Lyon vs Monaco by Lucien
Lyon had a very intense and difficult match last Thursday evening, as the team went to Istanbul and visited Besiktas in the second leg of quarter-finals of the Europa League, after a narrow victory taken in front of own fans in first leg with a 2:1 result.
Their second game was ended with the same result, as Talisca was bringing the hosts twice into the led in 27th and 58th minute, but Lacazette just temporarily leveled up the result in the first halftime in 34th minute. Overtime was quite a defensive minded oriented, but the players of Lyon got more lucky on the penalty kicks and progressed further. As for Ligue 1 duties, they stand at fourth position having two points more than fifth placed Marseille but also with two matches less played, meaning that they need to continue gathering points in order to secure the European exit for the next season.
Lyon should be playing in 4-3-3 formation, using Depay and Ghezzal on the wings, plus Cornet as central striker most likely. Some players might be rotated here after their difficult overtime game away to Turkey, but Maxime Gonalsons looks to start both matches now, with central Emanuel Mammana remaining doubtful for this one.
Monaco, on the other side, also had their European duties during the midweek, as the team won again over Dortmund at home 3:1 in the second leg of Champions League quarterfinals and progressed further with a 6:3 aggregate victory. The Germans had much more of the ball possession, but the French were those who looked way more concrete with the ball to their feet.
Mbappe and Falcao brought them into the double lead already after seventeen minutes of play, while Reus brought some hope back to Dortmund at the start of the second halftime, but then the visitors had to risk more and their defense was very vulnerable, with Germain sealing the victory in 81st minute. Monaco shares the first position at the table with PSG, having also a game less played and meaning that they need a victory badly in order to continue the race with bigger chances than the rivals.
Visitors are set to play in their usual 4-4-2 formation, using Mbappe and Germain most likely as forwards. They will be playing here with pretty much the strongest starting lineup since the team remains in a title battle, however injured remain forward Guido Carrillo (17/7), offensive midfielder Boschilia (11/6) and right back Djibril Sidibe (25/2).
- Monaco have won their last 6 matches (Ligue 1).
Lyon is far away from a naive side, but Monaco now seems in a perfect momentum and with their quality upfront, they should be able to get the much needed victory here maybe even easier than what the odds suggest.