AS Monaco and Olympique Marseille go head to head in the derby game of Ligue 1’s fifth round on Sunday evening.
Strugglers AS Monaco will welcome Olympique Marseille to Stade Louis II tonight at 21:00, looking to finally register their first win in the 2019-20 campaign.
Les Monegasques continued with their poor performances from the end of the last season, noting draws and two defeats so far in the Championship.
They went on the international break as second from behind, with only Dijon having a worse record from the former French champions.
Marseille, on the other hand, picked up their form in the last two rounds, beating St Etienne (1-0) and Nice (2-1). They sit in ninth place, but only two points behind Ligue 1 leaders Paris Saint-Germain.
Islam Slimani with three goals and Wissam Ben-Yedder (one goal) proved to be good replacements for captain Radamel Falcao, who left for Galatasaray, netting in the goals in both 2-2 draws versus Nimes and Strasbourg respectively.
Montenegro forward Stevan Jovetic is out for the hosts, while Daniel Subasic, Willem Geubbels and Jean-Kevin Augustin are all under question.
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The visitors will be without their best player Florian Thauvin who underwent ankle surgery and is ruled out of action for the rest of the calendar year.
Their head coach Andre Villas-Boas, however, has the rest of the squad available, meaning Dario Benedetto and Dimitri Payet will lead Olympique Marseille’s attacking line.
Talk to the press
AS Monaco boss Leonardo Jardim knows his side needs to start collecting points if they want to avoid another relegation battle.
“We worked hard during the break. The players were very invested. The internationals returned yesterday, so we started preparing for the match two days ago. We need to earn points,” he said at a press conference.
“Today, the team has more quality in the midfield. We will try to work well with the arrival of Tiemoue and Adrien Silva. All of the players are ready to start.
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“This is an important match. Marseille has a similar team to the last year, with a few exceptions. We respect the opponent, but we will do everything to win.
“They are a team that has a lot of experience, and the players used to winning. This is not a very big group, but they have been effective, especially in the last two games against Nice and Saint-Etienne.”
The most recent meeting between Monaco and Marseille at the Louis II Stadium finished in a 3-2 win for the visitors back in September last year.
This fixture guarantees goals though, as we’ve seen 46 goals in their last 10 encounters across all competitions – an astonishing average of 4,6 goals per game.
In nine out of those 10 meetings, both sides managed to score a goal. Marseille only failed to find the net in Monaco’s 4-0 win in November 2016.
AS Monaco are currently on a five games streak without a victory, noting two draws and three defeats in the process.
Les Monegasques have managed to win only two out of their 16 Ligue 1 games since March 2019.
Olympique Marseille are unbeaten in their last five games on the road, registering three wins and two draws.