Jockeying for league position, Monaco and Lyon will both be looking for a win when they meet on Saturday. They’ve both been underperformers so far, as Lyon occupies seventh and Monaco is eighth in Ligue 1.
Luckily, they’re both still within reach of a Champions League place this season with plenty of matches left. On Saturday, Monaco is the soccer betting favorites to make up some ground.
Game: AS Monaco vs Olympique Lyonnais
Location: Stade Louis II, Monaco
Date/Time: Saturday, 3 p.m. ET
|AS Monaco||-½ -105||-105||2½ -135o||1½ -125o
|Lyon||+½ -125||+280||2½ +105u||1½ +180o
Monaco vs Lyon Betting Preview
Head to Head
Lyon defeated Monaco in October with two late goals from Karl Toko Ekambi and Jason Denayer. Lyon has been the better pick for betting online in this fixture recently, with four wins in the last five meetings, including the last two at Monaco.
Monaco: One of Ligue 1’s Best at Home
Monaco booked its place in the quarterfinals of the Coupe de France with a 4-2 win at Lens against the run of play. Wissam Ben Yedder continued a good run of goal-scoring form with a double.
The French international striker has five goals in his last three matches and is carrying a Monaco side that got off to a slow start this season. They’re now in eighth place, just two points behind fourth-place Strasbourg.
They’ve been one of the best soccer picks of the season at home and haven’t lost there since September. Monaco did, however, drop its last match in Ligue 1 at Montpellier 3-2.
It was an uncharacteristic defensive performance as it was the first time all season they had given up three goals. Stephy Mavdidi’s 90th-minute winner was the dagger in a Monaco that will feel they deserved at least a point.
The Monegasques were relatively quiet in the transfer market, just bringing in right back Vanderson from Gremio. However, keeping defensive midfielder Aurelien Tchouameni until at least the summer is a big deal.
With him, they have a strong squad that should be in a European place come season’s end.
Lyon on Rise
Lyon picked up one of their biggest wins of the season as they defeated Marseille 2-1 on Tuesday. The match was replayed after the Matchweek 14 meeting was postponed due to Lyon fans throwing bottles at Marseille’s Dimitri Payet.
As a punishment, Lyon played Marseille in front of no fans but it didn’t matter. OM’s Matteo Guendouzi gave the visitors an early lead on a sweet strike but Lyon was undeterred and rallied for two late goals and a win.
Without Karl Toko Ekambi, who is with Cameroon at AFCON, Xherdan Shaqiri and Moussa Dembele stepped up and scored goals.
In normal time, Lyon is undefeated in nine consecutive matches and has allowed under a goal per game during that span. They, like Monaco, started off slow but they’ve been a good pick for betting online recently. Although, OL have just three wins on the road in 10 Ligue 1 tries.
Lyon was active in the transfer market, signing midfielder Romain Faivre from Brest and welcoming back Tanguy Ndombele from Tottenham on loan. Meanwhile, Brazilian midfielder Bruno Guimaraes made a blockbuster move to Newcastle.
Both arrivals could make their debuts on Saturday. Ndombele is better known and previously played for OL, but Faivre has been one of the most productive players in Ligue 1 this season. He scored seven goals and provided five assists in 21 appearances for Brest.
AS Monaco come into this matchup as even-money favorites but it is Lyon who have had their number in recent seasons.
While this is a tough one to call, Monaco has looked like a more attacking team under Phillippe Clement after sacking Niko Kovac in December. OL has multiple-goal threats even with Toko Ekambi out.
Expect goals and bet over 2½ goals in the sportsbook.