Betting Preview: Monaco v Lorient

Monaco and Lorient kickstart another busy Sunday fixture list in Ligue 1. The hosts are flying under Phillipe Clement as they eye a Champions League berth while progressing for the semifinals of the Coupe de France. Lorient ended a 16-game winless run with a solid display against Lens at the same time last week.

Monaco scoring goals for fun

14 goals in 5 games under Clement after a debut goalless draw against Nantes results in 3 goals per match for Monaco. They also kept three clean sheets in four Ligue 1 games under the former Club Brugge coach.

Last weekend’s win against Lyon was a massive one as they were near the top-four sides at the expense of Peter Bosz’s side. After missing out on Champions League football with a defeat to Shakhtar Donetsk in the qualifiers, Monaco will target to have another go in Europe’s premier competition.

As for their Coupe de France adventure, they will face another away trip in the semifinals at Nantes. They will hope to lift the trophy they missed in the final last time out with only one home game in the competition.

When and where to watch?

The match kicks off at 12:00 on Sunday 13th February 2022, and the entire match will be available on BT Sports.

Dream debut for Innocent and Kone

It was a perfect Sunday afternoon for Lorient last time out. Despite missing out on their influential midfielder Laurent Abergel, the struggling side finally returned to winning ways in some style.

As has been the case for a while, Terem Moffi had a horrible day in front of goal, but his movements caused havoc to Lens’ defense alongside the brilliant Arnaud Lauriente, who had another stellar game.

And the two new signings straight from the AFCON duty had a memorable debut. Bonko Innocent was solid in place of Abergel while Ibrahima Kone scored in his very first touch.

Moffi the star when the two last met

Moffi is the top scorer in games involving Lorient and Monaco with four goals. When he was substituted off against Monaco late in the game last time out, the stadium was full of appreciation for their star who netted the only goal of the game. The story is different since then as Moffi went months without finding the net.

AS Monaco & FC Lorient Team News

Myron Boadu, Benoit Badiashile and Cesc Fabregas are yet to return to the side after their respective injury issues.

Burkinabe Dango Outtarra had a memorable AFCON, but he’s now out after testing positive for COVID-19.

Monaco expected to continue their positive run

Clement makes use of the weekend’s game to give playing times for the youngsters and fringe players. Vito Mannone had another good game in goal while Maghnes Akliouche was superb in place of Sofiane Diop. Top scorer Wissam Ben Yedder is also an unused substitute. Lorient is also in a good spirit after ending their awful run of the winless streak. Nevertheless, they get results against most of the big Ligue 1 sides this term.

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Author: Annette May