Monaco – Strasbourg. It’s time for Golovin to take the lead
Nikolai Dyatlov August 19, 2023, 21:15 Moscow time
The Monegasques started with a win, but there are still quite a few problems.
On August 20, the match of the 2nd round of the French Ligue 1 “Monaco” – “Strasbourg” will take place. The start is at 18:05 Moscow time. Experts have already given a forecast, they consider the hosts to be the favorites: you can bet on the victory of the Monegasques in bookmakers with a coefficient of 1.81. The success of the Strasbourg club is estimated by analysts at 4.10. They offer to bet on a draw for 3.94.
The best predictions for today.
Bookmaker odds for the Ligue 1 game Monaco vs Strasbourg on August 20, 2023
The bookies believe that the Monaco – Strasbourg match will be productive: the total of over 2.5 goals equals 1.68 and the total of under 2.5 goals equals 2.27. If the hosts score, the odds will be 1.12. The away goal is available in bookmakers with a fee of 1.39. You can bet that both teams will score by 1.62.
Analysis and forecast for the Ligue 1 match “Monaco” – “Strasbourg” (20.08.2023)
On the last game day of the second round of the French Football Championship, six games will be played at once. Particular attention should be paid to the game in Monaco – the local club of the same name will host Strasbourg. The kick-off of the match will be given at 18:05 Moscow time.
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Monaco is starting to rebuild under a new manager. Adi Hütter, who has always played a counter-attacking, high-pressing style of play, is still in trouble. This is especially evident in defense: in the last nine games, taking into account friendlies, his team has played “nil” only once. When the ball is lost, there is not enough automaticity in the support zone.
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However, all this does not prevent the Monegasques from achieving the desired result. In the first round, they scored a decided victory over Clermont: they conceded an early goal, then went ahead, but allowed the score to be leveled. In the end, the class was enough to take three points (4-2), but the coach was not entirely satisfied with the quality of the game after the final whistle.
What Monaco is really good at is still good at staging play in a foreign half of the pitch. For this reason, the attack did not even have to acquire players in the summer: Wissam Ben Yedder, who scored twice in the 1st matchday of Ligue 1, remains unstoppable. More is expected from Alexander Golovin, he is still a bit out of the system of the new coach, but he comes out in the starting eleven.
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AS Monaco has high hopes for the first home game of the season. The team wants to please the fans with a victory. The opponent for this purpose is more than adequate, because last season Strasbourg lost in both personal meetings.
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At the same time, it cannot be said that the guests look bad in matches with Monaco. In the last five head-to-heads, the guests scored at least one goal in every game. Also, in six years, Strasbourg have never lost with a devastating or big score, even just two defeats with a difference of two goals. Therefore, it can be called an awkward opponent.
Strasbourg floundered last season, slipping away from the relegation zone by just four points. But now the club is prepared to gain a foothold at least in the middle of the table. He improved quite a bit in the summer on the transfer market – he spent a lot of money on players in each lineup. For a team with such modest financial resources, this is a great investment.
However, so far everything is justified. A contract was signed with Patrick Vieira, a coach who managed to establish himself in Nice and in the Premier League. The guests had a strong pre-season, in five games, they only lost once and scored an average of two goals per game. But more importantly, in the 1st round they beat Lyon at home (2:1). Despite the fact that the Lions are going through difficult times, they are still the best club in the country.
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Vieira’s men won’t mind fighting for the ball and playing aggressively up front. They can’t fully rely on their defense, so they won’t be left behind. In general, both teams score a lot and try to bet on efficiency up front. And yet, Monaco is gradually taking shape, there is already a victory and the Monegasques will not be left without points at home. Therefore, we offer a bet: the hosts will not lose and both will score at 2.03.
Prediction and bet for the match Ligue 1 Monaco – Strasbourg on August 20, 2023
AS Monaco got off to a good start this season with a win and now Adi Hütter’s side are looking to build on that success. You should not expect an easy ride even at home in the match with Strasbourg, the guests attack well and will definitely use their chances. At the same time, the Monegasques have won two in the last two head-to-heads, and have not lost at home for almost three years. There must be many goals, because two scoring teams are playing, but the hosts will justify their status as favourites.
Tender: Monaco will not lose and both will score in 2.03.
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