Preview - Monaco vs Lyon 25 February 19

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Match Day 26
Monaco  vs. Lyon
Monday, February 25th 2019
04:00am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Stade Louis II

Last five matches form: L L W D W
Average goals per match: 0.96
Average goals against per match: 1.64
Top Scorer: Radamel Falcao (9)

Last five matches form: W W W L W
Average goals per match: 1.60
Average goals against per match: 1.12
Top Scorer: Nabil Fekir ( 8 )

The Monaco hierarchy certainly can't be accused of sitting on their hands in their bid to prevent the dreaded drop, and it seems that their latest bout of tinkering may just be the one that works the oracle, with Leonardo Jardim having made an excellent start. It's a tough one on Match Day 26 though as third placed Lyon come calling to the Stade Louis II.

Lyon were comfortable 3-0 winners in the clash between these sides at the Groupama Stadium earlier in the season. Monaco may prefer to recall they game here last season which saw them come out on top in a 3-2 thriller.

As ever the Monaco injury list reads almost like a team sheet in itself. Almamy Touré, Jemerson, Stevan Jovetic, Kevin N'Doram, Pietro Pellegri, Jordi Mboula and William Vainqueur are the men to miss out this time. Rafael and Amine Gouiri are out for Lyon.

From appearing in deep, deep trouble, Monaco now find themselves two points clear of the drop zone and looking good to stay up. Having not won at home all season, they have now won two on the bounce. Lyon are a whole different level to Toulouse and Nates though.

The only side to have beaten PSG in the league this season have lost only three of twelve on the road. They do arrive on the back of a hard fought draw against Barcelona in the Champion's League though which may have taken something out of their legs.

This may not be as easy as the league positions would suggest, but Lyon do look a class above an even revitalised Monaco and can take the points.

Prediction: Monaco 1 - 2 Lyon


Half time: 2 - 0
Full time: 2 - 0
Shots:  11 - 9
Shots on target: 5 - 3
Corner Kicks: 3 - 6
Possession: 43% - 57%

Djibril Sidibe, Kamil Glik and Radamel Falcao were all booked for the home side in this one, with referee Benoit Millot also taking the name of Martin Terrier of Lyon.

If there is a single result which signifies that Monaco have now really turned the corner following such an abysmal first half of the season, then this is surely it. Not only did they beat high-flying Lyon, but they thoroughly deserved to do so. Getting ahead early and outshooting their opponents over the course of the game, they never really looked like relinquishing their lead.

Gelson Martins has made quite the impact since joining on loan in the January transfer window and it was he who gave the home side the lead in the 18th minute. Receiving a ball from the left just to the right on the edge of the area, Martins dummied an effort before firing into the bottom right corner.

Nine minutes later things got even better for Monaco. Rony Lopes nicking the ball at around halfway and immediately heading for goal. Forced wide he nevertheless showed excellent pace and determination to maintain possession before finishing across the keeper and into the bottom right corner from just to the left of the six-yard box.

Lyon were handed a lifeline when awarded a penalty kick in the 71st minute. Danijel Subasic guessed the right way though to palm Memphis Depay's effort around the left-hand post. 

2-0 final score.

Still fifth bottom and five clear of the relegation zone, Monaco aren't quite out of the woods just yet, but the signs are certainly promising. A few more performances like this should see them out of trouble in no time. Undoubtedly disappointing for Lyon. They do remain in the box seat for the third and final Champion's League spot though, being three points clear of fourth placed Saint-Etienne.

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