Lyon vs Monaco by Lucien
Lyon suffered yet another setback in the previous match, as the team comes from only a point from a visit to Angers following another 3:3 draw which was their third in the season. Obviously the team has quality in attack, but way too many defensive gaps are more than noticable in their side and it's something that they need to work on.
At the same time, it was their fifth official game without a victory, as they have only one victory in last eight matches, six draws and a defeat too. This time they opened up the game more than well, had the lead in fifth minute already via Diaz and even though their hosts leveled up in 30th with an own goal, they quickly responded with two more goals and had the double lead at the halftime thanks to Diakhaby and Depay. However, Marcelo got red carded in 50th minute and everything changes, as the players of Angers took the point pretty much deservedly (goals from Ekambi and Traore), as Lyon simply had no energy to attack later on with a man less.
Lyon is now only at eight position, already six points below Champions League group stage placed Monaco and simply needs to go for a victory here. Important defender Marcelo (8/0) is out now with a suspension.
Monaco, on the other side, is having a decent start in the season, but it seems that the international break came in the best possible moment for them since the side suffered 0:3 defeat in Champions League at home against Porto, but also made a setback at home in Ligue 1 taking just a point against modest Montpellier in a 1:1 draw.
They attacked at first and were better, taking the lead deservedly in 39th minute with a goal from Falcao, but once the teams entered the second halftime everything changed. Hosts were way too passive and looked like they just wanted time to pass, finally being punished for it in second minute of additional time when the equalizer came via Camara. They are still second at the table, but now with three points less than leaders from PSG, so a victory here is a must for them.
Talented goalkeeper Loic Badiashile is long term absentee and anyway not their first choice, while forward Stevan Jovetic (4/1) is out with a thigh injury. Forward Adama Diakhaby (5/1) is doubtful with back injury.
Monaco looked more serious and stable so far in the season and even though it's difficult to predict the winner here, it seems that the match really should be wide open from both ends. Monaco is closer to get the victory in my eyes, but since Lyon has plenty of quality in attack too, my first choice will be away team over goals.