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Monaco vs Toulouse Predictions

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      Monaco said that they had been premature in the sacking of Leonardo Jardim and that they still saw a future with the Portuguese. Sounds a little bit like a cheating girlfriend but nevertheless he was one of the club’s most successful managers in his first tenure and the hierarchy will be hoping for more of the same in this second term. He got off to the worst possible start as his side faced bottom club Guingamp in the Coupe de la Ligue semi-final. Monaco were 2-0 up at half-time but ended up drawing 2-2 and lost on penalties. The disastrous season at Monaco seems to just be getting worse and worse but a big win here over Toulouse would heavily alter the atmosphere. 

      Jardim has a lot to clean up though as the team haven’t won at home in the league since May and have been playing under extremely toxic conditions, as Henry regularly criticised his own and other team’s players. Jardim will hope to return the feel good factor but it’s going to be tough with a side that have kept clean sheets in just two of their last 15 matches against Ligue 1 opposition. Monaco still have one of the best squads in the league with Tony Lopes and Falcao proven goalscorer in a team of simply inexperienced talent but can Jardim get the best out of them with a win?

      Toulouse finished last season 16 places below Monaco but currently sit 11 points ahead of the principality club with a steep rise in form seeing les Violets rise up the table. Alain Casanova’s side have been on a good run as of late with three wins and just one loss in their last seven matches. They have beat Lille and Nice in this time, two massive achievements, but drew at the weekend in a match they really could have won if it wasn’t for Max Gradel’s missed penalty. Two more points from this game would have been a greatly welcomed gift but ultimately Toulouse should look at the result and take heart from the fact they played well. 

      Toulouse have won three of their last four away matches and really dominated the match when they faced Monaco in September. Les Violets had six shots on target compared to les Monegasques’ two and they will be hoping for another positive performance here. Monaco have been so poor at home with the Stade Louis II really turning into a cauldron towards the end of Henry’s tenure. It will be interesting to see how the Monaco fans react to having the popular figure of Jardim back in the dugout. Monaco had their chances against Guingamp on Tuesday but ultimately scuppered them by letting the league’s bottom club back into the game. They face much more powerful opposition here in Toulouse and we think the principality club will get little from this match, as they couldn’t even beat the league’s weakest team in midweek. Toulouse have scored 12 goals in their last six games and with Monaco on just one clean sheet at home since August, we’re backing Toulouse to win 2-1. Monaco have scored in seven of their last eight matches though and we expect they’ll get on the score-sheet here. 

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