Reims (@2.5) vs Monaco (@3.1)

Our Prediction:

Reims will win

Reims – Monaco Match Prediction | 22-09-2019 14:00

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They now host Reims hoping to show more in an attempt to build on the gap to the relegation zone, which now stands at seven points. Monaco have seen their struggles continue as they were held off by rock-bottomed Guingamp (1-1) last week and only have a last-minute equalizer from Stevan Jovetic to thank for the point earned at Stade du Roudourou.

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Monaco vs Reims H2H

They have conceded just two goals in their five league matches including three clean sheets against last years runners up Lille, last years fifth placed Marseille and Strasbourg, the top scorers outside of the top five in 2018/19. Reims will be the strikers most difficult test yet though as Reims have the second best xGA in the league, a stat only bettered by Paris Saint-Germain.

As it was already said, they have started this years campaign in a terrible way, with 2 points from 5 games, which was enough for the second-worst place. In fact, they have only one point more than Dijon who is at the bottom of the table. Their best player this season is Wissam Ben Yedder, who already has 3 goals by his name. He is their vital part, and if they want something from this game, he will have to be on his level. Geubbels, Jovetic, and Subasic will not play in this game for them.

Theyve held Lille to a 1-1 draw in front of the home crowd last week and this should give David Guion and his men a lot to build on despite more troubles seen on the road. Reims have, on the other end, seen struggles for consistency of their own but still sit just three points behind the 4th placed Saint-Etienne.

As a result were backing Reims to convert here. Monaco have won just one of their last 13 away games with them conceding five in the two trips this season. Monaco have been very good going forward recently though so were also expecting the Monegasques to get a goal here in a match we predict will finish 1-1. This was a very tight fixture last year with a draw and a narrow 1-0 win for Reims.

Reims vs Monaco Best Odds

Leonardo Jardim, Thierry Henry and Leonardo Jardim have tried their hardest to keep the team ticking over on the pitch but they have ultimately failed and nothing has really changed this season. Its no secret that AS Monaco have been a mess for the last twelve months with an abundant plethora of underwhelming results reflecting the shambles that have been going on off the pitch.

The signings of Islam Slimani and Wissam Ben Yedder have worked a treat with the pair scoring six goals between them already. Monaco have managed to improve their attack in recent games with seven goals scored in their last three matches. Their defence has continued to be laughable with them conceding at least five more goals than every other team and boasting the third worst xGA in the league.

On the other side, Reims has 7 points from 5 games, but the only difference is their defense. Marseille has scored 4 in the last round, taking 3 points from Monaco. Last time these two teams faced each other, the match ended in a goalless fashion 0:0. They are a team with some flaws of course, as they have scored only 4 goals or under one per game. Monaco started this season disastrously as they only have 2 points from 5 games played. By looking at all of this, I see Reims winning this one in front of their home supporters, due to the catastrophic defense of their rivals. These two teams have played a lot of games in their recent Head-to-Head history. We dont usually see many goals being scored in their duels. In fact, we didnt see both teams scoring in 3 of their previous 4 matches. Their defense is remarkable with only 2 goals in their net through 5 games at the start of this season. They have conceded 14 goals already or almost 3 per game, believe it or not.

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.

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They only created an xG of 0.69 last week against Nantes but les Canaris have a very good defence also. Reims have been very sturdy at the back but much of this has come at the expense of their attack as they have only scored four goals this season.

Reims has some problems with injuries, as Dingome, Donis, and Zeneli will not dress up for this game. Last time against Monaco, they had only 3 shots on target, but Monaco was playing some kind of defense back then. That is not going to be the case here, by everything we saw so far. Reims has won only one of their last 5 games played. The important thing is to say that none of those games had more than 3.5 goals so we could expect something similar here.