After losing to Lille at home in the previous round despite having a 2-0 lead, Lyon is practically out of the title race. However, Les Gones will try to defeat Monaco and stay alive in the Champions League hunt when they visit Stade Louis II on Sunday. Monaco, on the other hand, is only three points behind the league leaders Lille, so the loss here is not an option.
Monaco is a favorite on William Hill Sportsbook to get three points here and kick Lyon out of the title race. Let’s check out the best Monaco vs. Lyon betting pick.
Monaco vs. Lyon
Three-way: 1: Monaco +129; X: +250 Draw; 2: Lyon +200
Spread 0: Monaco -130; Lyon +127
Total 2.5 Goals: Over -149; Under +140
Both Teams to Score: Yes -179; No +154
This one’s set to be a cracker between third and fourth in the table, and it’ll be a clash that title-chasing Monaco will relish after a remarkable campaign that has seen them accumulate 38 points more than what they had at this stage of the 2018/19 campaign! Their most impressive asset across recent months has been a defense, which has been breached just once across their previous nine Ligue 1 fixtures (W7, D1, L1) – that’s six fewer than any other side in that time.
Although sturdy in defense, you can’t sleep on Les Monégasques in attack either. They’ve scored 2+ goals in eight of their previous nine L1 home encounters, and unsurprisingly avoided defeat in each (W6, D3). They’ve also netted all of their previous eight home goals after HT, contributing to a very high 71.79% of their L1 home efforts arriving during the second period.
Niko Kovac will be without Krepin Diatta (illness), Sofiane Diop (ankle), Aleksandr Golovin (illness), Stevan Jovetic (calf), and Gelson Martins (illness).
- Wissam Ben Yedder is in scintillating form, netting five goals in four L1 games – all of which arrived after the 60th minute
- Monaco is without a loss in the last nine games in all competitions
Lyon knows this is a huge opportunity to close the gap on their hosts, and they’ll be hoping their remarkable away form might be a deciding factor. They’ve gone 15 Ligue 1 away games without a loss (W9, D6) – their longest such run since April 2016! One thing to look out for from the visitors is early goals as they’ve netted at least one before the 30th minute in five of their last seven away trips.
Les Gones have just about edged the recent H2H clashes in Monaco, winning in three of their previous five competitive visits (L2). All three victories followed the same intriguing trend – a HT lead and exactly three Lyon goals scored on the day.
Rudi Garcia cannot count on Memphis Depay, who is suspended, but the rest of the players at the coach’s disposal.
- Karl Toko Ekambi has netted each of his previous four L1 goals before HT, including a brace in this period during the most recent league H2H
- Lyon averaged more shots than any other Ligue 1 side – 15.8 per game
Lyon won six of the previous ten H2H encounters (L4), and they also beat Monaco in the last two league meetings. Les Gones were victorious in three of the past five visits to Stade Louis II (L2). Even though Monaco didn’t allow a single goal in the last five home matches in all competitions, it’s going to be hard to keep the net intact against Lyon on Sunday. Eight of the previous 12 H2H duels produced goals on both sides, while seven of them also gave us three or more goals. Betting on BTTS doesn’t have a big value, so I will spice it up with BTTS & Over 2.5 goals.
The Pick: BTTS & Over 2.5 Goals (-125)