With a new appointment to take over management, Monaco will be looking to turn over the lackluster performances as they host side Reims at the Stade Louis stadium. The match is scheduled for 4th January, with kickoff at 17:00 GMT.
Monaco fans started off the New Year with joy following the appointment of former Spain coach, Roberto Moreno. This saw the sacking of Leonardo Jardim for the second time. The appointment of Moreno was in a contract extending the 2021-2022 season.
Jardim’s first spell was during the 2014-18 campaign, which saw Monaco clinch the French league in 2017 while reaching the Champions League semifinals in the same season. Jardim returned to coach in January as a replacement for Thierry Henry.
Monaco is currently 7th in the Ligue 1 with 28 points, which is 17 points clear off league leaders PSG. Despite the massive difference within the title race, Moreno is thought to salvage the situation with a return to the top flight deemed as possible.
Reims are sixth on the table, with only a goal difference separating them from Monaco. David Guion’s side is currently struggling to register a win with only two wins in their past six matches. The team has drawn in four of their last matches.
AS Monaco vs. Reims Head to Head
Both sides have met 13 times with Monaco picking up three wins while Reims managing 5 wins. Five games have ended in a draw between the two sides. Here is a look at their previous encounters:
Reims 0-0 Monaco
Monaco 0-0 Reims
Reims 1-0 Monaco
Monaco 2-2 Reims
Reims 0-1 Monaco
Reims 1-3 Monaco
Monaco 1-1 Reims
Monaco 3-2 Reims
AS Monaco Team News
Moreno’s will be contended without the services of skipper Subasic, who picked up a red card suspension. Right-back Ruben Aguilar will also be serving a yellow card suspension. On the verge of suspension is central midfielder Adrien Silva who has picked up four yellow cards. Long term injury woes at the club include left-winger Willem Geubells who underwent knee surgery.
Reims Team News
The only injury woe at the club is with the cruciate ligament rupture suffered by left-winger Arber Zeneli. Forward Boulaye Dia has been on point this season managing to net five goals and an assist. He will prove to be a thorn in the side’s flesh.
Prediction and Odds
Both sides have shown a tendency to draw in their matches. Given the current form of Reims, we expect a draw and a low scoring match at best.
Goals Under 2.5