Lyon made a decent game last week away at Angers, but got a red card early in second half and couldn’t hold on to their lead (finished 3-3).
Only 8 rounds have been played so far, but Lyon already recorded three 3-3 draws. Usually they are vulnerable in defense, as fullbacks often advance and central midfielders aren’t very solid.
On the other hand the attacking phase is really powerful, but sometimes players are too individualistic and prefer to continue alone instead serving an assist.
Monaco made a disappointing game last week against Montpellier. Monaco didn’t hesitate to let opponents take control of the game, hoping they will be able to strike on counters and increase the lead. But this time the strategy backfired, as Montpellier scored the equalizer in the final seconds (finished 1-1).
This is actually Monaco’s usual game plan, both in Champions League and also in Ligue1. They often withdraw in defense and strike deadly on counters. The plan usually works, as defensive players are powerful and confident, while forwards extremely efficient.
Hosts will be without defender Marcelo and midfielder Grenier, while Monaco will miss forwards Falcao (topscorer), Jovetic and midfielder Fabinho.
Lyon may sometimes have a leaky defense, but the odds on goals are ridiculous, considering the teams involved and their expectations for the season (and also Monaco’s absences). Furthermore, Lyon could be extra careful this round, just like it happened against PSG about a month ago, when weren’t too many scoring opportunities (PSG won 2-0). UNDER 3 GOALS at 2.29
Lyon: Lopes, Gorgelin – Rafael, Diakhaby, Yanga-Mbiwa, Mboumbouni, Morel, Mendy, Marçal, Tete – Aouar, Ferri, Tousart, Ndombele – Memphis, Mariano, Fekir, Maolida, Traoré
Monaco: Subasic, Benaglio, Sy – Glik, Jemerson, Jorge, Kongolo, Sidibé, Touré – Boschilia, Lemar, Meite, Moutinho, N’Doram, Lopes, Traoré, Tielemans – Baldé, Carrillo, Diakhaby