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Monaco V Manchester City
Wednesday 15th March 2017
20:45 Kick off Live on BT Sport available with GibSat
I am going to put my head on the block and say there is no way the 2nd leg will be able to live up to the quality of the first leg. At the Etihad these 2 produced one of the games of the season with Manchester City winning the tie 5-3.
The game was a fantastic spectacle from start to finish, whilst Man City dominated the possession it was the visitors who dominated the chances. Despite the lack of chances it was City who took the lead on the 26th minute through Raheem Sterling. that sparked Monaco to life and they equalised shortly after through Radamel Falcao on the 32nd minute. Monaco then went in front 5 minutes before the break through Kylian Mbappe.
After half time the action and excitement didn’t let up and on the 50th minute the visitors were awarded a penalty, Falcao stepped up and took the penalty but it was a very weak effort and the City keeper Caballero made the save. In the 58th minute Sergio Aguero made Falcao regret his miss when he managed to grab an equaliser. Monaco hit back just 3 minutes later and this time Falcao did manage his 2nd.
With 20 minutes to go the English side got a grip of the game and managed another equaliser through Aguero who got his 2nd of the game. Central defender John Stones then put City in front with just 12 minutes to go, Leroy Sane then completed the scoring and put City 5-3 up.
There was a total of 10 yellow cards in the first leg and a very feisty atmosphere and I expect that to continue into the 2nd leg.
Since their loss to City Monaco have been on a 4 game winning streak, the only concern is that they have conceded in all of those wins bar 1 which they need to avoid doing if possible in this 2nd leg.
Since the victory in the first leg City have been unbeaten themselves in the last 4 winning 3 and drawing 1. Last time they got a 2-0 away win against a tough Middlesbrough side, they would love a repeat of that scoreline here.
The home side will have some confidence in knowing they have never been knocked by an English side in 3 previous Champions League ties (Man Utd 1998, Chelsea 2004,Arsenal 2015).
Man City however have never lost to French opposition in 4 previous European matched winning 2 and drawing 2.
To win the match you can get Monaco best price @ 13/8 with Bet365, Man City are generally an 8/5 shot but you can get 83/50 with Marathon bet and the draw is best with Bet VIctor and Bet Fred @ 3/1.
To qualify Monaco are 4/1 with most firms including Bet365 and Man City are @ 2/9 with Skybet.
Man City have been known to bottle it in the knock out stages so I will be having a cheeky punt on Monaco to Qualify @ 4/1 as they do always seem to score.