On Sunday, Monaco will host Strasbourg in a Ligue 1 match at the Stade Louis II.
These two teams are currently in the mid-table zone, with Monaco in 8th and Strasbourg a place above them in 7th.
So which team will come out on top and move up the rankings this weekend?
Monaco’s form has been somewhat wobbly this season, with plenty of ups and downs in their opening 14 games.
At their best, like in their recent 3-1 win over Montpellier in late October, Niko Kovac’s side looked excellent. However, they also had poor results, including a recent loss to struggling Brest.
Interestingly, it looks like scoring goals is Monaco’s biggest problem right now. They have scored just 19 goals so far, the least of any team in the first half of Ligue 1.
Strasbourg, meanwhile, have recovered from an appalling start to the campaign to become one of the best teams in Ligue 1 in terms of form.
They have lost only once in their last six matches – a narrow loss at the hands of Rennes’ greats – despite having drawn in their last two games.
Unlike Monaco, Strasbourg have scored so far in the 2021-22 campaign, scoring 25 goals so far. This includes five against Saint-Etienne and four against Lorient.
Head to head Monaco vs Strasbourg
There have been 54 matches played between the two clubs in the past. Monaco dominated this match with 31 wins against 11 for Strasbourg. 12 matches all ended in a tie.
The recent results between these two teams are in favor of Strasbourg, who have beaten Monaco in four of their last six meetings.
Guide to Monegasque forms: WDDDL
Strasbourg Forms Guide: DDWLW
Monaco vs Strasbourg team news
Cesc Fabregas is absent for Monaco, while three other players, including influential midfielder Aurélien Tchouameni, are dubious.
Injured: Cesc Fabregas
Doubtful: Aurélien Tchouameni, Benoit Badiashile, Krepin Diatta
Maxime Le Marchand and Lebo Mothiba are the only injured for Strasbourg, while Ludovic Ajorque and Anthony Caci are back from suspension.
Injured: Maxime Le Marchand, Lebo Mothiba
Monaco vs Strasbourg Predicts XI
Monaco predicted XI (4-4-2): Alexander Nubel, Ruben Aguilar, Guillermo Maripan, Axel Disasi, Caio Henrique, Gelson Martins, Youssouf Fofana, Eliot Matazo, Sofiane Diop, Wissam Ben Yedder, Kevin Volland
Strasbourg predicted XI (3-4-1-2): Matz Sels, Lucas Perrin, Alexander Djiku, Gerzino Nyamsi, Frédéric Guilbert, Ibrahima Sissoko, Jean Eudes Aholou, Dimitri Lienard, Adrien Thomasson, Ludovic Ajorque, Kevin Gameiro
Monaco vs Strasbourg prediction
On paper, Monaco might have a slight advantage here, but in reality this one could be tricky for them.
Strasbourg seem to have regained their form recently, and with their offensive talent shooting at full speed at times, they could be very dangerous.
However, Monaco are a dangerous team as well, which means that a draw is probably the most likely outcome here.
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Prediction: Monaco 2-2 Strasbourg