Our football match prediction:
All eyes will be on Stade Louis II when Monaco take on Olympique Marseille in the Ligue 1 derby. Les Rouges et Blancs are determined to defend their trophy, but seeing that fellow contenders for the title PSG reinforced the squad in the summer transfer window, Leonardo Jardim’s troops will have to be at their sharpest in every single match this season if they are to win the national championship. Monaco have been in a fine form at the start of the season and they aim to keep their 100% record intact with a victory over OM. Following back-to-back wins over Dijon and Nantes, Rudi Garcia’s troops dropped two points in a 1-1 draw with Angers at the weekend and seeing that key player is likely to miss Sunday’s football match with injury, we predict that the hosts will extend their winning run in the French top flight. In-form attacker Radamel Falcao is likely to lead the line for the hosts against Marseille.
Highlighted Player (Youri Tielemans):
Youri Tielemans is a product of Anderlecht football academy. The prolific midfielder was born on May 7, 1997 in Sint-Pieters-Leeuw and he is regarded as one of the most talented Belgian players. Tielemans signed his first professional contract with Anderlecht at the age of 16 and in 2013 he made his first-team debut for the club. The Belgian starlet came as a substitute in a 3-2 loss to Lokeren in the national championship. Youri Tielemans was making progress week by week and he quickly established himself as a first-team regular. The 176-cm-tall footballer scored 26 goals in 139 appearances in the league for Anderlecht and in 2017 he signed a five-year deal with Ligue 1 side Monaco. Tielemans joined les Rouges et Blancs for a fee of around €25 million. Speaking of his international career, the Monaco midfielder made his senior debut for Belgium in a 1-1 draw with Netherlands (9.9.2016.). He came as a substitute ten minutes before the final whistle, replacing Steven Defour.
Highlighted Team (Olympique Marseille):
Olympique de Marseille are considered one of the best French football clubs. Les Olympiens won their ninth Ligue 1 title in 2010, but winning of the 1992/1993 Champions League trophy is seen as the club’s biggest success. Marseille defeated Italian giants Milan in the title game, with Basile Boli scoring the winner (1-0) in the Olympiastadion showdown. It has to be noted, though, that the Stade Velodrome outfit were banned from defending the title in the 1993/1994 season after being involved in a match-fixing scandal. To make things even worse for the fans, the club suffered enforced relegation to the Ligue 2. Olympique de Marseille participated in the Europa League final on two occasions (1998/1999, 2003/2004), but they were beaten by Parma and Valencia respectively in the title games. OM’s home ground Stade Velodrome was opened on June 13, 1997 and the capacity of the stadium is 67.394. The likes of Franck Ribery, Didier Deschamps, Didier Drogba, Laurent Blanc, Fabien Barthez, Samir Nasri, Fabrizio Ravanelli and Djibril Cisse all played for Marseille in the past.