Bayer Leverkusen vs Monaco
Competition: UEFA Champions League
Date: 07 December 2016
Kick-off: 20:45 CET
Monaco’s impressive form throughout the group stages have seen them already secure top spot with a game to play, they have nothing left to prove at this stage, but it i still a vital game for Leverkusen who could be knocked out of qualification depending on what Tottenham do.
Leverkusen are exactly three point off of Tottenham meaning should Spurs win and they lose, then it will come down to goals difference. Luckily for the Germans they have a three goal cushion that means the English need four goals in order to leapfrog them, but Spurs are playing the struggling CSKA Moscow. Leverkusen will want to win badly here, and they are at home and would fancy their chances, especially if Monaco don’t pitch up for this game as they need not exert themselves.
With three wins and two draw to go with their zero losses, Monaco can be proud of their performance in a group where they would not have been fancied as the toppers. They sit on 11 points and cannot be caught by Leverkusen who are on seven points. Monaco may well not put much effort into this game, which will be a relief for Leverkusen, as they will want to save their players for their domestic league seeing as this result will count for nothing.
Bayer Leverkusen vs Monaco: Previous encounter
When these two teams first met, it ended in a 1-1 stalemate in France. But it was a heartbreaker for the Germans as Hernandez was the first to score in the 74th minute, only for an extremely late equaliser from Glik four minutes into injury time in the second half.
Bayer Leverkusen vs Monaco: Prediction
There really is nothing for Monaco to play for here, as they need not risk their frontline players. In saying that there is everything for Leverkusen to play for as they are still in slight danger of not qualifying. Expect the Germans to win here, probably quite comfortably.
Bayer Leverkusen vs Monaco: Tips
Monaco have managed nine goals in five games so are not afraid when they get in front of the net, so bet on Leverkusen to win, but for both teams to score.