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Claudio Ranieri's men have captured the world's attention with their free-spending summer and Al Hain-Cole expects their emphasis on attackers to lead to a high-scoring game

All eyes will be fixed on the Stade Chaban Delmas on Saturday, as Monaco’s newly-assembled team of superstars take on Bordeaux in their first Ligue 1 match since returning to France’s top flight.

The visitors’ €150 million summer spending spree means they will be expected to push for the title straight away after gaining promotion, and they are favourites at 6/4 (2.50) with bet365 to start the season with a win.

However, Francis Gillot’s men have lost just four of their last 37 home league fixtures, and are available at 2/1 (3.00) to come out on top against their affluent opponents.

Two of the last three meetings between these opponents have resulted in draws, and you can get odds of 2/1 (3.00) on them cancelling each other out once again this time out.

After two seasons in Ligue 2, les-Rouges-et-Blancs are spending plenty of billionaire owner Dmitry Rybolovlev’s money in order to make up for lost time among the top flight, although the vast majority of their hefty investment has notably been spent on attacking players.

While the signings of Radamel Falcao, James Rodriguez and Joao Moutinho should guarantee Claudio Ranieri’s men plenty of goals, veteran free transfers Eric Abidal and Ricardo Carvalho’s combined age of 68 means they do not inspire too much confidence as a defensive partnership, and are surely susceptible to pace.

With the visitors obviously putting the onus on attack, odds of 13/10 (2.30) cannot be ignored on over 2.5 goals going in, particularly as this bet would have paid out in 11 of the sides’ combined 13 pre-season fixtures.

The man who will undoubtedly cause the aging Monegasque defence the biggest headache is Cheick Diabate, who finished last season with a flourish to bag 10 goals in his last nine games, including the strike that won les Girondins the cup.

The tall Malian striker is central to all of his side’s best attacking play, and looks to provide excellent value at 2/1 (3.00) to find the net on Saturday.

BET
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BEST BET
VALUE BET
Over 2.5 goals for a 1pt stake at 13/10 (2.30) with bet365
Cheick Diabate to score anytime for a 1pt stake at 2/1 (3.00) with bet365

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Al Hain-Cole is a Liverpool fan, experienced tipster and avid follower of European football. He specialises in accumulators and if you would like to read more from Al you can follow him on Twitter here.

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