Monaco host Lyon in the opening match of the 2019-20 Ligue 1 campaign. The Red and Whites unexpectedly flirted with relegation last year, finishing just two points above the bottom three and will hope for a far better campaign this time around. Meanwhile, the visitors can look forward to another season of European football.
Where and when: Stade Louis II, Monaco – 9 August, kick-off 19:45
Where you can see Monaco vs. Lyon: BT Sport 1
Last time: Gelson Martins and Rony Lopes secured the points for Monaco when the sides met in February. Memphis Depay spurned the chance to reduce the arrears late on but missed a penalty for Les Gones.
|Depay to score first||6/1||Offer|
|Over 3.5 goals||3/1||Offer|
|Lyon to win 2-1||17/2||Offer|
Monaco v Lyon City Predictions and Preview
Staggeringly, Monaco had to wait until Matchday 23 of the previous term to record their first home victory. The Red and Whites’ 2-1 success against Toulouse was recorded in February, some six months after the season had kicked-off.
Monaco hit the headlines for dismissing title winning boss Leonardo Jardim in October, but the Portuguese tactician was soon reappointed, further highlighting the chaos that ensued in the Principality.
Monaco have been relatively quiet on the transfer front, having invested heavily in the winter window to ensure their top-flight status. Skipper Radamel Falcao remains at the club, despite strong interest from Galatasaray, Porto and Valencia.
The Colombian only has 12 months left on his contract and Friday’s encounter could be a farewell appearance. Falcao is the 4/1 favourite to open proceedings while the Red and Whites are 2/1 to clinch all three points.
Travelling party Lyon are buoyed by Moussa Dembele’s decision to stay at the club. The young Frenchman reportedly caught the eye of Liverpool, Arsenal and Chelsea, while Manchester United made a concrete attempt to acquire the services of the frontman. Dembele is 24/5 to net first and will be joined in attack by Depay and Bertrand Traore.
Les Gones will of course be without Tanguy Ndombele after the powerful midfielder joined Tottenham Hotspur this summer but in Houssem Aouar and new signing Thiago Mendes, Lyon should have enough to cover his departure. Lyon are 7/5 to emerge triumphant and 23/10 to earn a share of the spoils.
One to watch for Monaco: Cesc Fabregas still has plenty in the tank despite operating at the top level for 16 years. The Spaniard is 15/2 to register anytime.
One to watch for Lyon: Maxwel Cornet notched 12 goal involvements from 27 appearances last year and is 5/2 in the same anytime scorer market.
Long shot: Monaco have put in some good performances in pre-season and pleasingly for Jardim, have stopped the rot defensively. In contrast Lyon have shipped 11 goals from their four non-competitive fixtures and both outfits are arguably better going forward. An entertaining 2-2 final score is 12/1.