Laurens: Falcao on fire as champions Monaco should continue winning start in Ligue 1 tonight

Metz v Monaco, Friday 7.45pm

Monaco, who travel to Metz on Friday, have made a perfect start this season with two wins in two league matches so far. They have now won their last 14 Ligue 1 matches, equalling an old record owed by Bordeaux.

A win on Friday evening would take them to 15 which would be an incredible achievement. For their trip to Metz, after victories at home against Toulouse (3-2) and away at Dijon (4-1), they will be with a full strength squad.

Kylian Mbappé, however, has been dropped from the squad. He didn't start and didn’t feature at all at Dijon last weekend because the club didn’t feel he was fully committed to play. He wants to leave Monaco to go to PSG but the club doesn’t want to sell him there. So for the moment he is not involved. 

His teammates played great without him against Dijon. Radamel Falcao is on fire with a hat-trick last weekend and four goals in the first two league matches. Monaco played very well despite losing key players like Bakayoko, Silva and Mendy this summer. They will be full of confidence going into this game.

Manager Leonardo Jardim will field his usual 4-4-2 with young Diakhaby up front alongside Falcao. Almany Touré is back from injury and Rachid Ghezzal makes his first appearance in the squad in replacement of Mbappé. 

Monaco have a great record at Metz. They won 7-0 last season in the league and have lost there since 2006! For Metz, this is another really tough game already this season after they lost their first two, against Guingamp at home (3-1) and away at Bordeaux (2-0).

Monaco will be a much tougher challenge even and Metz are not really ready for it. The manager Philippe Hinschberger might start his new signing Cafu in midfield. Nolan Roux will start up front while captain Milan Bisevac leads the defence. I expect Monaco to win quite easily. 

Score prediction: Metz 0 Monaco 3 (9.50)

First goal prediction: Falcao (3.60)

Best bet: Monaco to win both halves (3.90)