Monaco vs. Brest - prediction, team news, lineups
By Ben Knapton, Senior Reporter | 2d
With a win confirming their spot in Europe for the 2022-23 season, Monaco's final Ligue 1 home game of the campaign sees them welcome Brest to the Stade Louis II on Saturday.
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Les Monegasques sunk dethroned champions Lille 2-1 on matchday 36, whereas Les Pirates went down 1-0 at home to top-five hopefuls Strasbourg.
Monaco had starboy Aurelien Tchouameni to thank for their 2-1 success over Lille last time out, as the 22-year-old's stock continued to rise with two thunderbolts to cancel out Angel Gomes's equaliser - propelling Les Monegasques to their eighth win in a row in Ligue 1.
Clement's side now have their top-three destiny in their own hands as they occupy third place in the table, while also knowing that at least one of Marseille and Rennes will drop points in their mammoth encounter, but Nice are still just two points behind Les Monegasques as they prepare to take on Lille.
The fight for Champions League football will likely go right down to the wire on the final matchday, but victory over Brest would at least ensure that Monaco would be condemned to Europa Conference League football at the very worst before they travel to Lens next weekend, which is hardly a walk in the park.
Monaco's sensational streak of victories has also seen them average over two goals per game, while they have only let in one goal in their last four Ligue 1 games at the Stade Louis II - a resilience which a shot-shy Brest side are fighting an uphill battle to wear down.
Looking to pick up a ninth Ligue 1 win on the bounce, AS Monaco will play host to Stade Brestois at the Stade Louis II on Saturday.
The visitors saw their three-game winning streak come to an end last time out and will seek to quickly return to winning ways.
Monaco maintained their charge for an automatic UEFA Champions League qualification spot, claiming a 2-1 win over deposed champions Lille on Friday.
They have now won their last eight games, scoring 19 goals and conceding six since a 1-1 draw with Sporting Braga in the UEFA Europa League on March 17. With 65 points from 36 games, Monaco are third in the Ligue 1 standings, three points off Marseille in the automatic UEFA Champions League qualification spot.