Ligue 1 is the biggest soccer competition of France and ranks fifth in Europe. Ligue has 20 clubs competing in it. There is a total of 380 matches spanning the August-May time period (with a couple weeks of suspension before Chrismas each winter). The AS Monaco vs Toulouse match is scheduled for 2:40 PM EST today afternoon and marks the beginning of the tournament season of 2017-18.
Known as one of the best professional leagues and ranked among the top association soccer club competitions in Europe, Ligue 1 is a very interesting competition that has a pool of great talent — both French and foreign (contract moves).
Date and Time: August 4th, 2017 2:40 PM EST
Venue: Stade Louis II, Monaco-Ville
TV: beIN SPORTS (US and Canada)
AS Monaco is the current champion (their 8th title in Ligue 1). It is also the only non-French club.
PSG, considered one of the stronger teams in the French tournament, suffered a defeat to AS Monaco last season. The reason was mainly the energetic offensive strategy that Monaco deploys. This time, things will be different. Three ace players have left the team. Benjamin Mendy and Bernardo Silva have gone to Manchester City. Tiemoue Bakayoko plays for Chelsea now. With these deductions, the offense will surely be affected, even if new players Terence Kongolo (used to play for Feyenoord) and Youri Tielemans (used to play for Anderlecht) have joined the team.
AS Monaco still has a solid presence in the tournament. They are considered one of the strongest teams in Ligue 1. They also have a good track record against Toulouse.
The track record of Toulouse is bad, both in the tournament and against Monaco. Out of the eight times, they have met Monaco, they have won just once and drew twice. In the 2015-16 season, they barely avoided relegation. Last season, however, they improved their position significantly with a 13th place finish. Further, the changes in the roster are also inspiring, so perhaps they will surprise us, as they once did in a 3-1 victory against Monaco in last season’s first leg.