angers extending their unbeaten away streak with a closely-fought draw this weekend.

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