Preview - Lyon vs Monaco 17 December 18

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Match Day 17
Lyon vs. Monaco
Monday, December 17th 2018
04:00am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Groupama Stadium

Last five matches form: D W W D L
Average goals per match: 1.63
Average goals against per match: 1.25
Top Scorer: Houssem Aouar, Memphis Depay & Bertrand Traoré (5)

Last five matches form: L L W L W
Average goals per match: 1.00
Average goals against per match: 1.50
Top Scorer: Radamel Falcao (7)

The first shoots of recovery since Thierry Henry took the reigns at Monaco have begun to emerge in the past couple of weeks. They are nevertheless still entrenched in the relegation zone though and face a stern test on Match Day 17 as they travel to the Groupama Stadium to take on fourth placed Lyon.

Amazingly the past three games between these two sides have all finished with a 3-2 score line. Lyon winning this game in the league last season and at Monaco in the cup, and Monaco picking up the points in the reverse of this fixture last term. Neutrals will be hoping for more of the same here.

Amine Gouiri misses out for the home side through injury, whilst Rafael is suspended. Looking at the list of injured players for Monaco, it's a wonder they are even able to get eleven men onto the pitch. Rony Lopes, Almamy Touré, Antonio Bareca, Stevan Jovetic, Jean Eudes Aholou, Kevin N'Doram, Pietro Pellegri, Djibril Sidibe, Samuel Grandsir, Jordi Mboula, Danijel Subasic and Adama Traoré are all out for this one.

Lyon have lost just two of their past 16 at home in Ligue 1.

Monaco have actually been pretty good away from home, winning five of their past ten in Ligue 1.

Overall though its hard to see Monaco overcoming what is a diabolical injury list against a highly ranked side who need the points in their pursuit of Champion's League football. 

Prediction: Lyon 3 - 1 Monaco


Half time: 2 - 0
Full time: 3 - 0
Shots:  19 - 2
Shots on target: 12 - 1
Corner Kicks: 7 - 1
Possession: 68% - 32%

Memphis Depay was booked for the home side in this one, with referee Clement Turpin also taking the names of Radamel Falcao and Andrea Raggi of Monaco. The most galling thing for Monaco boss Thierry Henry here though was surely the straight red card of Aleksandr Golovin. Given the desperate injury situation, the last thing Henry needed was to have Golovin - who has himself only just returned from injury - suspended.

There have been signs of improvement from Monaco in recent weeks but tackling one of the top sides in the division away from home with only the bare bones of a squad available for selection was always likely to be a tall order, and so it proved as this was a complete mismatch and Lyon won in a canter.

The opener came just six minutes into the game. Bertrand Traore breaking into the right-hand side of the area and flicking in a low cross. Diego Benaglio palmed it out but only to Houssem Aouar who slotted home.

One became two in the 34th minute. Kenny Tete should never have been allowed to get a cross in from the position he did with the ball running out of play in the right hand side of the area and a defender on his inside. Cross he did though, to find Nabil Fekir getting across his marker to finish into the bottom left corner from around the penalty spot. 2-0 at the break.

Then came the sending off of Golovin for a silly stud raking challenge.

The scoring was completed in the 59th minute. Kenny Tete again the provider, this time with a deep cross from the right-hand side to find Ferland Mendy arriving in the area and planting a header into the bottom right corner from twelve yards. 3-0 final score.

Lyon move up into third, two points ahead of Montpellier who have played a game less. Monaco stay second bottom, three points adrift of safety.

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