Monaco will battle Trabzonspor for three points this Thursday when both sides meet at Stade Louis II in the third group game of the 2022/23 Europa League campaign.
Venue: Stade Louis II (Monaco)
Monaco have lost just two of their last eight European games (W3, D3) at home.
They have a perfect split record from their ten prior outings against Turkish opposition (W4, D2, L4).
Only one of Monaco’s last nine UEL home games has seen three or more goals.
Trabzonspor are without a win in 90 minutes across their last seven European away games (D1, L6).
Trabzonspor remains unbeaten across their three European away matches against French opposition (W2, D1).
They are currently on a run of 15 UEL games without a clean sheet.
Head to head
This will be the first meeting between both sides.
Latest performances in all competitions
After struggling early in the season, Monaco have gotten back to their stride and come into this tie on the back of a thumping 4-1 victory over Nantes at the weekend.
The hosts opened the season with a disappointing loss to PSV in the UEFA Champions League playoffs. They also failed to win four of their opening five league games (W1, D2, L2). But since a 1-0 win over Nice in early September, Philippe Clement’s men have won three of their next league games in a row. They also beat Crvena Zvezda in the Europa League, with a 1-0 loss to Ferencvaros, the only blemish on their record in that period.
And so, Thursday night likely can’t come soon enough for the impressive Monaco side who will be keen on getting maximum points from this game to keep them competitive in this group. With three points after two Group H games, they remain firmly in the mix and are tied on three points with Trabzonspor, who they can overtake with a win here.
These back-to-back H2H games against Trabzonspor will probably play a huge role in deciding Monaco’s UEL fate, but with a perfect split record from their ten prior outings against Turkish opposition (W4, D2, L4) it’s hard to know what to expect from Monaco here.
However, the Monégasques will be glad to see this game fall at the Stade Louis II then, where they’ve lost just two of their last eight European games (W3, D3).
Possible Monaco starting line-up
Alex Nubel; Vanderson, Axel Disasi, Malang Sarr, Caio Henrique; Mohamed Camara, Youssouf Fofana, Krepin Diatta, Takumi Minamino; Breel Embolo, Wissam Ben Yedder.
Injured: Willem Geubbels, Ruben Aguilar
Trabzonspor will look to make it four wins in a row when they travel to Stade Louis II this Thursday.
The visitors have enjoyed an impressive run of results recently, with three wins from their last three games. One of those wins came in their last European game just before the international break–a 2-1 win over Crvena Zvezda.
The most recent wins were league wins against Gaziantep (3-2) and Kayserispor (2-1), keeping them just one point behind Basaksehir, who sit at the top of the table in the Turkish Super Lig.
They will travel to Monaco confident of getting a result. However, they have a poor run away from home in Europe. Abdullah Avcı’s side are without a win in 90 minutes across their last seven European away games (D1, L6).
Despite that miserable European away streak, the visitors have enjoyed better results in France, where Trabzonspor remain unbeaten across their three European away matches against French opposition (W2, D1). But to keep their unbeaten record going for another day, they will have to be very clinical in attack considering they are currently on a run of 15 UEL games without a clean sheet.
Possible Trabzonspor starting line-up
Ugurcan Cakir; Stryger Larsen, Marc Batra, Vitor Hugo, Eren Elmali; Marek Hamsik, Manolis Siopis; Abdulkadir Omur, Anastasios Bakasetas, Trezeguet; Maximiliano Gomez.
Injured: Serkan Asan, Dorukham Tokoz, Edin Visca
Doubtful: Bruno Peres
Monaco 2-1 Trabzonspor