Monaco will be looking to get their first Ligue 1 win of the season when they travel to face Lorient on Friday at 8pm (UK time).
Nico Kovac’s side drew their opening match of the league season against Nantes, while Lorient were also held by Saint-Etienne.
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Scoreline prediction: Lorient 0-2 Monaco
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Lorient vs Monaco build-up & previous line-ups:
Last season saw Lorient return to the top flight after a three-year absence and they were made to fight for their safety, ultimately finishing just two points clear of the relegation play-off spot. Arguably the biggest problem for Lorient was their defence, as only the bottom two conceded more goals than them in Ligue 1 last season, while they also had the third-worst goal difference. But they got the new campaign off to a fairly positive start last weekend, with Vincent Le Goff giving them the lead against Saint-Etienne before Lorient eventually had to settle for a point.
Monaco also started the Ligue 1 campaign with a lost lead resulting in a draw, as Gelson Martins’ opener against Nantes was cancelled out by Jean-Charles Castelletto. But the Ligue 1 opener was not Monaco’s first game of the season, as they have also started Champions League qualifying, drawn against Sparta Prague in the third round. The French side won the first leg 2-0, prior to their Ligue 1 start and had another 3-1 victory on Tuesday to secure their spot in the final qualifying round with consummate ease, now preparing for their tie against Shakhtar Donetsk.
- Lorient (vs Saint-Etienne): Nardi; Silva, Laporte, Morel, Mendes, Le Goff; Abergel, Lemoine; Le Fee; Moffi, Lauriente.
- Monaco (vs Sparta Prague): Nubel; Sidibe, Disasi, Badiashile, Henrique; Tchouameni, Fofana; Martins, Golovin; Volland, Ben Yedder.
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Monaco’s stern defence
While many will look at Monaco’s side and immediately wax lyrical about their attack, boasting the likes of Wissam Ben Yedder, Kevin Volland and Gelson Martins, Kovac has been building a solid defence especially on the road.
Monaco ended last season having kept a clean sheet in each of the final five away Ligue 1 games, their joint-longest run away from home having previously done so between December 1992 and February 1993. Only Lille have kept more consecutive away clean sheets in the top-flight in the 21st century, managing seven between August and November 2013.
And although Monaco’s run was solely last season, and the summer break would be enough to impact their defence, Kovac’s side have already shown solidity on the road in 2021/22. Their 2-0 win over Sparta Prague in the first leg of their Champions League third qualifying round came at Sparta’s Generali Česká pojišťovna Arena, with Monaco restricting their hosts to just six shots (two on target) and an overall xG of 0.6, in an overall impressive team performance with regards to their defence.
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