Monaco vs Zenit by Mudhara_9er
Monaco will be the favourites to secure a spot in the next rnd of the champions league because they are at home and any result but a loss will be enough for them. They are undefeated at home managing a win and draw while kerping a clean sheet in both matches, however they will come into tonights clash without key defenders Carvalho and Kurzawa while Kondogbia and Raggi are doudtful, all four players have been influential in Monacos defensive strategy and will be a big loss to the squad tonight. Monaco have however started to show quality on the attacking side, managing to bang 7 goals in their last 5 matches, at home they are undefeated in there last 5 matches which include 5 draws, but again their scoring (7 goals)has improved, managing to score against defensive sides such as Caenhe french side will be banking hard on passing their last obstical tonight but with a wounded defence they might just have to invest more in their attack to get an early goal and the fans behind them.
Zenit have had troubles tranferring their Russian dominace into the champions league, only managing to win against Benfica and dissapoint at home against Leverkusen and Monaco. Tonight the Russians have to up their game and hope that their attacking line can cause Monacos makeshift defence problems. They know that they have to be aggressive early in the match as longer the match goes with leading goal the closer they come to failure and the louder the French fans become. The Russians are a strong side with excellent individuals, but when it comes to playing away from home, they tend to under perform, however they come into this match with victories over Krasnodar, Kazan and Cska.
I would go for Zenit to win this match but their away form isn't reliable enough to bank om. Monaco have enduared pressure but the team has yet to feature in a match with such importance as this one, they are the favourites and can only dissapoint, whereas Zenit can only surprise, so it will be interesting to see which teams gets the job done in this widely open match.
The stats are against me but its worth the bet!! Good Luck :)
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