Ligue 1 Preview: AS Monaco vs. FC Lorient

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Updated: August 5, 2014
Arsenal v AS Monaco - Emirates Cup

Match Date: 10 August 2014 (local time)

Venue:  Stade Louis II

 

After a near miss last season, AS Monaco is keen on making a strong start in their title campaign. Many will be witnessing the return of Radamel Falcao as he recovers from an injury that halted his World Cup appearance.

 

But Falcao is not the only player worthy of attention and interest. Many are also anticipating Jordan Ayew to prance around the pitch wearing a Lorient jersey.

 

The contenders

AS Monaco

Monaco has recently participated in the Emirates Cup where it went against Valencia and Arsenal.

 

The celebrated tournament can be fairly considered as its first competitive match prior to Ligue 1’s kick-off.

 

Monaco forced a draw against Valencia and they secured the upper-hand against Arsenal. The Arsenal victory also did not only witnessed Falcao’s appearance since he incurred the injury, it was also the match where  scored the squad’s winning goal.

 

FC Lorient

Like Monaco, Lorient is also keeping itself busy via engaging in friendlies against other clubs.

 

However, the squad continues to struggle in snatching a victory. Out of its six (6) friendlies, it has only won once.  Apparently, the club is still looking for that perfect combination that will help them compete in the top-flight league.

 

The star men

The attention is now on Falcao. Much of the burden of keeping Monaco alive lies on his hands after some of his reliable teammates left the team. World Cup Golden Boot winner, James Rodriguez is now playing for Real Madrid whilst Emmanuel Rivieres is trying to make a name at Newcastle United.

 

As for Lorient’s side, it is evident that the attention is shifted to Ayew. Many hope that he will be able to help the squad return to its glorious days.

What the odds say

Handing over a 1-1.5 Asian handicap, AS Monaco is valued to win at 1.97 in the sports betting site, 12BET. Monaco’s profitability is also increased by the fact that it will be playing in its own ground. Therefore, going for a 1.37 odds rooting for the host is also lucrative.

 

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