Monaco v Bordeaux – Stade Louis II at 19:00 GMT
Monaco boss Leonardo Jardim admitted it was “difficult to explain” what went wrong in the first-half of Les Monegasques’ 2-2 draw at Angers last weekend. The principality club were two goals down at the interval following a lacklustre 45 minutes, requiring a second-half Radamel Falcao brace to gain parity.
The 2017 champions have looked more like their old selves since the Portuguese head coach returned to the Stade Louis II, collecting 11 points from a possible 15 (W3-D2-L0) to move six points clear of the relegation zone in Ligue 1. However, Jardim was quick to criticise his charges for their ineffective efforts at Angers.
Nevertheless, Les Rouges et Blancs remain on the right track. The January arrivals of Gelson Martins, Carlos Vinicius and Adrien Silva have bolstered the ranks following another big summer sale. Despite the dismantling of another successful side, Monaco were undoubtedly underperforming.
Only now with Jardim back at the helm are we starting to see this side flourish again. The hosts have won each of their last three home games under Jardim, and with odds of 1.75 available on Monaco making that four successive triumphs against Bordeaux on Saturday night, I’m happy to have them onside.
Bordeaux’s miserable and inconsistent campaign showed no sign of life in midweek as Les Girondins were well beaten at home by Montpellier. The Gironde outfit have tasted success just once in their last eight outings across all competitions are languishing in the bottom half of Ligue 1.
Last week Bordeaux dismissed general manager Ricardo Gomes but the strugglers were unable to find a reaction with their only goal arriving via a deflected effort from Nicolas de Preville in their 2-1 Tuesday night reverse. It was Les Girondins’ fifth defeat in seven league matches.
Paolo Sousa has been heavily linked with the vacant job, although he’s unlikely to be in situ ahead of Saturday night where Bordeaux will be chasing only a third away victory of 2018/19. The visitors have W1-D2-L8 when excluding the bottom-two teams, failing to score in eight of those 11 encounters.
Bordeaux are marked out as a bottom-six side when viewing performance data across a range of metrics and their away day blues look likely to extend this weekend with revitalised Monaco a generous price to succeed.
1×2 Betting Recommendation: Monaco to win at 1.750
Preview by: @MarkOHaire.
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