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Can Golovin hold Court in Monaco-Brest match-up?

Publish on 26/09/2019 at 22:00


Aleksandr Golovin and AS Monaco "turned a corner" in beating OGC Nice 3-1 on Tuesday, but can they keep moving in the right direction against Stade Brestois 29 and their own in-form midfielder, Yoann Court?

 AS Monaco - Stade Brestois 29 


Monaco - Ligue 1 Conforama champions as recently as 2017 - had spent each of the first six weeks of the new Ligue 1 Conforama season in the relegation zone ahead of tier midweek meeting with OGC Nice, and rumours had begun to swirl about the future of head coach, Leonardo Jardim.

But the principality side finally clicked into gear against Patrick Vieira's high-flying Aiglons at the Stade Louis II, with Golovin helping himself to two goals before laying on a third for Wissam Ben Yedder to guarantee a 3-1 win which pulled the hosts out of the drop zone.

Faith restored

"One day I could of course come back to Monaco," said Claude Puel last Sunday. That day will not be today after a fine result, and a performance that matched from Les Rouges et Blancs.

Watch: Highlights of Monaco's 3-1 win over Nice

"It was a big game. We turned a corner, no doubt," said a delighted Jardim at his post-match press conference. "Our fitness was much better and we created chances throughout the 90 minutes. It's important to have won. We know how good we are. We didn't land here from the moon. We weren't even at our best today, but then last week we weren't at our worst either."

As well as Golovin, Jardim reserved special praise for Benoît Badiashile after the game. Expect to see the 18-year-old keep his place in a back three, with Guillermo Maripan and Kamil Glik the most likely to keep him company. Jardim has a full squad to call upon, but for long-term absentees Danijel Subasic (groin) and Stevan Jovetic (MCL knee ligament).

History on Brest's side

Promoted Brest could prove to be a more difficult proposition than meets the eye, though. Les Ty' Zefs have a 100 percent record against Monaco in the top-flight - beating them 1-0 and 2-0 in the top-flight season they shared in 2010/11, and they form as well as history on their side.

Olivier Dall'Oglio's men were heavy underdogs at home to Olympique Lyonnais on Wednesday, but twice fought back from a goal down to snatch a 2-2 draw, with Court grabbing both goals against the team from whose youth academy he graduated in 2010.

Watch: Highlights of Brest's 2-2 draw with Lyon

Now three point clear or the relegation places, Dall'Oglio is refusing to get carried away.

'Learn from our mistakes'

"I am satisfied with how the lads played," he said. "We mustn't forget that we're new to Ligue 1 Conforama with players who haven't played at this level. To mix it with teams like Rennes and Lyon is very satisfying. There may have been mistakes but we learn from them. This team has the ability to play, to express itself."

Brest are without left-back Ludovic Baal due to a calf injury, but have an otherwise clean bill of health. Dall'Oglio could be tempted to rotate in places with the quick turnaround in fixtures, although his personnel, and 4-2-3-1 system, have been consistent so far this season.


Possible line-ups

Monaco: Lecomte; Maripan, Glik, Badiashile; Martins, Bakayoko, Fabregas, Golovin, Ballo-Touré; Ben Yedder, Slimani

Brest: Larsonneur; Faussurier, Castelletto, Bain, Perraud; Belkebla, Diallo; Court, Autret, Grandsir; Charbonnier