AS Monaco v Man City Betting Prediction | Backing a home win and both teams to score at 21/10 with Betfair

AS Monaco v Man City Betting Predictions
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Betting Tip: AS Monaco to win and both teams to score 21/10 with Betfair

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Given Monaco’s lack of true Champions League pedigree, it would be easy to assume Manchester City will breeze through to the quarter-finals. But that was what many thought when they met Arsenal at this stage two years ago, and they progressed with excellent performances against the Gunners.

This year, the club from the Principality are arguably in a better place. Leonardo Jardim’s side are currently top of Ligue 1, ahead of the side that put Barcelona to the sword last week, and playing some of the most attractive football in Europe full of pace and creativity.

Thomas Lemar and Kylian Mbappe will maintain intensity in attacking areas, both centrally and out wide, while Bernardo Silva and Joao Moutinho can slow the game down and keep possession. After two poor years in England with Manchester United and Chelsea, Colombian striker Radamel Falcao has found his feet back at the Stade Louis II and will most definitely prove a threat. Although he has lost the extra yard of pace that once made him the most deadly striker in Europe, his movement, runs and killer instinct in front of goal mean he will cause City’s defence. Because Lemar and Mbappe can support him from wide and Silva pushes on through the middle, Monaco will be able to exploit the visitors’ high defensive line effectivrly.

The game will probably start slowly. Because both teams possess the ability to control the tempo of the game, there will be some early power play. Frustratingly, for City boss Pep Guardiola, Ilkay Gundogan is still injured and will miss out. Without him, the team lacks that ball player from deep that Monaco have in Moutinho. Youngster Tiemoue Bakayoko patrols the midfield and will attempt to cut the supply line to David Silva and Kevin de Bruyne, the main men who make things happen. Monaco’s superior ability to link attack and defence will be crucial if they are to fulfil their potential in this tie, but that also puts pressure on Yaya Toure to perform.

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Monaco share similarities in their play to Everton, a side who beat City 4-0 at home in January. On that day, Toure let the game pass him by, unable to get up to the pace. If he does in this game, City can take control and nullify Monaco’s threat. They also drew at the Etihad playing in a similar way, so there are definite opportunities for Monaco, but with Sergio Aguero up front, City should have the quality to edge ahead.

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