Monaco – Nantes | 06/08/2021 LIGUE ONE

The Stade Louis II plays host to the first Ligue 1 fixture of the 2021-22 season on Friday evening, as Monaco open the new campaign against Nantes. Niko Kovac’s men made their return to the Champions League with a third-placed finish last term, while Nantes retained their top-flight status by the skin of their teeth.

The 2021/22 Ligue 1 (L1) campaign begins for Monaco, after a successful trip to Prague in midweek (W 2-0). That could give them the edge in terms of match sharpness, especially with the arrival of young Dutch dynamo Myron Boadu from AZ on August 4. He had a strong 2020/21 Eredivisie season (15 goals), and finished third in the open-play scoring charts.

As if the projections for this match couldn’t be clearer, only annual title favourites PSG had a higher win-rate as a L1 matchday favourite than Monaco’s 66.67% last term. Monaco also scored eight goals across their three home games vs the eventual bottom-three in 2020/21, and boast a very positive all-time L1 H2H record (W45, D26, L26).

With Nantes playing under four different managers across the last 49 league rounds, a lack of consistent leadership has affected them. Even so, ‘Les Canaries’ have won as many L1 games under current manager Antoine Kombouaré (W6, D3, L5) as they did in the 35 games prior to his arrival.

The visitors survived through the away goals rule alone in the 2020/21 relegation play-off. A shock win here will largely erase the traumatic memories of that battle, but they are winless in four L1 season openers (D1, L3), and a failure to find victory here at long odds will see them equal a five-game run of drawn/lost opening assignments spanning from 1971-1975.

 

Date: 06/08/2021
Time: 22:00
Venue: Stade Louis II (Monaco)
Pick for this match:
“1” – @ 1.44 ( Betwinner )

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