Two of the best Italian sides are found in what should be a closely fighting game, in which, I think, one goal will be solved, the corresponding final last season was a draw, so don’t expect many goals
Norwich have been overtaken by Leeds United after their loss to Preston North End but taking on Bolton should offer them an easier outing. The Championship’s second best scoring side, Norwich, will be counting on its attack line as they face the league’s worst scorers; Norwich have scored 61 goals so far, only the second side to hit over 60 goals so far, after West Bromwich Albion, who have one more. Norwich have beaten Bolton five times in the last seven meetings and this should be a game they approach with much confidence after their setback against Preston and having already picked a 3 – 2 win in the first leg this season, they will be even more confident. The loss to Preston ended a four match unbeaten run for Norwich, which had three wins but in the last 10 matches they have been a bit shaky, with just the three wins in the last 10 matches, and a very porous defence, that has conceded 17 goals in the last 10 matches, kept one clean sheet and the team gotten eliminated from the FA Cup by Portsmouth. Bolton on the other hand, are coming from a win, a slim one over Birmingham City but they have not had a good run, winning just three of the last 24 and they have no win in the last four home matches in the Championship.
They may have risen from the automatic relegation spots but Monaco are still not out of the blues as yet, with just one win in their last eight matches and no clean sheets in their last nine matches. They have however been improving in attack, and their woes are mainly defensive. In the last three matches, Monaco have scored twice in each game but they have managed to win just one of them. With 23 goals in 24 matches in Ligue 1, we can say they are not doing so badly on the attacking front. But they have conceded 41 goals in the same run, a tally only better than bottom placed Guingamp, who have conceded 48 and Monaco have the third worst goal difference in the league. They have played 12 home matches in Ligue 1 and just managed their first home win of the season in the last game, against Toulouse; they will be hoping to get the second here. It will not be easy, with Nantes carrying two straight away wins to the game. Nantes have however managed four losses and a win in their last five away Ligue 1 matches while only four of the last 15 league matches away from home have ended in wins for the side. Nantes have scored just one goal in the last five away league matches. Nantes have one win and Monaco five in the two sides’ last seven meetings and even at their lowest, Monaco picked a 3 – 1 win over Nantes away in the first leg this season.