EUROPA: Champions League – group stage
Match start: 20:45 (GMT+2)
In spring 2011 the former team of the famous German specialist Ralf Rangnick had reached the semi-finals of the Champions League. We are speaking now about Schalke.
Then Rangnick was heading the middle level team from the second German Bundesliga Leipzig and very soon the team began to belong to the elite of the German football. And according to the results of the first season in Bundesliga the debutant became the vice-champion of Germany. But, to tell the truth, this triumph the coach-winner was celebrating being the sport director of the club
Leipzig Germany (the head coach Ralph Hasenhüttl)
The team of Ralf Rangnick and Ralph Hasenhüttlthis season is not going to stop. In three last rounds the red and whites have won twice over Freiburg (4:1) and Hamburg (2:0) and is now in the group of leaders with 6 points. During the last calendar match in Hamburg two best players of Leipzig – holding midfielder Naby Keïta and center forward Timo Werner impressed the audience.
Monaco (the head coach Leonardo Jardim)
But the nearest rival of Leipzig – the defending champion of France – has greatly disappointed its fans in the last round. As the team had lost to the hosts of Allianz Riviera 4:0.
But, bearing in mind all squad losses that the team of Leonardo Jardim has survived during the last summer shoulder-season, all were surprised as the champion has gained 12 points in previous four rounds.
And now very interesting fact! When Monaco had lost in Nice the bookmakers quotations started to “swim” slowly to the vice-champion of Germany. It is hard to believe in the possible victory of the champion of France on Red Bull Arena. Here the most actual is the bet on hosts don’t lose.
Leipzig – 2.15, draw – 3.70, Monaco – 3.40;
tip: Leipzig (Asian handicap 0) - odds 1.55 5Dimes