Our prediction for this Ligue 1 match:
There will be fireworks when Lyon and Monaco face each other at Parc Olympique Lyon in the Ligue 1 derby. Les Gones aim to recover from a 2-1 loss to Clermont and seeing that they are four points behind the Conference League berth, this has to go down as a must-win game for the home side. Bradley Barcola should miss out through illness, while Jerome Boateng has yet to overcome a muscle injury.
Les Rouges et Blancs, on the other hand, played out a goalless draw with Lille in their last league match. Monaco have slim Champions League chances and seeing that Lyon are a real force to be reckoned with at home, we predict that the visitors will return home empty-handed. Breel Embolo is pushing for a start, while both Ben Yedder and Maripan are back from suspension. Mohamed Camara and Malang Sarr are out of contention with injuries.
Highlighted Player (Alexandre Lacazette):
Alexandre Lacazette is a hometown boy of Lyon, a powerful striker who went through the youth ranks of the French side to become one of the most important players for Les Gones. The 25-year-old forward was also a member of all France national team selections becoming a European champion at the age of 19 by scoring the winner in the final against Spain.
This goal gave him a reputation of a big game player, one he went on to uphold on various occasions at his club. Lacazette is a hard working forward an accomplished finisher of the ball able to score from different positions. The most prolific striker in his side and among the top ones in the Ligue 1, Alexandre Lacazette scored more than 20 league goals last two seasons on a trot.
Constantly linked with a move away from Lyon, Alexandre Lacazette refuses to speak about anything other than his football and is leaving all the talk to the football pitch.
Highlighted Team (Monaco):
Though based in Monaco, Les Rouges et Blances – as they are commonly referred to – play their games in the French football league system. Members of the top tier Ligue 1, Monaco play their home matches at the Stade Louis II in Fontvieille in front of 18,500 people. The Principality club boasts a turbulent history, which saw Monaco reach the highest heights of both domestic and international scene, but also get relegated to the amateur leagues at the very beginnings and to Ligue 2 in 2010-11 season.
The following year AS Monaco were acquired by the Russian billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev, whose heavy investments turned the Principality club into one of the biggest spenders in Europe in 2013 and reestablishing its place among Europe’s top clubs.
AS Monaco have had notable European results in the modern football era having been runners-up in the UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup in 1992 and the UEFA Champions League in 2004. One of the most successful clubs in France AS Monaco have so far won seven league titles and five Coupe de France trophies.