Our prediction for this Europa League match:
Monaco will look to clinch top position in Group B when they take on Sturm Graz at Merkur-Arena. Monaco recorded a very important 2-1 win over Real Sociedad in their last group game, with the team booking their place in the Europa League knockout stages. Les Rouges et Blancs head into the match following a routine 4-0 win over Metz, and they surely want to put icing on the cake on a very successful Europa League campaign.
Youssouf Fofana is banned for the match, while all Ben Yedder, Golovin, Henrique, and Matazo should be recalled to the starting XI. Sturm, on the other hand, are stuck at the bottom, and seeing that they head into the match with the lack of motivation, we are tempted to put our money on the Group B leaders. Bosnia international Jusuf Gazibegovic is back from a domestic ban.
Highlighted Player (Djibril Sidibé):
Born in Troyes, Djibril Sidibe made his first football steps at his hometown club. Having excelled throughout the youth ranks, Sidibe was rewarded with his professional debut in 2010. Two years later he moved to Lille where he established himself as one of the biggest prospects in French football.
A 2016 move to Ligue 1 giants Monaco came as a reward for his impressive qualities. Sidibe is a solid right-back who is great at picking out passes, especially with crosses. A determined individual, Sidibe does not easily get caught out in a wide space. His impressive footwork make him a difficult player to play against going forward which he has a knack for.
Monaco are expected to be another stepping stone in his career and it won’t be too long before the World Cup winning French international has made a move to one of Europe’s top sides.
Highlighted Team (Monaco):
Though based in Monaco, Les Rouges et Blances – as they are commonly referred to – play their games in the French football league system. Members of the top tier Ligue 1, Monaco play their home matches at the Stade Louis II in Fontvieille in front of 18,500 people. The Principality club boasts a turbulent history, which saw Monaco reach the highest heights of both domestic and international scene, but also get relegated to the amateur leagues at the very beginnings and to Ligue 2 in 2010-11 season.
The following year AS Monaco were acquired by the Russian billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev, whose heavy investments turned the Principality club into one of the biggest spenders in Europe in 2013 and reestablishing its place among Europe’s top clubs.
AS Monaco have had notable European results in the modern football era having been runners-up in the UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup in 1992 and the UEFA Champions League in 2004. One of the most successful clubs in France AS Monaco have so far won seven league titles and five Coupe de France trophies.