Match date: 09 Dec 2017
| Sport: Football
| Competition: France Football
| Stake: 8/10
| Pick: G/G
| Match result:
3-2 - Won
How the things stands at this moment Monaco won't be able to achieve some remarkable results in this campaign, they were smashed by Porto in last game in Champions league group stage and remained last placed team in their group with only two points so their European journey is over, in French Ligue 1 dropped at third spot and are now nine points behind leaders PSG, to defend a title they must show some really significant improving but i doubt that will manage to keep up with team from Paris, in 17th round will face with Troyes and tonight must win, that is only option.
Monaco are stronger side for sure and are big favorites to win this game however they have negative record in duels with guests, in last six duels achieved only one victory, last time faced with them two seasons ago and celebrated at this stadium with two goals margin, now should be able to repeat that and get back on winning tracks. Before that last convincing defeat in Champions league group stage against Porto they celebrated at home over Angers with narrow result while in three games before that suffered three consecutive defeats, they are offensive side and scoring a couple of goals shouldn't be a problem for them despite not so great form.
Defenders Serrano (0/0), Raggi (5/0), midfielders Boschilia (3/0), Traore (3/3), Tielemans (12/0), forwards Jovetic (6/2) and Mboula (0/0) are all on list of injured players while defender Toure (8/0) will also stay out due to a suspension.
Troyes on the other side won promotion into Ligue 1 after spending only one season in Ligue 2, after 16 rounds they collected 18 points and are only two points above red line, it won't be easy to survive and in this game i just doubt that will manage to earn points. So far they weren't so great in defense while scored 16 goals. Troyes can't brag with their form and in last 8 matches suffered six defeats and achieved two victories, both at home against not so great Strasbourg and Angers, at this moment it seems almost impossible to overcome Monaco at this stadium.
Troyes aren't some strong team and in order to survive must relay on points from duels with weaker teams, with strongest teams in league just don't have much chances. Now are coming here after defeat against Guingamp, at home ground were decent but lack of accuracy was main reason for defeat, before that conceded "only" two goals against PSG on the road. All in all five victories out of 16 matches can't be enough for some very safe positions, they are among relegation contenders, anyway as hosts are offensive minded team and will attack Troyes will have a chance to score from counter attacks.
Guests are coming here without injured midfielder Dingome (14/0) while midfielder Bellugou (14/0) and forward Grandsir (16/2) are both suspended.
Monaco must win, they can't afford anymore failures and for sure are capable to beat newcomers which are struggling, guests are also in pretty bad shape and it seems like almost impossible task to do something, anyway i believe that at least can score against not so great defense, both teams to score is my pick here.