Monaco vs Lyon Prediction & Match Preview

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Monaco vs Lyon kicks off the 2019-2020 Ligue 1 season on Friday, August 9. After a year to forget, Monaco are looking to start off the season strong with a home victory against a highly competitive team that is poised to finish in the top 3. Lyon have aspirations of putting an end to PSG’s reign over french football.

Monaco vs Lyon Prediction and Match Preview

Friday, August 9 – 14:45 EST – Stade Louis II

As this is the first game of the season we lack the relevant data to understand just exactly how these teams will line up or what the head to head matchup suggests. Therefore, we must analyze the many changes that have come to fruition in the offseason. Let us begin with the home team. Monaco have long been touted as one of the premier locations for young talent to blossom and come through the ranks. Last year was an extremely tumultuous year for the club which saw them finish only two points above the relegation zone. Midway through last season, Monaco were reunited with fan favourite manager Leonardo Jardim. He was handed a sinking ship last year and did not have the time to properly implement his strategy. Jardim’s clubs are known for their versatility and his willingness to give his young players a chance at making an impact. Ultimately, Monaco will stick to what they do well and gamble on their young talent having a positive impact on the team. Two names to look out for this season are french teenagers Willem Geubbels and Benoît Badiashile. This most likely wont be enough to immediately return the team to the championship winning form of 2016-2017 but it has the potential to set them on the right path.

Next up we have Lyon. A mainstay in the upper echelon of Ligue 1 for years. This offseason has seen Lyon depart with numerous first team players. They are a club who bring the best out of their developing players and sell them for outrageous fees. One of the aforementioned departures being Tanguy Ndombélé who secured Lyon their record fee of 60 million euros that could rise to 70 million after add-ons. Other notable departures include full-back Ferland Mendy and creative midfielder Nabil Fekir. These are some pretty important squad roles to fill and unlike Monaco, Lyon were prepared to dip into the market to replace these departures. Fledgling manager Sylvinho will have some new signings at his disposal. One of those being central midfielder Thiago Mendes who was purchased from Lille and will act as a like for like replacement in the place of Ndombélé. Another notable signing would be the signature of young centre back Joachim Andersen who arrived from Sampdoria. Add these two to their existing arsenal of quality footballers including Memphis Depay and Houssem Aouar and Lyon are poised to have a fantastic season. Ultimately, Lyon have the depth and quality to make a run and challenge favourites PSG for the championship.