Our football match prediction:
Following a 2-0 loss to star-studded PSG, Olympique Lyon played out back-to-back draws with the likes of Dijon and Angers in previous two league fixtures. Les Gones scored six goals in total in the last two games and they are likely to stick to their attacking style of play in Friday’s football match against Monaco. Lyon need to pick up all three points from the Ligue 1 derby if they are to stay in the race for the title, but beating the reigning champions is easier said than done. Les Rouges et Blancs were on the verge of beating Montpellier on Matchday 9, but La Paillade eventually scored a late equalizer in the Stade Louis II clash. Leonardo Jardim’s men are eager to return to winning ways in the national championship and, taking everything into account, we predict that fans will see goals galore at Groupama Stadium.
Highlighted Player (Rafael):
Best known for his role at Manchester United when football world got to know him and his twin brother first hand, Rafael Pereira da Silva is a Brazilian football operating mainly at right-back, but can also fill in on the right side of the midfield. Fabio began his career with Fluminense before jining Manchester United in 2007. He spent eight years competing in the Premier League before he moved to Lyon in 2015. Prior to his move to France, Rafael spent one season playing for Queens Park Rangers in a campaign which turned out to be a disastrous one for the Brazilian. Still fresh and with plenty of football in front of him at the age of 26, Rafael was given plenty of freedom at Lyon and a license to play his natural game. Signed on a four-year deal, Rafael has gone to become an imposing figure at his new club managing 27 appearances with one goal in a Lyon shirt across competitions.
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.