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Stats 01 December 2020, 16:02

Eight key stats after the victory against Nîmes

Eight key stats after the victory against Nîmes
Ending an already very satisfying month of November on a high note, AS Monaco won this Sunday against Nîmes (3-0), after a meeting which the hosts controlled from start to finish. Let's take a look at this latest success with a few stats.

Three years. It has been almost three years to the day for AS Monaco to record four straight wins in Ligue 1. By dominating agaisnt Nîmes Olympique on Sunday at the Stade Louis-II (3-0), Niko Kovac’s Red and Whites won their fourth straight in the top flight. This had not happened since December 2017, when the team finished in second place.

November, a month of winning

Before wishing the teammates of Sofiane Diop, voted the Match MVP, the same success in 2021, it is necessary to look back at the stats that drove this latest convincing result, after the wins against Bordeaux, Nice and Paris Saint-Germain in November. Here are the stats to remember from the match against Nîmes Olympique, courtesy of our partner STATS.

3.29 expected goals

This is the number of expected goals for the Red & Whites in this match. This is slightly below the figure achieved against PSG (3.99), but still well above the team’s average since the start of the season (2.09). The Monegasques also had five “big chances”, again a figure better than the 2.8 on average they’ve recorded since the first day of the league season.

6 key passes

This is the number of key passes before a shot by Ruben Aguilar. A figure (much) higher than usual. AS Monaco also managed six crosses in the game, two of which came from … the French right back! Six crosses is also more than the team’s average over the twelve games played to date (3.8). With an assist for Gelson Martins’s header, the Côte d’Azur defender was omnipresent throughout the match, which earned him a place in l’Équipe’s team of the week for Matchday 12

95.2% pass completion rate

Again a starter on the left flank in Niko Kovac’s 4-4-2, Gelson Martins had a pass completion rate of 95.2% in 80 minutes of play (88% average for the Red and Whites), before being replaced by Fodé Ballo-Touré. The Portuguese winger also scored his tenth goal in Ligue 1 with AS Monaco, on a fine cushioned header.

9 recoveries

Against Les Crocos Youssouf Fofana recovered nine balls from the opposition, the best total for a Monaco player in this match. Among the 30 players who took part in the match, only Adriàn Cubas did better (11). It was a performance that allowed the Red and White midfielder to also be in the team of the Matchday, for the third time in a row.

5 goals

Kevin Volland has scored five goals in games played at Stade Louis-II this season. Only Ibrahima Niane, FC Metz striker, has done as well in Ligue 1. No player from the five major leagues has scored more home goals than the German center-forward in 2020/21, without scoring away from home.

4 wins

The Rouge et Blancs have won each of their last four matches in Ligue 1, a first in a single season since December 2017 (4). You even have to go back to the 2016-2017 title season to find any trace of a longer streak (12).

23 points

AS Monaco have 23 points after 12 Ligue 1 matches in this 2020-21 season, which is more than in their 2 previous years combined at the same stadium (7 in 2018-19 and 15 in 2019-20). The Principality’s club have always finished on the podium at the end of the season when they had at least as many points after their first 12 meetings in the era of the 3-point victory.

20 matches

AS Monaco have scored at least one goal in each of their last 20 Ligue 1 home matches (47 goals overall). It’s the best current streak in the top flight, where no team has done better.

 

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