EUROPA: Champions League – Group Stage
Match start: 19:00 (GMT+2)
According to the results of three rounds the only leader of group G is Beşiktaş. The champion of Turkey has 9 points. Then we can name Leipzig, Germany (4 points) and Porto, Portugal (3). And the last place at the 7th quartet is taken by the team that was half a year ago the bright favorite. This is the defending champion of France Monaco. Alas, now the team has only one point.
Beşiktaş Turkey (the head coach Şenol Güneş)
But the defending champion of Turkey had played perfectly the first half of the group stage, having won Porto (3:1), Leipzig (3:0) and Monaco (2:1). The best forward of the Black Eagles at these matches was center forward Cenk Tosun (3 goals).
And now, according to the possible victory over Monegasques, Beşiktaş is able to leave its group ahead of time. But it is also necessary that Leipzig will take away the points during the away match against Porto.
Monaco France (the head coach Leonardo Jardim)
And what about Monegasques? Does the defending champion of France have any chances to impress the fans by the first round of play-off?
This is very difficult question! Theoretically, the red and whites can win three matches in a row over Beşiktaş (the 1st of November), Leipzig (21st of November) and Porto (6th of December). But at the same time, Leipzig and Porto have to share the points during the nearest match and then one by one lose to Beşiktaş and Monaco.
The modern sport in general and football in particular demonstrates sometimes amazing miracles. But here, to tell the truth, Monaco has only one chance out of 1 000. And the most difficult task will face the champion of France during away match against the champion of Turkey.
That will be the second Champions League game of Beşiktaş at home arena. Let us remember that during the first home match the Black Eagles of Şenol Güneş contrary to all predictions had won over Leipzig (2:0). And what team will become the winner now?
Beşiktaş – 2.25, draw – 3.75, Monaco – 3.20;
Our tip: Beşiktaş (Asian Handicap 0) - odds 1.71 5Dimes