After a thrilling first leg match at the Etihad, Monaco will host the 2nd leg of the Champions League Round of 16 fixture at the Stade Louis II on 16th March 2017 (KO: 1:15 am IST). This mouth-watering clash will surely attract a lot of viewers, as the previous and only meeting between the two sides saw Manchester City win 5-3 over the French opposition at the Etihad.
— Coral (@Coral) February 24, 2017
While Manchester City have never lost to French opposition in European competition (W2, D2), AS Monaco don’t have much to be proud of, as they have lost 6 of their last 8 Champions League knockout games. The first leg also saw 10 yellow cards handed out, the most in a Champions League game this season, so expect a fiery clash in the Principality with a spot in the Final 8 at stake.
DON’T COUNT MONACO OUT
Monaco will be looking forward to be the protagonist of the third comeback in the knockout stages of the Champions League 2nd leg this season (after Borussia Dortmund, and of course, Barcelona). Monaco’s home form has been lethal this season, and they will be looking to hurt Manchester City as they have a precipitous but steep mountain to climb. Since the last time these 2 sides met each other, Monaco won all their 4 games, scoring 12 in the process. Look out for them!
— Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) March 13, 2017
AS Monaco Team News
It would be a major boost for Manchester City if Radamel Falcao doesn’t start, as he goes ahead doubtful to be a part of the starting XI come Thursday. He suffered a hip injury and didn’t start against Bordeaux on Saturday. Though the striker confirmed he is hoping to recover soon enough to start the game. Guido Carillo is sidelined while Kamil Glik is suspended for the coming fixture.
CITY FAVOURITES TO ADVANCE AFTER 2 GOAL AGGREGATE LEAD
The Sky Blues came out on top in the first leg confrontation, as they came from behind twice to secure a two-goal advantage as they head into the second leg. Since that win, they have gone unbeaten in the 4 matches that followed it, conceding only 1 along the way. Another stat leaning in City’s favour is that, since the last 20 times a side has scored 3+ goals in the first leg of a UCL knockout tie, all of them succeeded in progressing to the next round. With so much on City’s side, nothing less than progressing to the next round will be acceptable.
Manchester City last 8 games in all competitions:
In form ????
— Aditya MCFC (@adi_mundu) March 2, 2017
Manchester City Team News
The team looked energetic in their 2-0 win over Middlesbrough on Saturday, and the team came through unscathed. Gabriel Jesus and Ilkay Gundogan remain sidelined due to long term injuries. Vincent Kompany is back in training, though it is doubtful he will be starting a match of such utmost importance.
MANCHESTER CITY XI (4-1-4-1): Willy Caballero; Bacary Sagna, John Stones, Nicolas Otamendi, Alexander Kolarov; Yaya Toure; Raheem Sterling, Kevin De Bruyne, David Silva, Leroy Sane; Sergio Aguero
AS MONACO XI (4-4-2): Danijel Subasic; Djibril Sidibe, Jemerson de Jesus Nascimento, Andrea Raggi, Benjamin Mendy; João Moutinho, Fabinho, Thomas Lemar, Bernardo Silva; Radamel Falcao, Kylian Mbappe-Lottin
PLAYERS TO WATCH OUT FOR
It’s not a surprise as all eyes will be on Sergio Aguero again. He seems to be coming back to form and his work rate has improved drastically under Guardiola. Kun has scored 6 goals in 5 matches, and even scored 2 goals in the 1st leg fixture between the two sides. The striker will definitely be the man, Manchester City will look to get the ball to.
Imagine missing 8-12 games from suspension, injury & being dropped for Jesus & still getting 24 goals for the season…
Sergio Aguero.. ???????????? pic.twitter.com/cehBcKcyhI
— The City Bulletin (@TheCityBulletin) March 11, 2017
Monaco teammate Bernardo Silva this week claimed that teenage sensation Mbappe was ‘something special’, and boy, do we agree. The French boy scored his 16th goal against Bordeaux, and also scored in the 1st leg fixture vs Manchester City. He has the ability to hurt the City backline.
Kylian Mbappé has now scored 10 goals in his last 10 games across all competitions for Monaco.
Hot prospect. ???? pic.twitter.com/XXjdBjbwTj
— Squawka Football (@Squawka) March 11, 2017
MONACO 2-1 MANCHESTER CITY
Both sides are attack-heavy, however, City have improved in defensively of late, keeping 5 clean sheets in the last 7 games. Monaco will win the tie, but it will be the Citizens who qualify to the next round.
You can watch Monaco vs Manchester City live on Thursday, 16th March, 2017 at 1:15 am on the Ten Network.