A classic will be responsible for opening this Friday, October 13, the ninth round of the French Championship version 2017/2018. Following a two-week stoppage to qualify for the World Cup in Russia, Lyon and Monaco will play at Lyon’s Parc Olympique Lyonnais at 15:45 CET.
Lyon’s recent performance
Without winning three rounds (two draws and one defeat), Lyon make a campaign far below what was expected. With 13 points (three wins, four draws and one loss) he occupies a modest eighth place. They are nine points less than Paris Saint-Germain, leader.
The loss of their top scorer, striker Lacazette, who has been negotiating with Arsenal, has not been so heartfelt. The rather offensive football shown since last season has yielded 17 goals. It is the third best attack of the 2017/2018 Ligue 1 season. Defensive performance, however, has been tragic. With 13 goals taken, the defense is the most leaked in the top ten and the fourth worst when comparing the 20 teams that compete for the elite division of French football.
This can be put into the account of coach Bruno Genésio, who since last season has not been able to offer defensive solutions that can make life difficult for opponents, especially the most qualified.
The ‘house factor’, however, has been well taken advantage of. Lyon remain undefeated in their dominions. In four games he had two wins and two draws. With 12 goals scored and seven conceded is the fifth best captain of Ligue 1.
For the departure of this Friday, Bruno Genésio has practically all the cast at his disposal. The only confirmed low is the Brazilian defender Marcelo. He was sent off in a 3-2 draw with Angers in the eighth round. You will have to comply with automatic suspension.
The current form of Monaco
The Monegascos also stumbled on the previous day. At home, they were no more than a draw with Montpellier, 1: 1. They let the chance of ‘sticking’ to PSG escape. With 19 points (six wins, one draw and one defeat), the Principality team is in the vice-lead with three points less than the first place.
The good news of the match against Montpellier was the return of the goalkeeper Danijel Subasic, holder of the selection of Croatia. He had suffered an ankle injury that left him out of four starts.
The medical problems that must be administered by the Portuguese coach Leonardo Jardim are restricted to the attack. Lesama Diakhaby (five games in the 2017/2018 French Championship, one goal) is in injury treatment, who was chosen to replace Mbappe, negotiated with Paris Saint-Germain, and Montenegrin Stevan Jovetic (four games, one goal ). They depend on re-evaluation to see if they can be released.
History of the bouts between Lyon and Monaco
The visitors took the best of Lyon and Monaco in the 2016/2017 Ligue 1 season. In Monaco, Lyon scored 3-1. In Lyon, the Monegascos made it 2-1.