The second batch of Champions League fixtures return to our television screens this evening, and one of the two includes the tie of the round from the first leg matches - Monaco and Manchester City. Will we see another goalfest in the south of France? Will it be pragmatic? Will it heck! The other fixture is pretty well set unless Bayer Leverkusen can do the almost impossible, as four sides battle it out to join Real Madrid, Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Juventus, Leicester City and Borussia Dortmund in the quarter finals...
Okay, a couple of things to ask before we get into this one. Firstly, is anyone predicting a 0-0 following the goalscoring exploits and pretty shambolic defending from both sides in the first leg? Secondly, and finally, is anyone not watching this game over the Atletico vs. Bayer match? We think the answer to both of these questions is a resounding “no!”
City may well be 5-3 up against the Ligue 1 leaders, but with their defensive frailties along with Monaco’s prowess in front of goal, this should be an absolute belter. But Monaco are without key defender Kamil Glik through suspension, which won’t help their cause.
The issue with City though is that you never really know what you’re going to get with them. Pep Guardiola believes City will have to score in Monaco if they are to progress, proving how seriously he’s taking this second leg tie. A 2-0 win and the hosts go through thanks to the away goals.
What We Sayin’?
We’re behind Monaco to triumph on the night and on aggregate with a 3-1 home win at 16/1.
Atletico are sitting pretty in this tie, leading 4-2, with the four away goals a very nice cushion to have going into this second leg against Bayer Leverkusen. The German side will need three goals without reply at the Vicente Calderon to go through, which, in all honesty, we can’t see happening in the Spanish capital.
Tayfun Korkut has taken over the reigns at Bayer from Roger Schmidt and faces a tough challenge against Diego Simeone’s side, who have only lost one of the 20 home Champions League games under his stewardship.
It gets worse for Korkut, who will be without key players such as Hakan Calhanoglu, Jonathan Tah, Omar Toprak, Stefan Kiessling and skipper Lars Bender. There’ll only be one way this goes...
What We Sayin’?
Yannick Carrasco to score the first goal of the evening at 5/1, on what should be a comfortable evening for Atleti.
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