Coupe de France has an interesting quarter-final matchup as PSG get ready to clash with AS Monaco for the second time in three days. While the Ligue 1 clash ended in a draw, which did not hinder or increase either team’s chances to the title, in Coupe de France will be different since we’re looking at just one match.
Monaco played three games in a week, including the 3-1 Champions League win over Arsenal London, which prompted Leonardo Jardim to state: “We must adapt to this situation to manage the workforce reduced by injuries and suspensions.” He might have meant Wallace and Abdennour, which only adds to his injury worries including Carvalho, Ragi and Bakayoko. Monaco are currently 4th in Ligue 1, nine points behind PSG, who are still struggling with Ibrahmovic still suspended. Keeping in mind that two players from their defensive line are suspended and the other two injured, AS Monaco are still managing to live up to people’s expectations.
In this year’s edition of Coupe de France, Monaco conceded only one goal, against Rennes, all while scoring seven. PSG also conceded only one goal and scored seven, but the hosts are second in Ligue 1 even with their extensive list on injuries, Aurier, Cabaye and Motta will miss the cup match and perhaps the upcoming Champions League fixture. Matuidi lamented the lack of finishing touches his team displayed in Ligue 1 and vowed not to make the same mistakes at Parc des Princes. Lavezzi and Cavani were also unable to score a few days ago, which made Blanc say his team deserved more than one point from the match.
The last four matches between the two teams ended in identical 1-1 draws and another result like that has 6.50 odds with Ladbrokes. A Paris Saint Germain win has 1.61 odds, an AS Monaco win 5.75, and a draw at the end of regular time has 3.40 odds. PSG for both halves have 2.55 odds, Monaco 11.00 and over 1.5 goals 1.45 odds. Considering Monaco conceded more than one goal last time back in November we decided to place a bet on both teams to score with 2.30 odds from Ladbrokes.
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