Sep 27, 2014 at 1pm UK at ​Stade Louis II
MonacoMonaco
0-1
Nice

Berbatov (19'), Dirar (73')
FT(HT: 0-1)
Eduardo (7')
Hult (29'), Bautheac (49'), Bosetti (85'), Eysseric (87')

Preview: AS Monaco vs. Nice

Sports Mole previews Saturday's Ligue 1 clash between in-form Monaco and Nice at the Stade Louis II.

AS Monaco will look to keep their recent resurgence going when they host Nice in a Ligue 1 clash at the Stade Louis II on Saturday.

Following a slow start to the campaign, Monaco have now racked up three victories in a row in all competitions, including a 1-0 win over Bayer Leverkusen on their return to Champions League action.

Their most recent outing provided the best result of the lot as they turned Montpellier over in their own back yard to move level on points with Rolland Courbis's side.

However, goals remain an issue for Monaco, with their four wins so far this season all coming by a 1-0 scoreline.

Their tally of 10 points from their opening seven matches is also a disappointing one for a side that finished second in the table last season, but there are certainly signs of improvement.

Perhaps the most pleasing one for Leonardo Jardim will be that his side have kept three clean sheets in a row having conceded six goals in their first two outings of the campaign.

The Portuguese manager will be without Anthony Martial, Seydou Sy, Aymen Abdennour and Borja Lopez through injury, but top scorer Dimitar Berbatov is once again expected to lead the line.

Nice, meanwhile, are also coming into this match on the back of an impressive victory having edged past Lille 1-0 on Wednesday.

Mathieu Bodmer's 41st-minute strike was enough to hand his side all three points, ensuring that only goal difference separates these two teams going into Saturday's clash.

Consistency has been a major issue for Claude Puel's side in recent times, however, and they will be aiming to pick up consecutive victories for the first time since March this weekend.

They are without a win in their last eight away matches, however, a run that also stretches back to March and includes six defeats.

Gautier Lloris, Dario Cvitanich and Joris Delle are all sidelined for the visitors, and Puel could opt to name an unchanged side to the one that beat Lille in midweek.

Recent form

Monaco: WWWLDW

Nice: WLWLLD

Possible starting lineups

Monaco: Subasic; Fabinho, Raggi, Carvalho, Kurzawa; Kondogbia, Toulalan, Silva, Moutinho, Ferreira Carrasco; Berbatov

Nice: Hassen; Paul, Genevois, Bodmer, Amavi; Mendy, Rafetraniaina; Eysseric, Eduardo, Bautheac; Bosetti

Sports Mole says: 2-0

Who will win Saturday's match between Monaco and Nice at the Stade Louis II?

Monaco
Nice
Draw
Monaco
87.5%
Nice
12.5%
Draw
0.0%
Monaco's Moroccan midfielder Nabil Dirar celebrates after scoring a goal with Monaco's French midfielder Jeremy Toulalan during the French L1 football match Monaco (ASM) vs Guingamp (EAG) on September 21, 2014
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Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Paris Saint-GermainPSG21182167155256
2Marseille22145345222347
3Lyon21136249212845
4MonacoMonaco21134448212743
5NantesNantes2210481921-234
6Montpellier HSCMontpellier2271052015531
7Rennes229492730-331
8Nice219482731-431
9GuingampGuingamp228592429-529
10StrasbourgStrasbourg227692737-1027
11Caen2283111424-1027
12Bordeaux2275102431-726
13AmiensAmiens2274112024-425
14Dijon2274113145-1425
15Troyes2273122231-924
16Saint-EtienneSt Etienne2165102036-1623
17Angers2241082532-722
18Lille2264121933-1422
19Toulouse2255122032-1220
20Metz2143141735-1815
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