Monaco will be hoping the international break hasn’t affected their Ligue 1 form when they travel to face Lyon on Saturday at 8pm (UK time).
Niko Kovac’s side had a poor start to the season but went into the break on a three-game winning run which as lifted them to sixth, just two points outside the top four. Lyon, meanwhile, are without a win in two and have dropped to 10th, though they are only one point behind their visitors going into the weekend.
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Player to watch: Wissam Ben Yedder (Monaco)
A lot of focus surrounding Monaco this season will obviously be on Aurelien Tchouameni and the interest he is garnering from across Europe. But the 21-year-old midfielder is unavailable for the trip to Lyon due to suspension. So Wissam Ben Yedder can get some of the attention.
Ben Yedder has been a consistently good goalscorer across his senior career, scoring 10+ league goals in eight of the past nine seasons since he fully broke through at Toulouse in 2013. There were two seasons at Sevilla where he slightly underperformed, scoring 11 goals in 2016/17 and nine in 2017/18, but the Frenchman played less than 1,700 minutes in each of those campaigns.
Since re-finding his feet in 2018/19, Ben Yedder has scored at least 18 goals in three consecutive seasons including 18 and 20 over the past two campaigns since joining Monaco. The 2021/22 Ligue 1 campaign is only nine games old but it looks as though Ben Yedder will be pushing that tally yet again. Ben Yedder, who turned 31 in August, has scored five goals in nine Ligue 1 matches so far, with only Jonathan David and Gaetan Laborde managing more across the rest of the division.
That tally, added to the 13 he scored in the second half of 2020/21, sees Ben Yedder on 18 goals for 2021, his joint-highest goal return in a calendar year having also managed 18 with Toulouse in 2014. It would take something drastic for him to not break that record, and he could do it this weekend.
Ben Yedder loves playing Lyon, netting seven Ligue 1 goals in 11 games against Les Gones for Monaco and Toulouse (plus an extra two goals in the Coupe de France and Champions League, while at Sevilla). In the 21st century, only Kylian Mbappe (eight) has found the net more often against Lyon in Ligue 1 than Ben Yedder.
Wissam Ben Yedder has scored seven Ligue 1 goals against Lyon, only Kylian Mbappé (8) has found the net more often against OL in the 21st century.
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