The New York Islanders are Overachieving in 2018-2019
The New York Islanders are overachieving in the 2018-2019 season. Why's this the case?
This Ligue Un clash should be fantastic as it’s the French powerhouse of PSG against the reigning champions AS Monaco. These two teams are top in the Ligue Un table at the moment and both these sides have been incredible this season. Of course you would expect nothing less as Ligue Un doesn’t have the highest caliber of football. PSG are currently ahead of Monaco by 6 points and have been dominating Ligue Un with 11 wins and 2 draws meaning their unbeaten going into this match. Monaco have won 9 drawn 2 and lost 2 which is also a fantastic record considering they lost key players like Bakayoko, Mendy, Silva and of course Mbappe who is now at rivals PSG. I think this game will really test if Paris’ “super team” is at the level that it should be.
The Paris front 3 of Neymar, Mbappe and Cavani have scored 26 goals in Ligue Un this season which is incredible. Although there haven’t been perfect relationships between some of the PSG players they are playing at an astounding level of football and they’re scoring left, right and center. Monaco haven’t been bad when scoring either and main man Falcao has 13 of their 35 goals this season. This could be a very attacking game and if it is players like this will have to be on top of their game. Even if it’s a game where both teams try to shut out the opposition, any chance will be important and the strikers will have to be critical in front of goal.
PSG have also been great at the back only conceding 9 goals in 13 matches while Monaco have conceded 13. I think this defensive stability will be important as they’ll try to keep players like Falcao and Balde Diao out of the box. I think that PSG could decide to go all-out defensive in this match and honestly that might be the best option for them. If they play players like Thiago Motta and Adrien Rabiot who are more defensive midfielders they could shut off the game. I think that even if they take a defensive route they have enough attacking talent to put one or two past their opposition and clinch a win in this game. And as mentioned before, the Monaco players need to put away every chance they get in this match.
A player that we have to talk about going into this match is Kylian Mbappe. He comes up against his former side Monaco after his 180 million euro deal this summer. After an absolutely incredible season at Monaco the 18 year old found himself seeking a club of a higher class. It seemed like there were many clubs who wanted the youngster but in the end he made the move to Paris his hometown club. At his last season at Monaco he scored 21 goals and got 8 assists in 23 appearances in all competitions. Although this record is insane some people thought it might just be a fluke, however he’s delivering at PSG too with 6 goals and 7 assists in 12 matches for them this season. I think the PSG fans would absolutely love it if he were to score in this crucial game for them.
Of course I think this game will be incredibly tight as these two sides have been brilliant lately and they’ll come into this one ready to fight. Although it will be tight I think that PSG have the statistical advantage over their opponents and it would be very difficult for Monaco to throw PSG out of this hot streak that they’re on. Monaco will have to either be in outstanding form or get lucky to win this game in my opinion. Although it is possible I think it’s highly unlikely that Monaco will win and I believe that PSG will win 2-1.