The whole of the Principality of Monaco debuts in the tournament cupper, receiving the Ajaccio in the Stadium Louis II. AS Monaco have seen their advantage with Nice continue, after a draw in Dijon (1-1), beat Bastia at home (5-0), Bordeaux away (0-4), lose to Lyon (1-3) and suffer to defeat the Caen just before the Christmas break (2-1). With 42 points, Jardim’s men are 2 points behind Nice, taking three points clear of PSG.
The Principality team sealed their qualification for the knockout stages of the Champions League, in which will be measured to the Manchester City of Pep Guardiola. The set of Leandro Jardim had starred in an exceptional start to the season, which led them to qualify for the group stage of the Champions League and to lead the competition gala during the first 5 days. However, their hard defeat at Nice (4-0) and the subsequent home draw at Bayer Leverkusen (1-1) sowed the first doubts in the team’s performance, which just before the break gave a blow of authority thrashing To Metz at home by 0-7. However, the team returned to sin of arrogance and saw as the Toulouse gave the return to a party that had become very comfortable, falling for 2-1. In the next four days, the team thrashed Montpellier 6-2, tied for 1 at St.Etienne, thrashed Nancy (6-0) and claimed Lorient (0-3)
Those of Leandro Jardim tuned their preparations at the start of the championship with the goal of being among the 32 best teams on the continent. For that, they eliminated Turkish Fenerbahçe in the third qualifying round of the Champions League. The Monegasque fell to Istanbul 2-1, tracing home with a great match of Radamel Falcao, who wounded in the victory by 3 to 1. Villarreal were the last stumbling block of the Principality to get into the group stage, Achieving an unexpected victory at El Madrigal (1-2), confirmed with the home win 1-0.
Once Probable: Subasic – Sidibe, Glik, Jemerson, Raggi – Fabinho, Bakayoko – Moutinho, Lemar, Silva – Falcao.
Ajaccio ranked 15th in Ligue 2 with 21 points in the first 19 games of the competition. Olivier Pantaloni’s team had to pass two qualifiers to reach here, beating AS Aixoise in the 7th round by a comfortable 1-4, but suffering in the 8th round to eliminate Le Portel Stade by 0-1.
Niger player Moussa Maazou, along with France’s Johan Cavalli and Riad Nouri, are the league’s top goalscorers with 4 goals scored each.
Once Probable: Goda – Cisse, Nouri, Aberget, Madrid, Boe Kane, Cavalli, Lippini, Charles, Abdallah, Maazou.
The locals are clear favorites to win the match. The precedents favor them, with 7 victories and 2 ties in the last 11 direct duels between both. Facing this match, the difference of category between both and the current level makes the prognosis is favorable for those of the Principality to win at home by more than two goals.