Our football match prediction:
Monaco will be looking to extend their winning run in Ligue 1 to three games when they take on Metz at Stade Saint-Symphorien on Friday night. Les Rouges et Blancs are eager to defend their trophy and despite the fact that the likes of Mendy, Bakayoko and Bernardo Silva left the club in the summer transfer window, Leonardo Jardim’s men are definitely capable of meeting the goal. Key attacker Kylian Mbappe, though, is on the verge of leaving the club and the French starlet could be sorely missed in the remainder of the season. Radamel Falcao, on the other hand, scored a hat-trick in a 4-1 win over Dijon at the weekend and the Colombian attacker is likely to prove a handful for the opposition defenders in Friday’s football match. Metz failed to impress in a 2-0 loss to Bordeaux at the weekend and they are unlikely to upset the in-form title holders.
Highlighted Player (Simon Falette):
Simon Falette is a professional footballer who was born in Le Mans, France on February 19, 1992, but he was eligible to play for both France and French Guiana at senior level. Falette decided to represent French Guiana on the international stage, but he has yet to make his debut for the national team. The 184-cm-tall defender started his club career at Lorient, but he made only one appearance for the first team. After playing 41 games for Lorient B Simon Falette joined Laval on loan in 2012 and in 2013 he signed a loan deal with Brest. At the end of the 2013/2014 season Simon Falette signed a permanent deal with the Stade Francis-Le Ble outfit and, after making 66 appearances in the league for the club, he moved to Ligue 1 side Metz. The defender scored three goals in 35 appearances for Les Grenats in the 2016/2017 Ligue 1 campaign. His main position is centre-back, whilst his preferred foot is left.
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.