The 2013/2014 season was a roller coaster for Monaco, who started on the right foot and seemed to be capable of challenging PSG for the lead. They had a comparable offensive with Falcao being every bit as good as Ibrahimovic, but unfortunately for him and his team, the injuries suffered earlier this season rendered his ambitious worthless. Without the Colombian striker, Monaco sank into near irrelevance and was never a real competitor for the leader.
Under normal circumstances, the team would’ve been happy enough with finishing second in Ligue 1, but with all the money that has been invested, second best was not enough. Luckily for them, they still have unrestricted access to the funds and no important players were transferred out. Furthermore, Falcao is finally fit to play and even though he missed the World Cup 2014, he can still make a difference for his club. He will get the first chance to prove his worth tonight when Monaco takes on lowly Lorient.
Falcao underwent a long and painful rehabilitation process, but what matters most is that he has returned to fitness and is going to play from the very first minute. Monaco will need all their offensive power to rein in PSG, but the real challenge is to turn this formidable squad into a constant team that doesn’t drop points against weak opponents. Lorient is fully aware of what they are going to face tonight and as a result will field a defensive starting formation with a single striker.
They don’t need to take any chances and if they somehow manage to earn one point on the road, that will be enough for them in their fans. Lorient is a very pragmatic team, who is only concerned about ensuring its survival in the French first division and doesn’t have high expectations for the upcoming season. By comparison, Monaco played a string of top friendly games and won all of them, including the narrow margin victory over Arsenal.
Regardless of the competition they played and the importance of the matches they got involved in, Monaco dominated opponents and had superior ball possession. This should show against Lorient, but the question that punters are asking themselves is whether there is a point in backing the hosts at odds of 1.40. There is a clear lack of value in these odds, so punters must push the envelope a bit, more precisely trust Monaco to cover the -1.5 goals spread for the sake of our odds of 2.15 with most bookmakers.