Preview - Monaco vs Lyon 10 August 19

Started by Harry85, Aug 07, 2019, 11:12 PM

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Match Day 1
Monaco vs. Lyon
Saturday, August 10th 2019
03:45am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Stade Louis II

Last five matches form: D L L W L
Average goals per match (18/19): 1.00
Average goals against per match (18/19): 1.50
Top Scorer (18/19): Radamel Falcao (15)

Last five matches form: W D W W W
Average goals per match (18/19): 1.84
Average goals against per match (18/19): 1.24
Top Scorer (18/19): Moussa Dembélé (15)

The Ligue 1 season kicks off at the Stade Louis II, with this clash between two sides who enjoyed starkly contrasting fortunes last season. Monaco - who only avoided the ignominy of relegation by the skin of their teeth - play host to a Lyon outfit who finished a respectable third.

It was honours even between the sides last season. Monaco coming out on top 2-0 in this fixture but going down 3-0 in Lyon.

The big loss for Lyon over the summer was the departure of influential box to box midfielder Tanguy Ndombélé who heads to Tottenham Hotspur. Lyon have raided the Lille midfield in a bid to fill this gap, bringing in both Thiago Mendes and Youssouf Koné. With Nabil Fekir and Ferland Mendy also having departed though the squad does look weaker overall.

For Monaco the aim of the season is surely to produce a campaign as different from the last one as possible. Having made a huge impact on loan last season the big summer acquisition was the return of Gelson Martins on a permanent basis.

There was a huge chasm between these two sides in terms of finishing position in Ligue 1 last season, but we wouldn't be surprised should the gap be bridged slightly this term. With home advantage in their favour, we fancy Monaco might just start the season on a high.

Prediction: Monaco 2 - 1 Lyon


Half time: 0 - 2
Full time: 0 - 3
Shots:  6 - 12
Shots on target: 3 - 6
Corner Kicks: 2 - 5
Possession:  39% - 61%

Fode Toure was booked for Monaco in this one, with referee Ruddy Buquet also taking the names of Houssem Aouar and Leo Dubois of Lyon. The key moment from a disciplinary standpoint though came in the 30th minute when Cesc Fabregas of the home side was shown a straight red card.

The sending off certainly didn't help Monaco, but it may not have proved critical in terms of the outcome of the game as they were already behind when it arrived. It took Lyon just five minutes to break the deadlock. Bertrand Traoré swinging in a corner from the right and Moussa Dembélé rising highest to power a header into the top right corner from six yards out in a central area.

Then came the sending off of Fabregas. The Spaniards studs did rake down Leo Dubois calf, but its pretty tough to say that it wasn't due to an accidental tangle of legs.

One became two thanks to some truly woeful goalkeeping from Benjamin Lecomte. Memphis Depay letting fly with a low effort from 30+ yards which was straight at the Monaco custodian. How Lecomte managed to get nothing on the ball as it travelled through his legs and in, only he knows. 0-2 at the break.

Any semblance of doubt as to the destination of the points was ended ten minutes from time. Lyon attacking down the left-hand side and Thiago Mendes flicking the ball back to the onrushing Lucas Tousart around 25 yards from goal to the left. Fine first-time strike from Tousart into the bottom left corner.

If Monaco were looking to a positive start to the season to help erase last seasons horror show, this certainly wasn't it. Solid result on the road from Lyon.

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