AS Monaco have the chance to go clear at the top of Ligue 1 and put three points between them and PSG, who beat Sijon last night. To do it, they will need to overcome their neighbours Nice in what promises to be a thrilling local derby!
— AS MONACO 🇲🇨 (@AS_Monaco) 19 September 2016
The Monegasques are on a hot streak, having won seven games in a row in all competitions, while OGC Nice have not lost at home in Ligue 1 in their last eight matches.
Polish central defender Kamil Glik talked about the importance of derby matches: "A derby is always a special game. The supporters expect us to work even harder and that's what we'll do. Aside from the fact that it's a derby, this will be a special match as it's first against second place".
Leonardo Jardim also stressed just how big a derby is: "Playing in a derby is great. It's a very important match for the fans and the club."
For this derby, Leonardo Jardim will be able to call on Tiemoué Bakayoko who is back in the squad. However, Benjamin Mendy, who is getting back to fitness, and Nabil Dirar, under treatment for an injury, will be absent.
AS Monaco are unbeaten at the Allianz Riviera in four visits to Nice's home stadium since 2013. Even better, the Red & Whites have won on each of those visits, three times in Ligue 1 and once in the Coupe de France.
Nice are having their best start to a season since 1977-1978 and already have 11 points on the board after five games. Leonardo Jardim is expecting a difficult match: "OGC Nice have progressed. They have signed two or three key players. Their level is a little higher than last year."
Bernardo Silva has scored two goals on AS Monaco's last two visits to the Allianz Riviera.
— AS MONACO 🇲🇨 (@AS_Monaco) 21 September 2016