As money starts pouring in, Monaco is expected to become the next Malaga and the transfer of Radamel Falcao is the best argument. The campaign of friendly games went silky smooth but now Monaco needs to prove its worth on one of the most difficult stadiums in France, and defeat Bordeaux.
Bet: Bordeaux Asian Handicap 0:0
Odds: Pinnacle Sports 2.22
There seems to be a trend with teams that are taken over by rich Saudi investors, with the offense being greatly improved. The same happened in Monaco, where new strikers were acquired and Falcao is expected to pair up with Toure in the offensive. The two players pack quite a punch and should give the visitors a fighting chance but it is a bit extreme to regard them as favorites for this sole reason.
Bear in mind that Monaco has just promoted from Ligue 2 and players will need some time to accommodate to this highly competitive division. On the other hand, Bordeaux is well prepared for facing offensive teams and the best proof is that they almost got away with a draw against PSG in the Super Cup. Bordeaux was unlucky to concede the second goal in the fifth minute of overtime, but their 5-4-1 starting formation with Saivet as the only striker kept PSG at bay. The only problem for the hosts is that they miss five players, with Diabate, Traore, Belliot and Faubert injured while Henrique is suspended.
Head to head record obviously favors the hosts who won half of the home games, still Pinnacle Sports offers odds of 3.00 for a home victory. Risk-averse players can take the safety net of a 0:0 Asian handicap at odds of 2.22 and have their stakes returned if the game ends in a draw.