Sunday, February 9, 2014

AS Monaco vs Paris Saint-Germain
Football: France, Ligue 1, Game week 23rd
Date: Sunday, 09 February 2014 – 9 pm CET
Stadium: Stade Louis II, Monaco, Monaco
Everyone at AS Monaco are still in shock after the news regarding a long-term injury of their topscorer Falcao. The player will not be able to help his teammates in the race to championship. His successor has just been brought to France. In the transfer period AS Monaco bought from English Fulham the former Manchester United striker Dimitar Berbatov. The upcoming matches will show if the Bulgarian international was a good choice. AS Monaco somehow coped with the first two games without Falcao – they won against Marseille and drew 2:2 with Lorient. When the last five games are taken into account, Monaco managed to win three and drew the other two. Their home stats are quite good: 8 wins, 2 losses and only one loss. Altogether Monaco lost only two games this season in Ligue 1: against Lille and Valenciennes.

Paris Saint-Germain team are not without injury problems. The manager Laurent Blanc does not have at his disposal the topscorer Cavani, who is sidelined with an injury for a couple of weeks. Yet, the situation is not as bad as it seems since they have in the squad Zlatan Ibrahimovic. The Swedish magician has already scored 18 goals, which gives him the title of the best scorer in France. Moreover, the Paris side strengthened their ranks brining from Newcastle United the French international Cabaye. Such a duo can determine the score and help PSG to increase their advantage from five to eight points. It would also be a big step to the championship. In the last three games they won two and drew one.

Possible line-ups:
AS Monaco: Subasic – Raggi, Carvalho, Abidal, Kurzawa – Toulalan, Kondogbia, Moutinho – Rodriguez – Berbatov, Riviere.
Paris Saint-Germain: Sirigu – van der Wiel, Alex, Thiago Silva, Maxwell – Motta, Cabaye, Matuidi – Lucas, Ibrahimovic, Lavezzi.

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