Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Monaco vs Manchester City Champions League - March 15, 2017

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Monaco vs Manchester City  - Competition: UEFA Champions League
The first leg between these two teams turned out to be a thriller. AS Monaco team led 3-2 at one point, missed a penalty and caused Man City serious problems for 70 minutes but their shaky defense conceded three goals in the last 20 minutes and inally lost 5-3. A 2-0 victory for AS Monaco would be enough here and it is not impossible for a team that go into this match in fine form having lost just one of their last 17 competitive games. Furthermore, Monaco have scored 50 in their first 14 Ligue 1 games on their own pitch this term, nearly double that of PSG! They are the highest-scoring side across Europe's five major leagues this season.
Centre-back Kamil Glik is suspended but Jemerson is available and should start alongside Andrea Raggi at centre back. Falcao is an injury doubt for Monaco. Should he be absent Valere Germain will earn a recall and partner the youngester Kylian Mbappe upfront. Tiemouè Bakayoko and Joao Moutinho are in contention for a starting berth in midfield. Boschilia and Guido Carrillo are both ruled out for Monaco, who are otherwise at full strength.
Man City team is unbeaten in the last 11 matches in all competitions, winning 8. Since heavy 4-0 defeat at the hands of Everton, the Citizens have won four and drawn two of their last six league outings. Furthermore, Guardiola's men progressed in the FA Cup with a 2-0 win at Middlesbrough last Saturday, meaning they have now gone six without conceding a single goal on their travels. In the Champions League group stage Man City lost 4-0 to FC Barcelona and drew at Monchengladbach (1-1) and Celtic (3-3).Kevin De Bruyne could be dropped from the engine room to make way for a defensively-stronger midfield, which will likely include Yaya Toure and Fernandinho. Up front Sergio Aguero will be supported by Leroy Sane, Raheem Sterling and David Silva. Vincent Kompany is a fitness doubt while Gabriel Jesus and Ilkay Gundogan are the only long-term absentees.

Monaco last 5 matches:
21/02/17 Manchester City 5 – 3 Monaco
25/02/17 Guingamp 1 – 2 Monaco
01/03/17 Olympique Mars… 3 – 4 E Monaco
05/03/17 Monaco 4 – 0 Nantes
11/03/17 Monaco 2 – 1 Bordeaux

Manchester City last 5 matches:
21/02/17 Manchester City 5 – 3 Monaco
01/03/17 Manchester City 5 – 1 Huddersfield
05/03/17 Sunderland 0 – 2 Manchester City
08/03/17 Manchester City 0 – 0 Stoke City
11/03/17 Middlesbrough 0 – 2 Manchester City
Date: 15 March 2017
Kick-off Time: 19:45 GMT
Venue: Stade Louis II, Monaco

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