A Ligue 1 match at 1 p.m., really? Yes, yes, this is the case for this Troyes – AS Monaco, counting for the 4th day of the championship. As we know that the schedule is unusual and may discourage some, here is why we must not miss this meeting.

It’s time to pull in. Despite a good quality of play, the balance sheet in Ligue 1 did not live up to Niko Kovac’s expectations. After an inaugural draw against Nantes (1-1), Monaco followed two consecutive defeats in the league, in Lorient (1-0) then against Lens (2-0).

Against the promoted Aube, the Red and Whites will therefore try to win their first success of the season in Ligue 1. Facing them will stand a formation which, too, is looking for its first victory since the resumption. What to offer a nice spectacle.

In general, the clashes between Troyes and AS Monaco mostly turn in favor of the Rocher club, which remains on a streak of seven wins and three draws in the last ten Ligue 1 games against ESTAC. The last Monegasque defeat against Troyes in the elite dates back to January 23, 2002 (3-0).

Even better, these games often provide a festival of goals for Monaco, who have scored three or more times in 9 of their last 16 games against ESTAC. With a climax of a 6-0 on the last day of the 2002-2003 season, with a hat-trick from Shabani Nonda, a brace from Dado Prso and a goal from Jérôme Rothen.

The promoted ones who “concrete” are not for this season. With Troyes and Clermont, Ligue 1 won two teams with an offensive playing philosophy and pleasant to watch. Last year, ESTAC also finished Ligue 2 champion, combining style and efficiency.

Positioned in a moving 3-4-3, with fast attacking play, Laurent Battles’s team has sometimes recalled those coached by Marcelo Bielsa. It was without denying her principles that she shoved PSG in the first match of the season (1-2), embarrassed Clermont before being reduced to ten (0-2), then obtained a point in Strasbourg (1 -1). Against the team of Niko Kovac, also on the offensive, it promises a good opposition.

Want to watch sports early in the afternoon on Sunday? It is inevitably in front of Troyes-Monaco that we will have to land. Two matches are in “competition” with that of our Red and Whites and, although also tempting, they do not make the weight: FC Utrecht – Feyenoord Rotterdam at 12:15 and La Gantoise – Club Bruges at 13:30.

If you are fond of Formula 1, the start of the Belgian Grand Prix will be given at 3 p.m., allowing you a superb sequence with the Monaco match. And if you’re more of a little queen, you won’t miss anything at the end of the 15th stage of the Vuelta either. Ideal.

Ok, the weather is nice. Okay, vacation is almost over. But admit that a little dead end on the Sunday lunchtime “overcooked merguez – chips” combo, in the full sun on your in-laws’ terrace, wouldn’t be to displease you, would it?

Good thing, this Sunday you have a perfectly valid reason to slip away for 90 minutes and enjoy this great Ligue 1 game. And if necessary, Niko Kovac can give you a word of apology.

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