Thursday, 16 February 2017

Bastia - Monaco

PICK: Monaco AH -1 @1,925 PINNACLE 6/10

Match between 19th and 1st placed team in Ligue 1 will be played on Stade Armand-Cesari in Furiani, and it will start at 20:45 on Friday. 

Bastia is coming to match after 4-1 lost in Toulouse, where they received two red cards again. They are far the worst team in the league when it comes to discipline, for example for their captain Cazuhac, that was 3rd red card in last 10 matches. True, responsible captain. Right? Not really, in my opinion. That things are worst, not just suspended Cahuzac and Saint-Ruf but also Crivelli and Maximine, who is loaned from Monaco won't be in squad. That means that squad of Bastia will be really short and they will need a miracle if they want to get something from this match. 

Monaco is incredible recently. Winning match after match, rotating or not, playing in cups, league, at home, away, winning everywhere. They are scoring without any problems regardless if there is Falcao in attack, or Germaine or Mbappe, or anyone else, they are just scoring. They are dangerous from every single aspect of football game. They can score through game play, through direct or indirect set-piece, through corner kick, through everything. 

I think that this team has everything to win the league this season and also to go high in Champions league. Unfortunately they will play against City, but recently they lost Gabriel Jesus due to injury and I think that it won't be that impossible for Monaco to surprise here, if that would be even called a surprise (not for me). Champions league match is coming on Tuesday, but even if they will rotate a little, I am sure that Jardim will put strong lineup here as he knows, that PSG is knocking on doors and that things can quickly change and momentum will be gone. In my opinion only miracle can save Bastia here. They will be without 3 important players, players who can not be replaced in small squad as they have it, while Monaco is coming with full strength, after trashing Metz with 5 goals difference at home. In Marseille and in Bordeaux they scored 4 goals, and I think that they will do everything, to keep great atmosphere in the club in front of Champions league match.

FT: 1-1

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