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Monaco hope to kick off Ligue 1 title defence on victorious note


Monaco launch the defence of their Ligue 1 title against visiting Toulouse.

This will be a new chapter in Monaco’s campaign as several of their players who helped them win the crown last term have already left.

Since Leonardo Jardim’s side clinched the title, midfielders Bernardo Silva and Tiemoué Bakayoko as well as defender Bernard Mendy have decided to see action in the English Premier League.

Also bothering the club is the saga on young sensation Kylian Mbappe.

There have been rumours that the teenage striker could relocate to Spain and play for La Liga giants Real Madrid amidst a world record pay.

Despite the Mbappe brouhaha, Monaco are hoping they could re-enact their superb form the last term.

There is high expectations for big signings like Anderlecht midfielder Youri Tielemans and defender Terence Kongolo.

However, it remains to be seen if they can fill the void of those who left.

Monaco shone on various fronts last season. They advanced to the Champions League semi-finals and the final of the French League Cup, but they fell short.

Against Toulouse, the visitors should not pose too much of a problem.

But Toulouse, last year’s 13th placers, are also confident to upset the hosts.

They are pinning much hopes on former Arsenal striker Yaya Sanogo, who should finally get the opportunity show that he is a first-choice player.

For this match, Monaco are favoured over Toulouse.

In their last five league meetings, Monaco won three games, all at Stade Louis II, sending signals that Toulouse need to bring their game to the highest level to drop the upset axe in this away sortie.

Toulouse had a win at home, while the other fixture resulted in a draw.

A win for Monaco pays 1.31, while Toulouse are priced to prevail at 8.20. A draw pays 4.75.