The 18th edition of the French Ligue 1 starts on August 9 with a game between Monaco and Lyon. The Monégasques barely survived relegation last year, but return of head coach Leonardo Jardim saved them in the final few rounds. Lyon, on the other hand, secured the Champions League football as they finished in the 3rd position, and these two teams should battle for UCL places this season, so let’s take a look at our France Ligue 1 Betting Tip for this encounter.
Monaco vs Lyon
• France Ligue 1
• Stade Louis II, Monaco
• Friday 9 August
• 20:45 CET
Monaco Team News and Latest Form
Last season was one to forget for Monaco as they narrowly avoided the relegation play-off. However, their fans usually see them start the season strongly, with Monaco unbeaten in their last four opening day matches (W3, D1), with both teams scoring in each of the last five.
Home fans may have to wait until after the break to see the first goal though. Ten of the 11 goals Monaco have netted across their last five opening day fixtures came after half-time, as did 65.79% of their league goals last term. Although notably the hosts did average just 1.0 goals per Ligue 1 home match in 2018/19.
Now signed permanently, Gelson Martins scored four goals for Monaco last term – all were match openers netted before the 20th minute. Six of Monaco’s nine Ligue 1 home defeats last season arrived via a single-goal margin.
Lyon Team News and Latest Form
A finishing six-game unbeaten run helped Lyon secure third place last campaign, and they have now scored in 15 consecutive competitive matches. The last team they failed to score against, however, was Monaco in a 2-0 loss in the previous H2H held here, and remains the only meeting in the last eight that featured under 2.5 goals.
Lyon are masters at opening day fixtures though, last losing one back in 2003/04 (W12, D3 since). Nine of their 12 opening victories since have come to nil, and they’ve conceded just 0.42 goals on average per match across that period.
Lyon’s top L1 scorer last season, Moussa Dembélé, netted ten of his 15 goals after half-time. Lyon were L1’s second-best away team in 2018/19, averaging 1.68 points, and 1.68 goals scored, per road trip.
Monaco vs Lyon Head to Head
Lyon won five of the previous ten H2H duels; Monaco have three victories while two clashed ended without a winner. The Monégasques won the previous H2H tilt at Stade Louis II, 2-0, while Lyon were better when they were hosts in 2018-19. Both teams have scored in four of the last five H2H held here. The last three produced over 1.5 first-half goals.
Monaco vs Lyon France Ligue 1 Betting Tip
I expect to see much better displays from Monaco this season and they must open the campaign with a positive result against tricky opponents. I am not going to bet on the full-time score here, but I anticipate goals. Seven of the last nine H2H encounters produced goals on both ends, and my Monaco vs Lyon France Ligue 1 Betting Tip is both teams to score at 1.75 (-133). Also, you can check out our 2019-20 England Premier League Betting Pick for the game between Liverpool and Norwich City