EUROPA: Champions League – group stage
Match start: 20:45 (GMT+2)
For two evenings of the Tuesday and Wednesday on the 26th-27th of September will be held all 16 matches of the second round of the Champions League’s group stage. This time two matches will be held in Russia, France, Spain and Italy.
Now we present your attention one of the most interesting matches of this round. This is a calendar match of the 7th group G – defending champion of France Monaco and the 3rd winner of the Portuguese championship Porto.
Monaco France (the head coach Leonardo Jardim)
Two weeks ago during the first round the Monegasques had played in Leipzig against the vice-champion of Germany and had earned one point (1:1). And on last Friday the team of Leonardo Jardim in Lille had devastated Lille (0:4). Radamel Falcao was the author of the double. Now the forward has 11 scored goals and became the main challenger for new Golden Shoe.
Leonardo Jardim’ bid (4-4-2):
Benaglio – Touré, Glik, Jemerson, Jorge – Ghezzal, Fabinho, Moutinho, Lem – Falcao, Jovetić;
Porto Portugal (the head coach Sérgio Conceição)
In contrast to its nearest opponent the hosts of Dragão had suddenly lost the first match of the group stage to Beşiktaş (1:3). We doubt that the champion of Turkey is stronger than Porto. But, nevertheless, according to the results of the first round Beşiktaş became the only leader of the 7th group. Porto is now the main underdog.
Sérgio Conceição’ bid (4-4-2):
Casillas – Ricardo, Felipe, Marcano, Telles – Corona, Óliver Torres, Danilo, Brahimi - Marega, Aboubakar;
Last Friday during the calendar match of the national championship the hosts of Dragão had ruined Portimonense (5:2). The left winger Yacine Brahimi became the author of the double. But now Porto will face the meeting with absolutely different opponent. And the team of Sérgio Conceição is not a favorite. It is an underdog.
Monaco – 2.05, draw – 3.50, Porto – 3.40;
Monaco to win - odds 2.13 5Dimes