Monaco often came under pressure last round away at Lille and only thanks to opponents’ offensive inefficiency they managed to keep a clean sheet (Monaco won 1-0).
Besides the winning goal that came following a free-kick Monaco were unable to create any decent opportunity from open play. Winger Ferreira-Carrasco even made a fool of himself in the final minutes when alone in-front of the keeper instead of increasing the lead he stepped on the ball and almost broke his leg.
Results are good and with only one exception Monaco have won all games in 2015 (drew 0-0 against Bordeaux) but the actual playing style is far from impressive and Monaco are punching above their weight.
Contrary to expectations Lyon had a somewhat difficult game last week against Metz (won 2-0). Opponents got a red card early in the game and concentrated absolutely all forces in defense afterwards. It was hard for Lyon to open them up since 10 players were constantly in the same area.
Furthermore Lyon lost maybe their most important player, forward Lacazette who got out injured.
Midfielder Gourcuff played about half an hour and it seems he finally picked up some rythm after the injury. Gourcuff delivered an assist and most likely he will be a starter this round. In Lacazette’s absence Lyon may switch to a more defensive formula, with Gourcuff next to Ghezzal in central midfield and only 1 striker (Fekir).
Lacazette’s injury is undoubtedly a major blow but Lyon still have enough resources to deal with an opponent who can’t approach the penalty box from open play. Lyon +0.25 at the price of 2.07
UPDATE: No surprises in the squads
Monaco: Stekelenburg, Subasic – Carvalho, Diallo, Echiejile, Fabinho, Kurzawa, Raggi, Wallace – Bahamboula, Dirar, Ferreira Carrasco, Moutinho, Ocampos, Silva, Toulalan – Berbatov, Germain, Martial
Lyon: A.Lopes, Gorgelin – Umtiti, Jallet, Rose, Bisevac, M.Dabo – Tolisso, Gonalons, Mvuemba, Ferri, Malbranque, Y.Gourcuff, Ghezzal – Cornet, Benzia, Fekir, Njie