Ligue 1 preview: AS Monaco heads to the Cauldron in Saint-Etienne

Coupe de la Ligue- Monaco downs OM (2-1), advances to next round
Coupe de la Ligue- Monaco downs OM (2-1), advances to next round

AS Monaco travel to Geoffroy-Guichard Stadium, aka the Cauldron, this Sunday for the 12th day of Ligue 1 (9 pm). Facing the Verts of Claude Puel, the Monegasques have the opportunity to land a big blow and return to the top of the league table. Ambitious, the two teams also have the same number of points… Leonardo Jardim, however, will have to compose an eleven without Bakayoko, Fabregas, and Slimani, all three injured.

After OM, the Verts? The week would be so good for the ASM. After taking down OM in the Coupe de la Ligue on Wednesday night (2-1), Adrien Silva’s teammates travel to the Cauldron for a match that will measure the Monegasue team’s fitness a little more. Claude Puel on one side, Leonardo Jardim on the other: this duel with Monegasque flavors promises to be exciting.

Moreover, the Portuguese coach stressed at a press conference how much he admired the work of his counterpart. “I admire Claude a lot. He has already done a lot of good work, he will also do it in Saint Etienne, but I hope that it will not be so against us. “

Augustine or Baldé?

To achieve a third straight win in the L1, the ASM will have to confirm its new defensive solidity and its taste for efficiency embodied by the ruthless Wissam Ben Yedder, 9 goals in 9 games. But the team will have to do without three staples, namely Bakayoko, Fabregas and Slimani. The Algerian has suffered and injury, leaving way to Jean-Kévin Augustin, author of a goal and a good performance against the OM. Keita Baldé could also be lined up in a formation that would then flirt with the 3-6-1. That would put Gelson Martins back in the middle and make Ruben Aguilar freer down the right side of the pitch.

Now, to the match!

*Article originally published in the French edition of the Monaco Tribune.