Our prediction for this Ligue 1 match:
Monaco will look to build on back-to-back wins over PSG and Metz when they host Troyes to their Stade Louis II in the Ligue 1 round 31. Les Rouges et Blancs aim to keep their Champions League hopes alive, and they are likely to go all guns blazing at Troyes. Kevin Volland should recover in time to take part in Sunday’s clash, while both Cesc Fabregas and Krepin Diatta remain in the recovery room.
The visitors, on the other hand, have been showing signs of improvement of late, with the team winning three of their last four league fixtures. Bruno Irles’ troops are five points clear of the relegation zone, meaning that Sunday’s clash is of big importance for the away team. Anyhow, home win should be considered as Monaco have been in a fine form of late. Both Hyun-Jun Suk and Karim Azamoum are out of contention with injuries for the away side.
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 (Troyes):
Founded in 1986, Troyes are considered one of the youngest clubs in French Ligue 1. Troyes returned to the top flight at the end of the 2016/2017 season, with the team finishing the regular season in third place in the Ligue 2 standings. Jean Louis Garcia’s men proved their worth in the promotion play-offs, with the team beating Lorient in the two-legged tie.
Troyes are well known for their blue shirts, but they wear white when playing on the travels. Stade de l’Aube is the club’s home ground and the stadium can hold up to 20.400 spectators. The venue was built in 1924, but it was renovated on two occasions (1956, 2004). The club have yet to win the Ligue 1 trophy, but in 1956 they made it to the French Cup final.
Troyes faced Sedan in the title game and they were totally outplayed by Louis Dugauguez’s troops (3-1) at Stade Olympique Yves-du-Manoir. Roger Courtois’ team were three goals down after 57 minutes, but five minutes later Fernand De Vlaeminck scored a consolation goal for the Stade de l’Aube outfit.