Monaco vs Porto by Lucien
Monaco had a very easy game on the road against Lille last Friday evening in something that was expected to be quite tricky trip for them. They were very efficient, using smaller percentage of ball possession in the best possible way and looking more than concrete everytime they had the ball to their feet.
Jovetic brought them into the lead in 24th minute, while Ghezzal doubled it up just few minutes later. Falcao was the star of the second halftime with two his goals, as the side recorded their second consecutive victory without a goal conceded, previous one being at home against Guingamp 3:0. They are now second at the table with a point less than PSG, while the side is obligated to seek a victory here after the draw in first round away to Leipzig if they are to challenge for a knockout stage.
Hosts could be playing in 4-2-3-1 formation with Falcao as central striker, plus Diakhaby, Tielemans and Sidibe as offensive midfielders. Goalkeeper Danijel Subasic (5/0) is out with ankle injury, also sidelined being offensive midfielder Keita (1/0), while doubtful is forward Gabriel Boschillia who comes from injury and didn't perform so far this season anyway.
Porto, on the other side, also comes from an impressive performance and a victory, trashing Portimonense with a 5:2 result last Friday evening. Marcano, Aboubakar and Marega opened up the opponents with three goals for Porto in the first halftime, as the guests were limited to a more passive role, but with decent number of their chances as well.
Second halftime looked even more open, with the visitors making a lot of problems at the back for Porto, but they sealed the victory with two more goals - both came via Brahimi. The side now has all seven victories in Primeira, leading the table with two points more than second placed Sporting. Getting back to Champions League, they need to get something out of this match, since the team (a bit) unexpectedly lost at home to Besiktas in the group opening game.
Visitors will be set playing in 4-4-2 formation with Aboubakar and Marega as forwards most likely. Midfielder Andre (4/0) is injured for this one, while doubtful remains other midfielder Otavio (due muscle injury). Maxi Pereira and Vincent Aboubakar are back in the team after missing their Champions League opener due suspension.
- Monaco have seen over 2.5 goals in their last 3 matches against Porto.
Monaco looks pretty solid this season and with the help of their fans they should be able to get the victory here. Porto didn't look that poor against Besiktas but still lost the game with three goals conceded. Portuguese side is far away from a naive one, but I don't see them being able to match French quality in attack.