Ligue 1 Lorient vs Monaco 8/13/2021 Prediction and Match Preview

Monaco failed to take the three points in the home premiere last Friday, but they did have a great reason for that. They will now look for their first three-pointer of the season when they will be hosted by Lorient on Friday. Lorient also played for a draw in their first match of the season and they will now hope to avoid the loss against Monaco.

Lorient (0 wins, 0 losses, 1 draw) are coming off a 1-1 draw at Saint Etienne, in a match where both teams created quite a few chances. Saint Etienne had 20 scoring chances but just 3 shots on goal, while Lorient had 12 scoring chances with also 3 shots on goal. They took the lead at the 52nd minute with Le Goff, but Saint Etienne pulled even just 18 minutes later with Khazri for the final 1-1 draw. Lorient will be hoping to do much better this season, as they finished 16th in the Ligue 1 last season with 11 wins, 18 losses and 9 draws, scoring 50 and conceding 68 goals in return. 21 of their 38 matches had Over 2.5 Goals, with an average of 3.1 goals per match. Lorient were really good at home last season (10 wins, 7 losses, 2 draws), scoring 31 and conceding 29 goals. 11 of their 19 home matches had Over 2.5 Goals, with an average of 3.2 goals per match. However, they need to improve their away record, as last season they won just 1 of their 19 away matches (1 win, 11 losses, 7 draws), scoring 19 and conceding 39 goals. 

Monaco (0 wins, 0 losses, 1 draw) also played for a 1-1 draw in the premiere, at home against Nantes. They looked quite numb in the first half but did manage to take the lead at the 14th minute with Martins. Their opponents pulled even at the 42nd minute with Castelletto, in what was their only shot on target in the entire match. Monaco were dominant in the second half but could not find the winning goal. Prior to that they beat Sparta Prague by 2-0 on the road in the Champions League Qualifiers, and they also beat them by 3-1 at home on Tuesday for the second leg. Monaco did a great job to finish at the 3rd spot last season (24 wins, 8 losses, 6 draws), scoring 76 (3rd best offense) and conceding 42 goals in the process (4th best defense). 27 of their 38 matches had Over 2.5 Goals (most in the league), with an average of 3.1 goals per match. Monaco also had the 4th best away record (12 wins, 6 losses, 1 draw), scoring 33 and conceding 21 goals. 11 of their 19 away matches had Over 2.5 Goals, with an average of 2.8 goals per match.

Lorient vs Monaco. Monaco destroyed Lorient by a massive 5-2 in this venue last season, before a 2-2 draw in Monaco. They are now unbeaten in their last 6 matches in all competitions against Lorient (5 wins, 1 draw), keeping 4 clean sheets but conceding twice in the 2 most recent. Moreover, they have won each of their last 4 matches in this venue and have lost just 1 of their last 8 matches here (4 wins, 1 loss, 3 draws). Monaco might be a bit tired after their mid-week match and that could spell trouble. Siding with the Over 2.5 Goals here.

Ligue 1 Lorient vs Monaco 8/13/2021 Prediction and Match Preview

Ligue 1 Starting Time: 15:00PM EDT

Location: Stade du Moustoir, Lorient

Date: Friday, August 13th 

Ligue 1 Odds: Monaco -0.75

Ligue 1 Totals: 2.5

Free Ligue 1 Pick: Over 2.5 Goals

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