Ligue 1 begins with a big clash at Stade Louis II, where the 2016-17 champions face a stern examination against Sylvinho’s side.
Date: 9th August
Time: 20:45 CET
Venue: Stade Louis II
Ligue 1 kicks off on Friday with Monaco playing host to Lyon at Stade Louis II.
The home side were undoubtedly the most disappointing team in French football last season as they narrowly avoided relegation, but this time around they have their eyes set on a return to the Champions League.
Lyon, meanwhile, will once again play in Europe’s top tier, but after a somewhat flat 2018-19, they come into the new season having been given a summer facelift as club legend Juninho has returned as a sporting director, installing Sylvinho has the head coach.
Monaco Team News
Monaco will have to do without Radamel Falcao, Keita Balde and Aleksandr Golovin for this clash as the trio are all suspended.
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— AS Monaco EN (@AS_Monaco_EN) August 9, 2019
Leonardo Jardim’s offensive woes are heightened by the absence of Stevan Jovetic, Pietro Pellegri and Willem Geubbels. Goalkeeper Danijel Subasic is also out.
Right-back Djibril Sidibe has joined Everton on loan, meaning new addition Ruben Aguilar could be thrust straight into the action.
Predicted Monaco starting lineup: Lecomte; Aguilar, Jemerson, Panzo, Ballo-Toure; Fabregas, Henrichs, Traore; Martins, Foster, Lopes
Lyon Team News
Lyon have few such selection headaches. Indeed, they may be able to name a full-strength squad for the opening match of the campaign.
🔴 Match Day 🔵
— OL English 🇬🇧 (@OL_English) August 9, 2019
Marcelo has been troubled by injury in pre-season but probably would not have started in any case, while Martin Terrier has overcome both mumps and an adductor problem to feature.
Precited Lyon starting lineup: Lopes; Dubios, Andersen, Denayer, Kone; Tousart, Thiago Mendes, Aouar; Traore, Dembele, Depay
*Odds are subject to change