Preview - Monaco vs Lyon 5th Feb 2018

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Match Day 24
Monaco vs Lyon
Monday, February 5th, 2018
4:00 am (GMT +8 Timing)
Stadium: Stade Louis II (Monaco)

Last five matches form: W D L W D
Average goals per match: 2.3
Average goals against per match: 1
Top Scorer: Radamel Falcao (19)

Last five matches form: L W W W D
Average goals per match: 2.3
Average goals against per match: 1.1
Top Scorer: Nabil Fekir (16)

Huge match with Champions League qualifying implications. Lyon sits in second place with 48 points and Monaco sit at fourth place with 47 points; both teams want to win to take hold of the coveted final direct Champions League qualification spot (PSG are first with an 11-point lead on Lyon).

Lyon saw their undefeated streak come to an end last weekend with a 3-1 loss at the hands of Bordeaux. However, they did defeat Monaco 3-2 in the Coupe de France at the Stade Louis II two weeks ago. Les Lyonnais will surely be welcoming a repeat of that result this time around. Alexandre Lacazette left Lyon for Arsenal in the summer, but Nabil Fekir has picked up the slack. 24-year-old Fekir is having a breakout season, having already scored 16 goals this year, including five in his last six appearances in Ligue 1.

Monaco are enjoying a good run of goal-scoring in their home stadium; they have scored at least two goals in nine of their last twelve home games this season. Radamel Falcao is their leading scorer and captain. The Colombian is in fine form, having scored 19 Ligue 1 goals already.

Defensively, however, both teams seem to be struggling. Lyon are conceding an average of one goal per game away from home (12 goals in 12 matches); Monaco are conceding at the same clip at home (12 goals in 12 matches).

Goal scoring does not seem to be an issue with either team, considering that both are scoring at a high rate (Lyon have scored 52 goals in 23 matches, Monaco 53 goals in 23 matches), the chances of the game ending in a 0-0 draw are low.

Prediction: Monaco 2-1 Lyon


Half Time: 2:2
Full Time: 3:2
Shots: 10:10
Shots on target: 7:4
Corner Kicks: 3:7
Possession: 38:62

It was a fantastic back and forth game at the Stade Louis II between Monaco and Lyon today. The Monegasque club recovered from being 2-0 and emerge victorious even after going down to 10 men.

Lyon were off to a great start as they took the lead in the 12th minute. Memphis Depay galloped down the sideline and passed to Mariano Diaz who shot from a very long distance and into the bottom left corner. Goalkeeper Danijel Subasic should have done better in his attempt to make the save. In his attempt to make the save though, Subasic slammed into the post and had to be substituted.

Lyon doubled their lead in the 27th minute. Ferland Mendy sent a cross from the left and Bertrand Traore beat Jemerson to the ball, volleying the cross into the net at the front post.

Keita Balde breathed life into the home team in the 31st minute. The Senegalese forward received the ball near midfield and went on a wonderful slalom, beating 3 defenders and firing the ball into the bottom left corner of the goal.

The pressure seemed to have gotten to Lyon. In the 35th minute, Mendy pulled Kamil Glik's jersey in the penalty area during a set piece, earning himself a yellow card and giving up a penalty kick in the process. Captain Radamel Falcao stepped up to take the penalty kick, which was initially saved by goalkeeper Anthony Lopes. Falcao was quick to react and got to the rebound, which he slotted home with a left footed shot.

Keita Balde would go from hero to villain in the 44th minute when he received his second yellow card after a reckless challenge on Ferland Mendy. With the score at 2-2, Monaco would have to survive the entire second half with 10 men.

This didn't seem to put a damper on the home team though. Monaco pressed and were rewarded in the 89th minute when Rony Lopes intercepted a pass, played the ball to Stefan Jovetic who skillfully turned his defender and laid it back to Lopes. The Portuguese youngster fired a first time left footed volley into the bottom right corner. There was nothing the Lyon goalkeeper could do about it.

Monaco's perseverance paid off as they now jump Lyon and are in sole possession of third place in Ligue 1 with 50 points, one point behind Marseille, and two points ahead of Lyon.

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