May 2017, when they were named champions of Ligue 1 for the first time since 2000, now seems a long time ago for AS Monaco. The club from the principality had a massive churn of players over the summer, losing Kylian Mbappe and Benjamin Mendy amongst others. Mbappe joined their primary rivals Paris Saint-Germain and the club from the capital are now significantly stronger than even Monaco. The league title, it seems, is definitely heading back to PSG – Unai Emery’s future depends on it.

Though they have begun their title defence relatively strongly – with six wins out of eight – AS’s displays in the Champions League, a tournament in which they were semi-finalists last season, suggests that they are nowhere near as strong. In Group G they have a single point from their opening two matches in what should be very winnable fixtures.

On Friday night, with the return of club football after the international break, Monaco face a real test of their credentials when they visit Lyon. Their opponents are rated as third favourites (36.0) to win the league title with Tipbet. The sports betting website, which gives a generous welcome bonus upon registration, has many in-game, pre-game and season (outright) bets. PSG are 1.02 favourites having won seven games already, giving them a three-point lead over Monaco. The club from the principality are offered at 7.50, though still have the quality to get a strong run together and they have 22 goals already.

Lyon are a strong outfit, though have had an inconsistent start. Their standout issue has been in defence with 13 conceded; despite scoring 17 times they have drawn four times, though with three wins and a single defeat there is clearly potential to improve rapidly and rise up from their current eighth. A win at the Groupama Stadium would be their first in five in all competitions - a run that has included four draws.

In total Tipbet are offering 61 markets for this fixture. They have Monaco at 2.70 to win, with the home side actually marginally more likely to claim a victory. OL can be backed at 2.45, while they are 1.45 to avoid defeat with the Double Chance bet.