Reims (@2.5) vs Monaco (@3.1)

Our Prediction:

Reims will win

Reims – Monaco Match Prediction | 22-09-2019 14:00

They only created an xG of 0.69 last week against Nantes but les Canaris have a very good defence also. Reims have been very sturdy at the back but much of this has come at the expense of their attack as they have only scored four goals this season.

On the other side, Reims has 7 points from 5 games, but the only difference is their defense. Marseille has scored 4 in the last round, taking 3 points from Monaco. Last time these two teams faced each other, the match ended in a goalless fashion 0:0. They are a team with some flaws of course, as they have scored only 4 goals or under one per game. Monaco started this season disastrously as they only have 2 points from 5 games played. By looking at all of this, I see Reims winning this one in front of their home supporters, due to the catastrophic defense of their rivals. These two teams have played a lot of games in their recent Head-to-Head history. We dont usually see many goals being scored in their duels. In fact, we didnt see both teams scoring in 3 of their previous 4 matches. Their defense is remarkable with only 2 goals in their net through 5 games at the start of this season. They have conceded 14 goals already or almost 3 per game, believe it or not.

Les Rouges et Blancs are eyeing their first win of the season and, no doubt, they are going to leave their hearts on the field in Saturdays football match. After suffering a heart-breaking 4-3 loss to Olympique Marseille at their Stade Louis II at the weekend, Monaco will be looking to return to winning ways in the Ligue 1 when they face Reims at Stade Auguste-Delaune II.

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The signings of Islam Slimani and Wissam Ben Yedder have worked a treat with the pair scoring six goals between them already. Monaco have managed to improve their attack in recent games with seven goals scored in their last three matches. Their defence has continued to be laughable with them conceding at least five more goals than every other team and boasting the third worst xGA in the league.

They have conceded just two goals in their five league matches including three clean sheets against last years runners up Lille, last years fifth placed Marseille and Strasbourg, the top scorers outside of the top five in 2018/19. Reims will be the strikers most difficult test yet though as Reims have the second best xGA in the league, a stat only bettered by Paris Saint-Germain.

head into Saturdays football following a 1-1 draw with Guingamp, but they are seen as hot favourites to beat Reims on Matchday 32. Leonardo Jardims troops produce better displays at home than on the travels and we predict that they are going to prove their worth on the field. Cesc Fabregas and Co. Monaco chiefs did well to reinforce the squad in January and, as a result, les Rouges et Blancs are on the right track to secure the Ligue 1 survival.

In their last meeting in the French top flight they played out a goalless draw. A man to watch in the away team will be Wissam Ben Yedder, who scored a brace in the 4-3 loss to OM. Reims, on the other hand, aim to make amends for a 1-0 loss to Nantes and seeing that they are tough to beat at home, we predict that they are going to hold the out-of-form visitors to a draw on Matchday 6.

Prediction Reims - Monaco

It looks like a lost cause. Can Jardim so famed for sorting out Monacos defence a few seasons ago, do so again? The big worry is that they have shipped 14 goals so far, this is double the worst conceded by other teams in a similar situation, and Monaco have a very poor defence. Monaco have lost 3 of their five matches and are yet to win this season and come into this match in 19th place with 2 points.

As a result were backing Reims to convert here. Monaco have won just one of their last 13 away games with them conceding five in the two trips this season. Monaco have been very good going forward recently though so were also expecting the Monegasques to get a goal here in a match we predict will finish 1-1. This was a very tight fixture last year with a draw and a narrow 1-0 win for Reims.