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BT Sport recently gambled big on the Champions League, spending £1.2 billion to secure the exclusive broadcast rights for the competition in Britain. For that outlay to prove a wise investment, BT Sport need Europe’s premier competition to keep producing the goods so that fans keep tuning in.
It’s fair to say, then, that the company’s bosses will be delighted with what they’ve seen so far from the first round of knockout fixtures.
We’ve had Barcelona’s miraculous recovery to qualify against PSG, Bayern Munich putting 10 past Arsenal in two legs and Manchester City’s helter skelter 5-3 win in the first leg of their tie against Monaco.
On Wednesday night, we’re in for yet more thrills, spills and attacking football in the second installment of Monaco v Man City with Leonardo Jardim’s set to do everything in their power to overcome the two goal deficit.
Man City 6/4 (Sky Bet)
Monaco 17/10 (Bet365)
Draw 3/1 (Boylesports)
Man City, maybe a little surprisingly, are the bookies’ favourites for the match at the Stade Louis II. Pep Guardiola’s men did get the better of Monaco at the Etihad Stadium but the stats suggest Wednesday will be very difficult for the English side.
Steaua Bucharest are the only team who Man City have beaten away in the Champions League this season while Monaco have won four of their five European home matches in the current campaign. Monaco have also only been knocked out once against Premier League sides in two-legged ties and beat Tottenham both home and away in the group stage.
Confidence is incredibly high in the Monaco ranks with Jardim’s men flying high at the top of Ligue 1. They know they’ve got what it takes to breach the Man City defence multiple times and will be encouraged that an attacking game plan is what’s required to progress to the quarter-finals.
Man City are a very dangerous side who have the potential to qualify but Monaco look the value bet to win the match at 17/10 with Bet365.
Draw 1-1 @ 8/1 (Paddy Power)
Man City 2-1 @ 10/1 (Betfred)
Monaco 2-1 @ 10/1 (Bet365)
Draw 2-2 @ 10/1 (William Hill)
Man City 1-0 @ 16/1 (Betfred)
Monaco 1-0 @ 16/1 (Betfair)
If the first leg is anything to go by, there will be goals for both teams on Wednesday. Man City’s two goal lead in the tie means they can make it through to the next round with a defeat but they must be wary given that Monaco have three away goals.
As neither team have what you’d describe as a rock solid defence, it makes sense for both Jardim and Guardiola to set their teams up to put pressure on the opposition by getting the ball forward into dangerous positions.
Both teams are sure to have good spells in the game so any bet on the Correct Score market should reflect both netting. It should also reflect a high scoring game in similar ilk to the first leg in Manchester. The odds of 18/1 that Bet365 are quoting on Monaco winning 3-2 look particularly tempting.
Sergio Aguero 7/2 (Paddy Power)
Falcao 7/2 (Sky Bet)
Kelechi Iheanacho 11/2 (Betfred)
Valere Germain 13/2 (Betfair)
Bernardo Silva 7/1 (William Hill)
Thomas Lemar 7/1 (Paddy Power)
Irvin Cardona 15/2 (Betfair)
Nolito 9/1 (Paddy Power)
The First Goalscorer market is one of the most competitive of any involving this match. Not only do both teams have world class creative players to craft chances but they’ve got world class attackers playing towards the top of their games.
From a Manchester City perspective, Sergio Aguero is the main man. He scored twice in the first leg and has really hit form following his return to the first team as a result of Gabriel Jesus’ injury. Aguero will get chances and should prove his status as one of the game’s best strikers but it’s his opposite number, Radamel Falcao, who is the man to back in the First Goalscorer market.
Just like Aguero, Falcao bagged a brace at the Etihad. The Colombian is also going through something of a resurgence since returning to play his football in France. This is a vastly different Falcao to the unfit player who failed to make an impact at either Chelsea or Man Utd. He did suffer a blow in the weekend but Jardim said it was only a knock and he should be fit enough to start. With Monaco set to come flying out of the traps on Wednesday, Falcao looks a solid first goalscorer bet at 7/2 with Paddy Power.
Monaco to win at 17/10 with Bet365
Falcao to score first at 7/2 with Sky Bet