Our prediction for this Coupe de France Coupe de la Ligue Ligue 1 match:
Shenzhen Universiade Sports Centre will host the 2018 French Super Cup. As expected, les Parisiens won the Ligue 1 title last term, with the team clinching the Coupe de France trophy as well. Key player Neymar was rested at the 2018 International Champions Cup, but the Brazilian attacker is likely to start against Monaco in Trophee des Champions. Les Rouges et Blancs, on the other hand, have been struggling to find their best form in pre-season and that is probably the main reason why we are tempted to put our money on Thomas Tuchel’s troops. Yet another man to watch in Thomas Tuchel’s team will be former Monaco attacker Kylian Mbappe, who impressed at the 2018 FIFA World Cup finals. In their last meeting in the Ligue 1 PSG rolled over Monaco 7-1, but we do not believe that les Parisiens are going to record such a routine win over les Rouges et Blancs this time out.
Highlighted Player (Gianluigi Buffon):
Gianluigi Buffon is a legendary Italian goalkeeper. The 191-cm-tall shoot-stopper was born in Carrara, Italy on 28 January, 1978 and he began his senior career at Parma. After making 169 league appearances for the Gli Emiliani, he joined Juventus in 2001 and he has been playing for the “Old Lady” ever since.
Buffon is regarded as one of the best goalkeepers in the history of football and he won seven Serie A trophies with Juve. In 2006 he helped Italy clinch the FIFA World Cup trophy as they defeated France on penalties in the title game. He managed to keep no less than five clean sheets at the showpiece tournament in Germany.
Buffon set a number of records and it has to be noted that he is a goalkeeper with most number of clean sheets and penalty kicks saved in the Serie A. His mother Mara Stella was a discus thrower, while his father Adriano was a weightlifter. Gigi’s contract with Juve expires on 30 June, 2018.
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.