Verdict: Away win
AS Monaco stay living on three distinct rivalries down the stretch, however they’re not likely to prioritise one over another. Understanding they are able to take a huge step towards winning the Ligue 1 title this Sunday, Les Monagasques will see Olympique Lyon in an real battle of Ligue 1 titans.
Lyon are coming off an impressive qualification to the UEFA Europa League semifinals after defeating Besiktas via penalties on Thursday. And it’s evident that Lyon will focus almost solely on the European phase, since they don’t have opportunities to go past their present fourth spot in the standings.
Despite their standing in the standings, Lyon aren’t likely to give up readily. They’re a tough team to beat, particularly at home where they’ve won seven of their last 10 matches. However there certainly are several items to consider ahead of this match, because Lyon are prone to rotate the side somewhat in a attempt to maintain players fresh. The standard starters are coming off a 120-minute performance on Turkey, so we’re able to see several changes particularly in midfield. And their motivation might be something to contemplate too. Even though winning against Monaco would be a real confidence boost for the closing weeks of the season, how moved they will soon be contemplating their focus is on another contest? That’s something worth contemplating.
Emanuel Mammana is suspicious, and can take a late-fitness test to find out his availability. Nicolas N’Koulou could take his position at centre back as he did against Bastia.
No other players have been ruled out, so all matters contemplating Lyon is going to have powerful team for this particular competition.
Only like their opponents, Monaco also clinched a spot in a European semifinal. They reached top-four standing in the UEFA Champions League after conquering Borussia Dortmund, and today they’re going to confront Juventus on May to see whether they’re able to reach the UCL final for the very first time in 13 years.
Nevertheless, their main priority remains the Ligue 1 title race. Monaco sits in the most notable of the standings with 77 points, tied with PSG and four points clear over third-set Nice. But Monaco’s largest benefit is the fact that they’re going to play the ultimate match of the weekend, so once the ball starts rolling they’ll understand their competitors’ results. Leonardo Jardim’s guys are riding a favorable run of results, with five straight wins across all contests and 14 straight undefeated matches in the league level. Also to make things even better, they’ve among the greatest strikers in Europe in Kylian Mbappe. The 18-year old phenom has 12 goals and five assists in 23 Ligue 1 appearances.
Gabriel Boschilia will miss the balance of the season using a knee ligament injury. Pierre-Daniel Nguinda continues to be ruled out as well.
Meanwhile, Guido Carrillo (crotch) and Djibril Sidibe (sickness) are suspicious, but both are unlikely to feature.
Key Factors to Consider
- Lyon have not lost in their last five games against Monaco (3W 2D)
- Monaco have not lost in their last 14 Ligue 1 matches (12W 2D)
- Monaco have scored 90 goals in the Ligue 1 this season (2.81 goals per game)
- Kylian Mbappe has scored nine goals over the last nine matches across all competitions.
- Alexandre Lacazette ranks second in scoring with 24 goals in Ligue 1 play.
- Lyon have seven wins over their last 10 Ligue 1 home matches (7W 3D)
Monaco have been red hot of late. As well as though Lyon have been a powerful team at home, Monaco’s firepower will soon be too much to manage to get a Lyon side that’s prone to miss a crucial defenseman including Mammana. The match is going to be close, but Monaco’s recent type needs to be sufficient to give them the three points.
Verdict: Away win