Monaco vs Toulouse Preview
Monaca Vs Toulouse Preview as they both meet in the final round on the Ligue 1 premises at Stade Louis on Saturday fixtures.
Last weekend’s 2-0 defeat at European rivals Rennes saw Monaco drop out of the top five for the first time since November, while Les Rennais leapfrogged Philippe Clement‘s side in the Ligue 1 table after notching a third successive victory.
The Red and Whites have now failed to win any of their previous three matches, with a goalless draw against Lille and a 3-1 defeat to Lyon preceding the loss to Rennes, which was also Monaco’s fourth defeat in six outings.
A run of nine victories in 12 games between October and February saw Monaco climb to third in the standings, while Clement’s men also enjoyed a nine-match unbeaten streak after the World Cup break, securing seven wins during that period. PSG being the title winners of Ligue 1 this season Lionel Messi leaves the PSG club as his contract ends by the June and joins Saudi Arabia club.
Since then, however, the Monegasques have endured an inconsistent spell, recording four wins, three draws and six losses to end their Champions League dreams and cast serious doubt over their top-five prospects.
Granted, Monaco could still end the campaign in fourth place if they beat Toulouse and both Lille and Rennes fail to win on the final day, but they could also miss out on European football altogether if Saturday’s events go against them.
Team News and Injury
Monaco will be without injured Chelsea loanee Malang Sarr for the final match of the season, while Dutch forward Myron Boadu is also expected to be absent on Saturday after missing the previous two matches.
Having bagged 24 goals and seven assists across all competitions this season, Wissam Ben Yedder will continue to lead the line for the hosts, with teenage star Eliesse Ben Seghir operating behind the lone striker.
At the opposite end of the pitch, Guillermo Maripan and Axel Disasi are expected to resume their partnership at centre-back, while Bayern Munich loanee Alexander Nubel will continue between the sticks.
Toulouse, on the other hand, have reported no fresh injury problems ahead of Saturday’s clash, although English forward Rhys Healey remains sidelined due to a torn ACL.
Top scorer Thijs Dallinga will lead the line for the visitors, having netted 18 goals this season, while Zakaria Aboukhlal will aim to enhance his tally of 14 goals and five assists.
Ajax-bound midfielder Branco van den Boomen is expected to play his last game for the club, having chalked up six goals and 13 assists this term, with Stijn Spierings likely to join his compatriot in the middle of the park.
Monaco vs Toulouse head-to-head stats
AS Monaco have a good recent record against Toulouse and have won 13 out of the last 28 matches played between the two teams, as opposed to Toulouse’s four victories.
AS Monaco have lost only one of their last 14 matches against Toulouse in Ligue 1, with their previous such defeat coming by a 3-1 margin in October 2016.
AS Monaco have won their last five matches at home against Toulouse in Ligue 1 and have scored a total of 16 goals in these games.
AS Monaco could win their 20th match of the season in Ligue 1 this weekend and could equal their tally from the 2021-22 season.
Toulouse are in 13th place in the league table at the moment – only PSG and Guingamp have won the French Cup while finishing above this position in the table since the 2002-03 season.
Monaco vs Toulouse Prediction
AS Monaco can pack a punch on their day and are currently fighting for a place in the top four. The hosts have a good squad at their disposal and will need to be at their best to boost their attempt to qualify for Europe this year.
Toulouse are capable of pulling off an upset on their day but will be up against a formidable team this weekend. AS Monaco are the better team on paper and should be able to win this game.