Monaco vs Dortmund by PatrickBateman
Monaco are coming in great form, having won ten out of the last eleven competitive games, losing only to PSG in the Coupe de la Ligue final. Also, they have scored in the last 27 successive games, proving that they are one of the most prolific teams in Europe. In the last game they beat Dijon and kept the leading spot in the league in front PSG. It didn`t start well for them, having left for break being 1:0 down. In the second half they continued to struggle, and got an equalizer only in 69th minute. It looked like that was all they can do, and that Dijon will snatch a point from Monaco, when Falcao scored astonishing goal from the free kick in 81st minute, making sure that Dijon leave empty-handed. Boschilia, Carillo and Nguinda will miss out due to injuries, while Fabinho is suspended.
After a tough defeat to Bayern, and a home defeat to Monaco in the first leg which was shadowed by terrible scenes the day before, Dortmund have bounced back with a win against struggling Frankfurt. It was a pretty straightforward game from the beginning, even though Frankfurt were levelled for a short period of time - more precisely, five minutes. Fabian cancelled out Reus` early goal, but Sokratis put Borussia up again in 34th minute. Second half was all Borussia, with the visitors not having answer for the hosts` pressure. Aubameyang added third in 86th minute to clear out any doubt, if there even was one, and Borussia got a much needed win. Much needed in their quest for third place, but also mentally, since it was surely hard for them to play after what happened on Tuesday. Here, they will be without injured Rode, Schurrle and unfortunate victim of the attack Bartra, while Gotze remains out.
Last game finished 3:2 in favour of Monaco, which is huge advantage considering Monaco have scored three away goals. In all honesty, the game shouldn`t have been played so soon after the attack, and Borussia were obviously and understandably shaken. However, they managed to score two goals and keep themselves in the game. They`ll need at least two goals here to progress, and therefore they will need to attack from the first minute. That should leave their already vulnerable defence even more exposed, and they will hardly manage to stop one of the most dangerous attacks in Europe scoring couple of goals. Bookies consider Borussia to be the favourites here, but I don`t share that view. Monaco are in better form at the moment, they look more dangerous, and in my opinion, they have a better coach. Also, Borussia`s away form has been anything but impressive lately, having won only two out of the last eight games across all competitions, and that being against Freiburg and 3rd-tier Lotte. Therefore, even though Monaco can afford to lose here, I don`t think they will. I think they will play like they always do, and try to put this game beyond any doubt as soon as possible. Since I believe that visitors will net at least one here, I will pick Monaco to stay unbeaten in a game with goals from both sides.
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