Monaco vs RB Leipzig
Competition: UEFA Champions League
Date: 21 November 2017
Kick-off: 20:45 CET
There is no doubt Monaco have been one of the biggest disappointments in this group stage. Sure, their opponents, all three, are tough, and this season’s roster is not the same as last season’s, when they reached the Champions League semis and won the championship in France, but still, two points from four matches is a poor-poor tally. Mathematically, they are still in it. Realistically, finishing third, so as to play Europa League football come February, looks much more probable than finishing second, for which they need a combination of results, not just two wins of theirs. Last weekend they got stuck to a 1-1 draw at Amiens. They remain second in Ligue 1, but the gap to PSG grew to six points, as the Paris giants won their game.
RB Leipzig are proving that last year’s success was no accident. They are second in the Bundesliga, behind only Bayern Munich, and even in the Champions League they are still alive in the fight for the second spot, even though finishing second, at this point, doesn’t depend only on them. This game kick-offs almost an hour after the Besiktas vs Porto match will be over, and Leipzig are hoping the Turkish side beats Porto. In case RB and Porto finish level on points, it’s the Portuguese side that has the advantage. Not that finishing third and playing in the Europa League in February would be… humiliating for Leipzig. That goal, does depend on themselves. They basically need to leave Monaco undefeated, and get a better result than Monaco on the last day of the group stage (they will be hosting Besiktas, while Monaco will be away at Porto). Last weekend they drew 2-2 at Leverkusen. They took the lead twice (two penalties), but they still failed to win, despite the fact that they were playing with an extra man in the last 40 minutes.
Previous five matches:
Amiens vs Monaco 1-1
Monaco vs Guingamp 6-0
Besiktas vs Monaco 1-1
Bordeaux vs Monaco 0-2
Monaco vs Caen 2-0
Leverkusen vs RB Leipzig 2-2
RB Leipzig vs Hannover 2-1
Porto vs RB Leipzig 3-1
Bayern Munich vs RB Leipzig 2-0
RB Leipzig vs Bayern Munich 1-1
Monaco’s next game is on Sunday, again at home, versus PSG (France Ligue 1). A day earlier. Leipzig will be hosting Werder Bremen (Germany Bundesliga).
Monaco vs RB Leipzig: Head to head Stats
Their game earlier this season was the first ever between these two.
Monaco vs RB Leipzig: Prediction
Despite having underperformed in their group matches so far, I’m backing Monaco to win this game.
Monaco vs RB Leipzig: Betting Tips
Monaco’s win pays 2.25. It’s tempting to combine that with “over 2.5 goals”, but even 2.25 is good enough, I reckon, to avoid the extra risk.
More UEFA Champions League betting tips and match previews:
- Spartak Moscow vs Maribor
- Besiktas vs Porto
- Manchester City vs Feyenoord
- Napoli vs Shakhtar Donetsk
- Sevilla vs Liverpool
- APOEL Nicosia vs Real Madrid
- Borussia Dortmund vs Tottenham
- CSKA Moscow vs Benfica
- Qarabag vs Chelsea
- Basel vs Manchester United
- Anderlecht vs Bayern Munich
- PSG vs Celtic
- Atletico Madrid vs Roma
- Juventus vs Barcelona
- Sporting vs Olympiakos