Monaco will be looking for their first points in Ligue 1 in front of their home crowd on Sunday against Nîmes in a third day where Toulouse moves into the den of a Paris SG revenge after his first setback suffered last weekend.
Once again, the championship of France is turned upside down by external events. Authorities have imposed on the League, as in yellow jackets last season, the postponement of three posters in the middle of next week, because of G7 in Biarritz.
As a result, there will only be four games on Saturday night (8.00 pm) and three more on Sunday.
That day, Monaco will open the ball (15:00) and, we hope in the Principality, its points counter.
The ASM did not get back on track in the offseason, traumatized by the previous nightmarish exercise that saw it flirting dangerously with the relegation zone until the end. Before receiving Nîmes, she began the season with two severe defeats against Lyon and then against the promoted Metz (3-0 each time), without scoring a single goal.
The current red lantern continues to strengthen its workforce. After making her market in France, with the arrival of former Montpellier's Benjamin Lecomte and Ruben Aguilar, she recruited international tricolor Wissam Ben Yedder and attracted the Algerian striker Islam Slimani, on loan from Leicester.
In his stadium Louis II, Monaco will challenge an opponent equally bad in point (s): Nimes has only suffered defeats since the recovery and comes to the Principality without his captain Anthony Briancon, suspended as the other defender Pablo Martinez.
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On the other side of the standings, the co-leader Rennes moves to Strasbourg (17:00) with the hope of continuing his departure canon.
Galvanized by their victories in Montpellier and in front of the Paris SG, the Bretons could take advantage of a possible decline in form of the Alsatians, winners at the forceps of Eintracht Frankfurt (1-0) Thursday in the first leg of the Europa League.
In the evening, the lights will turn on the Parc des Princes where the French champion Paris receives Toulouse (21:00) in redemption, a week after stumbling on the lawn of Rennes.
Coach Thomas Tuchel, already under pressure, should still be deprived of his superstar Neymar, the showdown with the club's management to leave the French capital two years after his record transfer (222 million euros) from Barça .
The end of the transfer window, set for 2 September, is approaching. And the summer saga around the Brazilian continues to pollute the environment of the PSG, without a positive outcome for both parties is clear.
A victory against the TFC, right in front of him in the standings (7th with 4 points), would offer a welcome welcome to PSG in these stormy weather.
Program of the 3rd day of Ligue 1:
Saturday, August 24th:
(8 pm) Angers - Metz
Dijon - Bordeaux
Brest - Reims
Amiens - Nantes
Sunday, August 25th:
(3 pm) Monaco - Nîmes
(5 pm) Strasbourg - Rennes
(9 pm) Paris SG - Toulouse
Tuesday, August 27:
(19h00) Montpellier - Lyon
Wednesday, August 28:
(7 pm) Lille - Saint-Etienne
(21h00) Nice - Marseille
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