Villarreal vs Monaco by Rahul
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Monaco on the other hand have had Jardem at the helm for many years now, and he has built the team as a strong defensive unit with good counter-attacking skills. That saw them go back to 3rd place last year, without any major signings. Monaco will be a far more ready squad after playing in the 2nd round qualifying where they beat Fenerbahce over 2 legs by an aggregate score of 4-3. Prior to that they had played enough quality friendlies against teams like Zenit, Sporting, Napoli, Basel before they kicked off their Ligue 1 campaign at the weekend. They came back from a 2-0 deficit to a 2-2 draw, which would have been the ideal result as they rested key players like Bernardo Silva, Joao Coutinho, Adama Traore for this critical mid-week fixture.
Both teams will look to take advantage in this opening leg, but I feel the more organised and better prepared side in Monaco should be worth backing to hold on at least to a draw as compared to the uncertainty that Villarreal posses. I am backing Monaco or Draw in this game.
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|Monaco AH:+0.5||Pinnacle||1.90||6||1-2 WON (+5.4 units)|
* Odds as of post published time and are subject to change.