French Ligue 1 leaders Monaco will be visiting English Premier League title chasers Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium in a big European Champions League clash this Tuesday, February 21st.
The second-leg of the home-and-away round-of-16 series will be played in Monaco on Wednesday, March 15th.
Manchester City vs AS Monaco – bet365 Soccer Betting Line:
- bet365 currently lists Man City as the favorites to win the game at 4/7 with Monaco 5/1 and a draw at 16/5
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Manchester City vs AS Monaco – Head to Head:
- This is the first time the two clubs will be meeting in a competitive match.
Manchester City – A Closer Look:
Manchester City enters the game in second place in the English Premier League, eight points behind league-leading Chelsea. They have 49 points from 15 victories, four draws and five losses with 47 goals for and 29 against. They’re two points ahead of both Tottenham and Arsenal with a three-point lead on fifth-place Liverpool and a four point edge on sixth-place Manchester United. Their last match was a fifth-round FA Cup contest against Huddersfield Town on the weekend.
City has reached the quarterfinals of the Champions League just once before, which was last season. They drew 2-2 against Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) in France and won their home leg 1-0. City is unbeaten in their past nine European outings with six wins and three draws. City has played French opposition just one other time when they drew 0-0 with PSG at home in the group stage of the 2008/09 UEFA Cup. They’ve never won the Champions League, but won the UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup in 1969/70.
Man City finished second in the group stage behind Barcelona with two wins, three draws and a defeat while scoring 12 goals and allowing 10. Manager Pep Guardiola has won all previous seven round-of-16 series as a manger with Barcelona and Bayern Munich. Man City’s Champions League squad changes see the addition of Kelechi Iheanacho, the inured Gabriel Jesus and Yaya Toure. Deletions include Angelino, İlkay Gundogan, Billy O’Brien, James Horsfield and Pablo Maffeo.
AS Monaco – A Closer Look:
Monaco won their group with three wins, two draws and a loss and finished ahead of runners-up Bayer Leverkusen. They scored nine goals and allowed seven against. Monaco entered last weekend’s French Ligue 1 games in first place with a slim three-point lead over PSG and was five points in front of Nice. The club is hoping to reach the Champions League quarterfinals for the second time in the past three years.
They reached the 2015 final four after beating English Premier League side Arsenal on the controversial away-goals rule in the round of 16. Monaco has beaten English opposition twice already this season as they downed Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 in London and in Monaco in the group stage. Monaco has five wins, two draws and two losses on their nine previous visits to England. In addition, Monaco has won five of their previous six two-legged ties against English teams.
These include wins over Manchester United in 1997/98, Chelsea in 2003/04 and Arsenal in 2014/15. Overall, Monaco has eight wins, four draws and four losses against English clubs with 21 goals for and 19 against. Monaco has also made changes to their Champions League squad as Franco Antonucci, Dylan Beaulieu and Jorge were added while Mehdi Beneddine, Adama Traore and Corentin Jean were subtracted. Jemerson will miss this game with a suspension.
Manchester City vs AS Monaco – Takeaway
Man City needs to take advantage of their home stadium and take all three points or they’ll be in a bit of trouble in the return leg.