Lyon vs Monaco 09/12/2014 Free French Ligue 1 Soccer Pick and Preview
Friday 12th September 2014 19:30(GMT)
The line: Lyon 6/4 Draw 5/2 Monaco 19/10 See the Latest Odds
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Friday night's game between Lyon and Monaco could be viewed as an early season must win for both teams after poor starts to the league campaign. Lyon have lost three in a row after winning their first game of the year and will be looking to bounce back here with home advantage in what should be an entertaining game. French striker, Lacazette has been prolific this season scoring three in four games but he has been one of the only bright sparks in Fournier's side with former Fulham midfielder Marlbranque still a key player for Lyon it shows that they have a long way to go to get back to the heights of Juninho, Benzema.
For Monaco this has been a summer of change, no matter how much money the owners of Monaco have they have been unable to keep hold of their best players as first Rodriguez and then Falcao left for pastures new. Former Manchester United striker Dimitar Berbatov will be leading the line up front along with Germain, the Bulgarian has netted two goals in four games and will be the key for Monaco this season. Carvalyho at the back and Mountinho in the midfield will also shoulder the burden of expectation as Monaco look to rebuild from selling their two best players.
What should be an entertaining game here looks to be two well matched teams coming head to head. The return of Ricardo Carvalyo may just give a slight edge to Monaco but with home advantage to Lyon I am not convinced that Monaco will be good enough to get the win here. I'm taking the draw as I think both teams should cancel each other out here. Follow me on twitter@antonpippo