This Sunday, a clash between two top five teams in Ligue 1 will unfold as AS Monaco head to the Allianz Riviera to take on OGC Nice. Both squads are vying for a crucial victory in their quest for an automatic UEFA Champions League spot for the 2024-25 season.
The two teams are meeting for the second time this season, with Nice having secured a 1-0 road win in September. Jérémie Boga scored a stoppage-time goal in the second half, which was the difference-maker.
Nice bounced back from a goalless stalemate against Stade Brestois last weekend, clinching a 4-1 victory over Montpellier HSC in the Coupe de France Round of 16 on Wednesday to secure their spot in the quarterfinals.
Francesco Farioli and his squad have experienced a dip in form over the past few weeks, enabling teams such as LOSC Lille and Brest to close in on second place; securing a victory against Monaco will be crucial to maintaining their current standing.
Monaco have also dropped points, recently, which has allowed Lille and Brest to leapfrog them, pushing them down to fifth place. After third-division side FC Rouen eliminated Adi Hütter and his squad from the Coupe de France, Monaco need a bounce-back win.
Le Rouge et Blanc have faced a challenging beginning to 2024 in Ligue 1 season, failing to secure a league victory in the calendar year. Monaco must avoid any slip-ups in a tightly contested race atop the Ligue 1 table if they aim to secure a spot in the Champions League next season.