One of the biggest fixtures in any season of Ligue 1 takes place this weekend, as Monaco welcome Lyon. Both sides typically target the top prize at the start of the campaign, but it’s likely that both will settle for just a place in Europe this season. But, which side can take the points to edge closer to that goal?
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Despite a slow start to the season, Lyon have picked up their form excellently over recent weeks to go under the radar and move into a battle for a European place this term. Before Christmas, they found themselves in the middle of the standings. However, three wins from their last three games have seen them close the gap on the top three to just six points.
A victory this week for Lyon would see them move up to fourth in the standings, and their chances are boosted by being one of the in-form sides in the league.
Only second-place Nice have won more points over their last five games in Ligue 1. Lyon’s latest win in the league came on Tuesday evening, as they beat Marseille 2-1. Xherdan Shaqiri and Moussa Dembele scored the goals in that huge win.
Every time that you sense that Monaco are getting themselves back into the European battle, they hit a flat spot. They have won just twice in their last five games in the league, and have lost twice during the same run. However, they remain just a point away from fifth-placed Rennes.
Monaco were beaten in their last league fixture last weekend, as they were beaten 3-2 on the road by Montpellier. Wissam Ben Yedder scored the first for Monaco, while Vanderson thought he had done enough to rescue a point in the final ten minutes before Montpellier scored a late winner.
Monaco vs Lyon Head to Head
Lyon have a fine recent record against Monaco, as they have picked up victories in each of the last three fixtures between the sides. They have scored a total of nine goals during that run. Monaco’s only win in the previous five came at home in February 2019.
Monaco vs Lyon Prediction
Both sides have solid cases to finish in a European place this season. However, the preference this weekend is for Lyon, who have been excellent in recent weeks. The return of Tanguy Ndombele only adds more strength in the middle of the park, and we could see them winning this fixture 3-1.
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