Dortmund vs Monaco by Isaiah
Dortmund had some decent results in previous weeks, but suffered quite heavy defeat 4:1 away from home to Bayern Munich last Saturday evening, once again showing that they are far below the quality needed in order to fight for the title against the strongest side in the country.
Bayern was simply way better, opened the game in a strong fashion and took the double lead already after ten minutes of the match via Ribery and Lewandowski. Even though though Guerreiro reduced the deficit in 20th minute, hosts proved to be way more concrete and stronger side in the repetition, sealing the victory via Robben in 49th and Lewandowski in 68th minute from a penalty kick. After this defeat, they are fourth position, being just a point less than third and direct Champions League ticket holder Hoffenheim, being in a must situation to win back that third position at least.
Dortmund should be lined up in 4-1-4-1 formation, using Aubameyang as central striker, but also with Dembele, Guerreiro, Castro and Pulisic as offensive midfielders. Defensive midfielder Julian Weigl and forward Shinji Kagawa are doubtful for this game, but could recover in time. Offensive midfielders/forwards Mario Gotze (16/2), Marco Reus (11/2) and Andre Schurrle (15/2) probably all miss due injuries, same as midfielder Erik Durm (9/0).
Monaco, on the other side, didn't have very easy job on Saturday evening, but the team still managed to take the three pointer away from home against Angers, continuing their title race in the best possible way. Home team looked more threatening in the first halftime, but the visitors upped their game in the repetition.
Only goal was scored in 61st minute via Falcao, while the players of Monaco remained being better, showing their best when it was needed the most. With seven matches till the end for both PSG and Monaco, players of Monaco are leading the table with three points more than the Parisians, also having four more than Nice, but also with game in hand in comparison to them as well.
Visitors from Monaco will be playing in their typical 4-4-2 formation, using Mbappe and Falcao most likely as forwards. Offensive players Boschilia (11/6) is injured, same as forward Guido Carrillo (17/7). Defensive midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko (27/2) is suspended, while doubtful remains right and sometimes left full back Dhibril Sidibe (25/2).
- There have been over 2.5 goals scored in 13 of Monaco's last 16 games (UEFA Champions League).
- There have been over 2.5 goals scored in 8 of Borussia Dortmund's last 10 games (UEFA Champions League).
Goals look like quite a promising bet here, but my first choice will go with Monaco this time. I believe the odds aren't reflecting their fair chances this time, since the home team could benefit from a couple of more available players, while in my opinion, Monaco have anyway been in a better form at this moment.