Installed in the French Premiership squad, Monaco and Lyon will play on Wednesday, January 24, the most attractive game of the fourth phase of the French Cup in its 2017/2018 edition. At the Louis II Stadium in Monaco, the match has kick-off scheduled for 18:05 (Brasília time).
At this stage of the dispute, tournament regulations require definition in a single game. If there is no winner at the end of the regular time, a 30-minute extension will be made. If equality persists, the decision will be through penalty kicks.
Monaco’s recent performance
On Sunday, January 21, Monaco also acted at home and defeated Metz 3-1. In that way, they extended to nine (seven wins and two draws) their unbeaten run. In the French Championship, he maintained the fourth position. He has now 46 points (14 wins, four draws and four losses).
With PSG firing at the top with 56 points, Ligue 1’s biggest draw is the runner-up. Lyon have two points more than Monaco and one advantage ahead of third-placed Olympique de Marseille.
In the French Cup, Monaco made its debut in the third stage. He overcame Moulins-Yzeure by scoring 5-2 at home. The great technical advantage made the coach Leonardo Jardim then climb a team full of reserves. This time, before a much more qualified opponent, the strategy must be reviewed with the ranking of the best players that the coach has at his disposal.
In this list there are, at least for now, the defenders Jemerson (19 matches in the French Championship 2017/2018, two goals) and Julien Serrano (no performances) and midfielder Adama Traore (three matches, three goals). They are in the process of recovering from injury and will have to undergo an examination that will determine if they can act.
The Monegascos scored in 11 of 12 games they played in their Ligue 1 stadium. There were nine wins and two draws. With 29 points accumulated, the team is the second best entrant of the tournament, being surpassed only by PSG.
The current form of Lyon
Lyon achieved a small feat on Sunday, January 21, in the match that ended the twenty-second round of the French Championship. With a goal in the extras and counting on one more athlete (Daniel Alves has been expelled) from the beginning of the final stage, the team defeated the PSG by 2 to 1.
Not only did he ensure the maintenance of the vice-leadership of the French Championship as he became the second team to overcome the favorite team of the capital. Of breaking, it still increased to six its series without defeats. She has five wins and a draw since Dec. 17.
After an extremely exhausting game, coach Bruno Genésio, at least in theory, should promote the cast relay and give more play to the more worn out athletes. This is what he has done in domestic cup games. However, against a strong team with Monaco, this should not happen, even if you have all your cast available. It does not face bruising or suspension problems.
Playing as a visitor is not a problem for Lyon. The team appear as the leader in this category in Ligue 1. It has 26 points (eight wins, two draws and a loss) so far. They are two more than Olympique de Marseille, who made one more game out of their dominions.
History of the bouts between Monaco and Lyon
In the last ten games involving the teams, Lyon have won four times, including the only one of the current season by 3 to 2, for the first round of Ligue 1. Monegascos have won three times, even number of equalities.
Both teams have a very offensive stance and this should be maintained for the confrontation. Having had the opportunity to play a quieter game over the weekend and now to play at home, Monaco is the best choice for a guess. It has a price of 2.25 in Bet365. Draw shows return of 3.40 and successful visitor paid 3.10 per invested real. Prices in force at 15:40 on 22/1/2018.