Monaco have this Sunday, February 4, the opportunity to revenge against Lyon, responsible for their elimination in the French Cup. Of breaking, still can take the position of the rival in the French Championship edition 2017/2018. The duel closes the twenty-fourth round of the competition as of 18h (Brasília time) in the stadium Louis II.
Monaco’s recent performance
The scenario was the same as the 3-2 defeat just over a week ago that ended hopes of the Monegasque thriving in the French Cup. However, in the League Cup, the team secured their place in the decision. On Wednesday, January 31, he defeated, also in the Louis II, Montpellier, by 2 to 0. He will make the final against PSG, leading shot of the French Championship.
The great advantage of Paris Saint-Germain made the runner-up the maximum point to be achieved. The fight for the position is intense. At the end of the twenty-third round, the post was Lyon with 48 points (14 wins, six draws and three losses). Olympique de Marseille, who would play on Friday, February 2, against Metz, had the same score but lost on goal difference. The Monegascos were stuck in fourth place with 47 points (14 wins, 5 draws and 4 losses).
For the departure of this Sunday, the technician Leonardo Jardim has only one doubt in relation to the athletes that he uses with more frequency. Attacker Adama Diakhaby (14 matches in the 2017/2018 French Championship, two goals) is handed over to the medical department. You must go through a new evaluation to see if you can act. However, even if released, it is most likely to be related to the reservation bank. Also in the ward are defender Julien Serrano (without performances) and midfielder Adama Traore (three games, three goals).
The current form of Lyon
The excellent series of six wins and a draw for Lyon was broken in the previous round. As a visitor, the team took 3 to 1 of Bordeaux. He did not lose the vice-leader, but saw his rivals approach in the fight for second place.
Although it may seem a merely symbolic issue, in reality it is not. After all, the runner-up will have a guaranteed place in the group stage of the next edition of the Champions League. Third-place finishers also have a chance to play in the tournament, but will need to qualify. The last placed of this triangular between Lyon, Olympique de Marseille and Monaco will have to settle for a place in the Europa League.
That was what remained for Lyon in the current season. The team managed to advance to the knockout phase of the continental tournament. Will face Villarreal, Spain, in the fight for survival.
History of the bouts between Monaco and Lyon
The teams have had a knockout game recently. On January 24, also in the Louis II stadium, the Monegasque took Lyon’s 3-2 and ended up eliminated from the French Cup. It was the same score registered in favor of Lyon in the match between them for the first round of the French Championship 2017/2018.
Although he had less time in preparation for Sunday’s showdown, the Monaco, for acting at home, should still be considered the best option for the match. The price is 2.30 on Bet365. Draw shows return of 3.30 and successful visitor yields 3.10. Quotes were in effect at 17:51 on 1/2/2018.