Last season was unlike anything that we have seen in Ligue 1, as Lille were crowned champions of France, ending the dominance that PSG had enjoyed. Monaco are likely to be among the teams at the top of the league this coming season, and they will be looking to get off to the perfect start on Friday night against Nantes.
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Monaco may have been slightly disappointed with their finish in Ligue 1 last season, as they were well in the hunt for the league title in the closing weeks of the season. However, they still would have been appeased with their Champions League finish considering that they were languishing in eighth in mid December. They ended the season with seven wins in nine games, and that momentum will be something that Niko Kovac will be looking to take into the new season. It has been a quiet period off the pitch for Monaco this summer, as they have only been able to bring in Ismail Jakobs from the Bundesliga. However, there’s no denying the players could be in place for another push for Champions League football.
Nantes will be hoping for a much better campaign this term, after narrowly avoiding relegation to Ligue 2 by the skins of their teeth. They were forced to play in the relegation playoff after finishing the season in 18th, but they narrowly edged past Toulouse on away goals after a 2-1 victory away from home, and a 1-0 win with home advantage. Scoring goals was a massive issue for Nantes last season, as Ludovic Blas finished the season as the top scorer with just four in the league. Surprisingly, that isn’t an area that they have strengthened this summer, as they have only brought in French midfielder Wylan Cyprien from Italian side Parma.
AS Monaco vs Nantes Head to Head
Monaco have won 16 of the previous 23 meetings against Nantes, while the visiting side this weekend have won on just four occasions. Monaco have also won each of the last six meetings between the sides in the league.
AS Monaco vs Nantes Prediction
Monaco will be hopeful of getting off to the perfect start this season, and this could be the perfect fixture to do just that. Nantes struggled last season, and there isn’t much evidence to suggest that they will fare much better this season. A home win is the best bet on the opening night in Ligue 1.
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