|France Ligue 1 2013-14|
| AS Monaco
||vs|| OGC Nice
ScheduleSunday, 20 April 2014 at 12:00 GMT / 13:00 UK / 17:30 IST
VenueStade Louis II (Monaco)
Next Sunday, a motivated Monaco side will entertain Nice at Stade Louis II for round 34 of the French Ligue 1 on a match where the home side will have everything within their favour to extend their two game winning streak.
After their defeat against Évian three weeks ago, Monaco managed to bounce back to grab two consecutive wins on the last respective matches. Last weekend, Monaco obtained a vital win against a complicated opponent,such as Stade Rennais, thus managing to delay PSG’s title celebrations yet another week while keeping Lille, their closest contenders on Ligue 1 table, at bay.
Despite some inconsistent performances, Claudio Ranieri’s side has been having a good season with just four defeats in thirty-three matches.
Next Sunday’s match against Nice will be important for the Monegasque side to cement their position at the table, right behind PSG that will, sooner or later, be coronated as Ligue 1 champions this season. Monaco has only lost one home match so far this season (against Valenciennes on round 19), and they should not be faced with very strong opposition from a fragile Nice side next Sunday.
For the clash against Nice, Monaco’s experienced Italian manager will still not be able to count on the Colombian sharpshooter Radamel Falcao and on the Dutch forward Nacer Barazite, both sidelined due to the injury.
As for Nice, next Sunday’s clash might also be important if they want to try to climb a few places on the table. With two defeats and two draws on the last four matches, Les Aiglons are certainly not enjoying the best of times at Ligue 1. The talented French head coach Claude Puel had a difficult time this season to put together a consistent team and on the last ten matches Nice has suffered six defeats.
Last weekend, Nice sucumbed at home against Lorient and dropped several positions at the table. Nice are currently on 13th place of the table and a defeat at Stade Louis II next Sunday could mean that they will sink even deeper.
For next Sunday’s match, Claude Puel will probably still not be able to count on the Argentinean forward Dario Cvitanich, on the Serbian defender Nemanja Pejcinovic, and on the Malian midfielder Mahamane Traoré, due to injury.
When both teams met at Allianz Riviera Stadium last December, Monaco hammered the home side by 3-0 with goals from Emmanuel Riviere, James Rodríguez and Lucas Ocampos.
Stats: W-20 L-4 D-9
Recent Form - WDLWW
Stats: W-11 L-16 D-6
Recent Form - WDLDL
Monaco (4-4-2) - Subasic - Fabinho - R. Carvalho - Abidal - Raggi - Toulalan - J. Moutinho - Obbadi - J. Rodríguez - Berbatov - Riviere
Nice (4-4-2) - Ospina - Puel - Kolodziejczak - Bodmer - Genevois - Abriel - Eysseric - Mendy - Bauthéac - Pied - Maupay
Prediction: Monaco 2 Nice 0
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