RB Leipzig vs Monaco match previews
Competition: UEFA Champions League
Date: 13th September 2017
Kick-off: 20:45 CET
Venue: Red Bull Arena
RB Leipzig left everyone speechless with how well they did last season, winning a Champions League ticket (directly to the group stage, without even needing to go through qualifiers), despite being a newly-promoted to the Bundesliga side. During the summer, they… surprised people yet again, by refusing to sell Naby Keita to Liverpool. They did (sell him) eventually, but the youngster will not join Liverpool until next summer, so RB Leipzig got what they wanted, they’ll have Keita with them this season, and they’ll get a great deal of money for him next summer. At the start of the new German Bundesliga season, things looked… different, compared to a year ago, RB Leipzig lost 2-0 at Schalke, but they bounced back in style, beating Freiburg 4-1, and just last weekend, Hamburg, 2-0, away from home, with Keita scoring the first goal.
What a season Monaco had last year, and how big are the shoes this season’s squad has to fill in. Ligue 1 champions, semifinalists in the Champions League, it feels practically impossible to repeat last season’s successes, even less taking into consideration the fact that… half the players who get credited with those successes are no longer at Monaco. Benjamin Mendy, Bernardo Silva, Tiemoue Bakayoko, Kylian Mbappe, all gone. Thomas Lemar stayed, he refused a move to Arsenal on the last day of the transfer window, but… Last Saturday, Monaco got humiliated at Nice, losing 4-0, having four wins in as many games in the new Ligue 1 season before traveling there.
Previous five matches:
Hamburger SV vs RB Leipzig 0-2
RB Leipzig vs Freiburg 4-1
Schalke vs RB Leipzig 2-0
RB Leipzig vs Stoke City 1-2
RB Leipzig vs Benfica 2-0
Nice vs Monaco 4-0
Monaco vs Nimes 4-1
Monaco vs Olympique Marseille 6-1
Metz vs Monaco 0-1
Dijon vs Monaco 1-4
RB Leipzig’s next game is on Saturday, at home, against Gladbach. Same day, Monaco will be hosting Strasbourg.
RB Leipzig vs Monaco: Head to head Stats
RB Leipzig and Monaco have never faced each other before.
RB Leipzig vs Monaco: Prediction
Super interesting game, between two huge surprises of last season. Everything considered, I’m backing a home win.
RB Leipzig vs Monaco: Betting Tips
RB Leipzig to win is at 2.15 betting odds. For even more than that, I’d go with Leipzig and over 2.5 total goals, at 3.00, because both teams are super talented offensively, even this… butchered(!), compared to last season, Monaco. Therefore both teams to score could also be a good choice.
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