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Profitless Monaco will try to start their Ligue 1 season when they travel to Troy On Sunday.
The Monegasque have only got one point from their first three games, while the team from Grand Est have not yet won a victory after being promoted from the second division.
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After finishing third in Ligue 1 in 2020-21, the highest since 2018, Monaco started the new campaign with a crooked look despite spending more than € 30m (£ 25.7m) in the summer Myron Boadu, Jean Lucas and Ismail Jacob.
After the 1-1 draw against Nantes on the opening weekend Niko KovacThe men lost 1-0 away in Lorient and were then beaten 2-0 at home by Lens last weekend Alexander Golovin sent too late to aggravate their suffering.
Things didn’t get any better on Wednesday night when Monaco drew 2-2 in the second leg of the Champions League playoffs against Shakhtar Donetsk, meaning they lost 3-2 overall and fell back to the Europa League group stage.
Kovac admitted that “football is really cruel at times” after his team in Ukraine was knocked out in added time.
However, Monaco are unbeaten in their last four games against Troyes, with the Grand Est team last winning in 2012.
While Monaco’s weak start came unexpectedly, Troyes would have known a difficult season was ahead – their last four top division seasons ended in relegation, while they haven’t had any consecutive Ligue 1 seasons since 2006.
Laurent Batlles‘s team lost only once at home on the way to the Ligue 2 title last season and ended their three-year absence in the top division.
Troyes even took the lead against Paris Saint-Germain on the opening weekend, but lost 2-1 before being defeated 2-0 by newly promoted Clermont Foot.
A first point came last weekend in the 1-1 draw against Strasbourg as last season’s top scorer Yoann Touzghar scored early on before les Coureurs equalized 13 minutes from time.
Batlles have praised his side for creating chances in their first three games but admitted “we need to be better at clearing them”.
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World cup winner Adil Rami signed for Troyes on Tuesday but the 35-year-old may have to wait for his debut.
Be right back Issa Kabore, on loan from Manchester City, is again available for travel to Strasbourg after being suspended.
Having been heavily linked with a move from the club this summer, Yoann Touzghar has signed a new deal with Troyes and will continue to start ahead of the game.
Aleksandr Golovin’s red card last weekend meant that he was not eligible for Sunday’s game against Monaco; Gelson Martins should replace him on the right wing.
Myron Boadu is also pushing for a start in advance Wissam Ben Yedderwho scored 20 goals in Ligue 1 last season but didn’t score in the first three league games of the new season.
Strahinja Pavlovic and Krepin Diatta Both were absent from the Shakhtar Donetsk trip to mid-week, which makes them dubious for this game.
Troyes possible starting line-up:
Gallon; Kabore, Hajjam, Giraudon, Salmier, Biancone; Balde, Kouame, Tardieu, Ripart; Touzghar
Monaco possible starting line-up:
Navel; Aguilar, Disasi, Pavlovic, Jakobs; Martins, Tchouameni, Lucas, Diop; Ben Yedder, Boadu
Probability: Troyes 0-1 Monaco
Monaco are in a difficult time with the season less than a month old but this could be the game that gives them an international break.
Troyes are still on their feet after promotion and so far haven’t shown much that they will survive so we think it will be a close away win.
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