On this 1st match day of the French Ligue 1, Monaco and Toulose will face off, in what will be the season opener for this league.
The “Monégasques “ are the current champions and had a great season last year, both offensively and defensively, while Toulouse finished the season on the bottom half of the league table, in 13th place, managing to avoid relegation pretty comfortably.
On the pre-season, the team led by Leonardo Jardim didn’t get many positive results, only winning only 2 out of their 6 matches, and not winning any of the last 3.
They come into this match after a 2-1 away loss vs Sporting de Portugal in their last pre-season match and a 2-1 loss against PSG, on their first official match of this season.
Despite leading 1-0 and creating more chances, they went on to lose 2-1 and therefore lost the French Super cup, which was a great trophy to add to their cabinet regarding last season.
Monaco has been extremely active in this transfer market, selling several players and netting almost 200 million Euros with those sales. However, they got rid of some of their key players in the process, like Bernardo Silva and Benjamin Mendy to Manchester City, Bakayoko to Chelsea and Valère Germain to Marseille.
Monaco vs Toulouse Pick:
This last one was rather strange, considering he was sold very cheap and to a rival, despite the player in question being very importante to the team, since he played 3519 minutes and scored 17 goals in 60 matches.
Regarding last season, Monaco is clearly a bit underwhelming now, since they have lost some of their important players, mainly Bernardo Silva. They can also still lose Mbappé, which would be a tough blow on their offensive prowess.
This way, I expect a Monaco reinventing themselves this season, with Leonardo Jardim promoting youth talent, which will make the team start off slow, and work their way up along the season, as the players begin to adapt.
With that said, and being the 1st game of the season, I expect a slow paced match, and with less goals scored.