It’s unclear how you follow a game with eight goals and a post-game tunnel head-butt, but that is the job for the six Ligue 1 sides playing on Sunday.
All eyes will be on the Stade Chaban Delmas this evening as Liverpool target Radamel Falcao could make his first start of the season. Monaco desperately need him to stay at the Monegasque club, but with Premier League clubs and Real Madrid all gunning for him, it could be his first and last appearance.
Sunday’s action was meant to kick-off in Marseille at lunch-time, but the high temperatures in the region led to the LFP moving the game to the afternoon. Marseille v Montpellier and Saint-Etienne v Stade de Reims start at 4pm. Both games should produce goals and there are some interesting match-ups on all sides.
Marcelo Bielsa is trying to implement his famous 3-3-3-1 formation with Marseille. In an attacking sense it worked perfectly against Bastia, the away side scored three. Striker Andre-Pierre Gignac scored twice and the formation looks to fit him perfectly, but defensively there are problems.
Marseille threw away a 3-1 lead against Bastia, drew the game 3-3. They then sold a centre-back to Qatar and left themselves with only Nicolas N’Koulou that was a first-team member last season. Full-backs and midfielders are having to adapt to help Bielsa play with three at the back.
Montpellier may not have the fire power to trouble the defence though. Expect a home win.
Saint-Etienne take on Reims at the Stade Geoffrey-Guichard. The away side caused a shock during the opening game when they drew 2-2 with Paris Saint-Germain, but it will take a very good performance to get anything from the Chaudron.
The late game sees Bordeaux take on Monaco in the Gironde region. The away side needs to bounce back from the shock defeat to Lorient. It wasn’t just the result, but the performance itself was terribly disappointing.
Falcao started on the bench last week, if he gets a start on Sunday he could make a huge difference if his teammates can get him in the right positions.
He has been heavily linked with a move to Liverpool and Real Madrid in the last few weeks. The Colombian striker is still trying to get back to full match fitness, and no matter if he stays or not, he needs to get back to being one of Europe’s top strikers.
Monaco need goals, Falcao needs to find the back of the net. Potential suitors will be very interested to see how he fairs this evening in Bordeaux.