Amiens and Monaco meet for the first time in Ligue 1 Conforama on Friday evening and the champions are aiming to move to within a point of leaders Paris Saint-Germain.
Amiens SC – AS Monaco The clubs haven’t faced each other at all since the 2011-2012 season in Ligue 2 when Monaco won 2-1 at the Stade de la Licorne thanks to goals from Edgar Salli and Tristan Dingomé. That was right at the start of the Dimitri Rybolovlev era and Ludovic Giuly captained the principality club. Since then Monaco have won their eighth French title and reached the semi-finals of the Champions League while Amiens have recovered from the wilderness of the third tier to feature in Ligue 1 Conforama for the first time since being founded in 1901.
Monaco hopeful El Tigre will return
Monaco coach Leonardo Jardim is again without full-back Djibril Sidibé, sidelined with a groin problem, but is hopeful Radamel Falcao – the joint-top scorer in Ligue 1 Conforama with Edinson Cavani – will be OK to start. Jardim said: “We’ll have to wait for another week for Sidibé to return to training. Falcao was injured and he’s back in the squad. Joao Moutinho is getting better and better with time. I don’t know if they’ll be able to start. There’s a greater chance of Falcao starting, for Moutinho we’ll have to wait.”