Monaco v PSG Betting Preview
The first Monaco versus PSG clash of the 2018/19 Ligue 1 campaign takes place on Sunday 11th November 2018, as Monaco host at the Stade Louis II. The game offers the hosts a chance to get their revenge after last term’s mauling at the hands of Paris Saint-Germain.
Les Parisiens romped out 7-1 winners in front of their own fans the last time the two sides met as PSG stormed their way to the Ligue 1 title. PSG were also victorious in the corresponding game with a narrower 2-1 win at the Stade Louis II in November. The Paris side then made it a clean sweep, beating the team from the principality in March's Coupe de la Ligue final.
In fact, you have to cast your mind back to August 2016 to recall the most recent Monaco victory against their fierce rivals. Six straight defeats against PSG will have Monaco desperate to restore a little pride in this game, but the stakes are higher still given the likelihood that both sides will be battling it out for the title come the end of the campaign. Whatever the outcome of the game, there’ll be another chance to catch the two teams going head to head on 21st April 2019, when PSG play host to Monaco at the Parc des Princes.
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PSG - A New Man in the Dugout
The Neymar-inspired Parisians lifted the Ligue 1 crown last season whilst the Monegasques were triumphant the year before. PSG may be something of an unstoppable force in French football at present but there was enough about Monaco last term to suggest they can challenge Thomas Tuchel’s team at the top this time around.
For his part, Paris Saint-Germain’s new boss takes the reins of his first game against Monaco having faced Marseille in ‘Le Classique’ a fortnight earlier. Tuchel has plenty of experience of such big games elsewhere in European football from his three years at Borussia Dortmund of course, but this one is a mouth-watering prospect given the talent on show. In the home dugout, there is another managerial debut for Thierry Henry after he rejoined his old club in October.
Tuchel appears a smart choice given his reputation as an innovative coach, but failure is simply not an option at the Parc des Princes this season with a bettering of PSG’s Champions League performance expected. If PSG are to be taken seriously as a European football powerhouse, they need to get past the quarter finals for the first time.
Nearly 1000km to the south east of Paris, Thierry Henry has took over from Leonardo Jardim but is not having any success so far. Monaco haven't won since the opening day of the season, despite the quality that they have at their disposal. With only 7 points in 12 games, this is a very different fixture than we are used to seeing in recent years. It was just 2 years ago that Monaco surprised PSG and took the Ligue 1 title, but it's been a very different picture since then.
A Truly World-Class Fixture in French Football
The match will be awash with the stars of French football and an abundance of world-class individuals on show. Edinson Cavani, Rademel Falcao and Neymar are household names and that trio alone were signed for combined fees of over 300 million euros.
A supporting cast comprising the likes of Kamil Glik, Youri Tielemans and Djibril Sidibe in the red-and-white of Monaco, and Marquinhos, Thiago Silva and Kylian Mbappe in the blue of PSG makes for a class-filled contest.
Teenage sensation Mbappe used to play for Monaco before his extraordinary transfer to PSG last summer, joining the list of other greats who have previously donned the shirts of each team including Youri Djorkaeff, George Weah and Marco Simone.
The Battle For Bragging Rights In French Football
This is a rivalry which has only existed since the 1970s, so in many ways, it is still a developing one and has a way to mature yet. Certainly, this match lacks the bitter ferocity which exists between Paris St-Germain and Marseille, but in some respects that makes the fixture a purer sporting affair. Unlike most derbies in European football, the spectacle will be played out on the pitch rather than on the terraces.
Despite a poor recent record in the fixture, Monaco retain the overall bragging rights with 41 league victories to PSG’s 18. That said, it wasn’t until the mid-1980s that the Parisians really began to compete with French football’s elite.
Clashes between the pair usually produce goals with 22 strikes in the last half-dozen match-ups. Six of the players who will be on display reached double-figures last season with Cavani the league’s top scorer for PSG. Neymar was third in the division’s striking stakes and weighed in with more assists than anyone else in Ligue 1.
Monaco boasted a decent home record last season and were only beaten once in the principality. That said, PSG lost just twice on the road, so the margins will be fine once again. It's tough to predict the match considering both sides are in complete different situations when compared to the last time they met. With Monaco looking for any way out of their current crisis, a home tie at PSG might be a perfect opportunity to turn their season around.
*All odds from Bet UK's online betting correct at the time of writing