AS Monaco had a catastrophic start to the season but, having changed managers after round10, they seem to be on the comeback trail…
23 goals scored: 2 from outside the area, 2 penalties (ASSE and Troyes), 7 goals from centres, 1 after a corner. No headed goals, and no goals from or after free kicks. 11 goals in the first half and 12 in the second. Touré 5 goals, Menez 3, Di Vaio 3, Gapke 3, Koller 2, Kallon 2, Gerard 1, Modesto 1, Nimani 1, Meriem 1, Leko 1.
21 goals conceded: 6 outside the area, 3 headers, 2 penalties (Lens and Le Mans), 1 own goal (Bolivar against Sedan), 4 from centres, 1 after a corner, no goals from or after a free kick. 11 goals in the first half and 10 after the break.
Bölöni managed the team for its first 10 games this season. His record? 7 points (2 wins, 1 draw and 7 losses). Laurent Banide succeeded him and in 8 matches has garnered a total of 12 points (3 wins, 3 draws and 2 losses).
Monaco were eliminated from the coupe de la Ligue in the round of 16 by Reims.
Goalkeeper Roma is their only player to have played in every minute of all 18 matches this season. 26 players have been used. Gigliotti, Veigneau and Maurice-Belay are on loan; Touré, Bolivar, Cufré have come in since the start of the season. 39 yellow cards: Bernardi 7, Leko 6, Gakpe 4, Plasil 3, Givet 3, Cufré 3, Perez 3... 7 red cards: Gigliotti 1, Kallon 1, Bölöni 1, Cufre 1, Plasil 1, Perez 1, Bernardi1. The Argentine Bernardi is the most-cautioned player in the league behind Nice’s Rool (9 yellow cards).
This will be the 43rd meeting in Ligue 1 between these two teams at Gerland. Monaco has won 12, 11 have been draws and OL has won 19. Monaco last won at Gerland in 2002-2003 (3-1 with a great goal from Nonda).