Can Monaco Come Back from the Brink?

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Twelve months ago, AS Monaco were embroiled in a title race with PSG they were always going to lose.

However, the 2016/17 Ligue 1 champions were still riding high enjoying a period of success that looked set to continue at least for the foreseeable future.

Not so as it appears Monaco have collapsed this season in dramatic fashion and find themselves lurching from one disaster to another making now the best time to jump onboard with some of the best betting offers for you to consider as the 2004 Champions league runners up battle to avoid the drop.

After 23-games, Monaco find themselves 18th in the league level on points with 17th place Caen but with a goal difference that is seven worse off.

A far-cry from the last season exploits and already this season Monaco find themselves on their third manager – sort of.

Back to the Beginning

At the start of the campaign, Venezuelan Leonardo Jardim had been in charge of the French outfit since the summer of 2014.

He was the man at the helm when Monaco won the league title during the 2016/17 season and also won the manager of the year award that year.

However, things started to go sour and after 232 games in charge, Jardim was dismissed from Monaco in October with the club third from bottom (a position they are still in).

In came former player Thierry Henry and if anything, the club went from bad to worse.

From his twenty games in charge, Henry managed just four wins in all competitions and eleven defeats as the club dropped a further place back to 19th when the inevitable P45 came through the door on the 24th January.

In a bizarre twist, rather than turning to a fresh face, Monaco reinstated the man they had sacked in October Leonardo Jardim and already there has been an improvement.

Fight for Survival

Despite an opening loss to Dijon on the 26th January and a cup exit at the hands of Guingamp, Jardim recorded only Monaco’s fourth league win of the season over Toulouse at the weekend.

That was Monaco’s first Ligue 1 win since the fourth December when they won away at Amiens 2-0.

The good news for Monaco is that they still have to face Guingamp, Amiens, and Caen in the league again this season and with the likes of Radamel Falcao, Stevan Jovetić, and Gelson Martins in the squad, there should be more than enough fire power to keep them up.

Last season Lille just stayed up in 17th place with 38-points and although that is another 20-points on top of what Monaco has, one glance at the table will tell you that significantly less than that looks like doing the job this season.

Monaco are one of those clubs that are surely far to good to go down and despite a shocking opening six months, expect a late season resurgence to see them pull clear of danger.

 

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