Lyon host struggling Monaco on Sunday, kicking off at 1:00pm local time. Both sides didn’t play their league game last week due to the riots occurring in France, but this weekend the football looks set to return. Lyon will hope to maintain their place in the top four of the league, whereas Monaco will need some points to improve their treacherous position.

Home Team: Lyon

As Lyon’s game was postponed against Toulouse, their fans have had to wait agonizingly for their next league match, as their most recent outing they had lost 2-0 at home to mid-table Rennes. It was Lyon’s fourth defeat of the season so far, and arguably the most infuriating for the fans, as they had gone 9 matches unbeaten prior to that including a notable 2-2 draw against Manchester City. Lyon had many shots, and dominated possession, but the two shots on target from the opposition both equated to goals, and now Lyon will need to get back to winning ways when they face Monaco.

French international Nabil Fekir is one of Lyon’s key men, but he has been distracted off the pitch as he is continuously linked with a move to the Premier League, and in particular, Liverpool. The player has produced four assists and four goals so far this season, but his most recent goal in the league was way back in September. Can he be the star man in this encounter?

Away Team: Monaco

Monaco are in 19th place at the moment, and are in a real fight to stay in the top division in French football. Manager Thierry Henry was brought in to boost the club, who had endured one of the worst imaginable starts to their season. However, the new manager factor hadn’t initially worked, as Thierry Henry failed to win in his first six matches in all competitions.

In the last three matches since, Monaco have won two, with victories at Caen and Amiens SC – the two teams directly above them in the league. In those results, there has been one constant, and that is Radamel Falcao. He scored three goals, two from the penalty spot, in those two games and remains to be the player with that exceptional quality that they’ll need to get out of this predicament that they have got themselves in. They are 3 points behind 17th, and another win could potentially get them out of the relegation zone for the first time this season.

Head to Head

Both clubs have enjoyed many successes over each other in the history of this fixture. There hasn’t been a draw in the last 5 matches, as Lyon have been winners on three occasions, and Monaco have been twice. Even in the 2017/2018 season, when Monaco had won the title, they did suffer one of their defeats to Lyon at home, but won the reverse fixture. In last season’s meetings, both sides won their respective home matches via a 3-2 score line. I wouldn’t mind seeing the same sort of attacking play on show again this Sunday.

Lyon vs Monaco Predictions and Betting Tips

Lyon are strong favourites at 4/9 to get a win here, with Monaco at 11/2 to achieve three consecutive away wins. For the two teams to cancel each other out, that is priced at 7/2. Monaco have yet to beat a team of real quality all season, and despite their recent change of fortune, I predict that Lyon will win this match 3-1, which is at 9/1.

There has been more than 3 goals in this fixture in four of the last five matches, and I anticipate there to be some goals in this one too. Therefore, I’d back there to be more than 3.5 goals at 5/4. The first team who has scored in these fixtures hasn’t always gone onto to win, so backing Lyon to win from behind at 8/1 should be considered.

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