If the second leg of this 2016/17 Champions League Round of 16 tie is anything like the first one, we are going to be in for a real treat.
Everyone expected there to be goals in the first leg of the match between Monaco and Manchester City but no-one could have predicted what happened. With Manchester City taking the lead, it appeared Pep Guardiola’s team could take control of the match. However, Monaco had other ideas and equalised through Radamel Falcao. With the scores level at 2-2, Falcao scored a delightful goal to make it 3-2 in favour of the Ligue 1 team.
With the match going from end-to-end, Manchester City found an extra gear and went on to score three more unanswered goals, to take a 5-3 lead with them to the Stade Louis II for the second leg. The two-goal cushion will come as a relief to Guardiola and his players, who struggled to cope at the back with Monaco’s exciting forward line and could easily have conceded a fourth goal, if it wasn’t for a great save from Willy Caballero, denying Falcao his hat-trick.
The bookmakers are having a difficult time splitting the teams following the first leg of this tie and Monaco come in as slight underdogs to win the match, priced at 2.60 with Bet365. Although the Stade Louis II is not known for its intimidating atmosphere it should be full for this game and Monaco have lost just one match at home all season.
Contrast that with Manchester City’s away form this season and you see why Guardiola’s team shouldn't be priced as favourites with 2.45 with Bet365. Despite having won three and drawn one of their four away games prior to the first leg of this tie, City have lost six games on the road in all competitions this season compared to just one at home, so it is easy to see where they have been found wanting.
Following the 5-3 victory at the Etihad Stadium in the first leg, Pep Guardiola vowed to continue fighting fire with fire in the second leg and this is no surprise. Manchester City have struggled defensively this season and if they are going to win games like this, their best chance is surely through attacking football. Monaco are the top goal scorers in Europe this season and will also be going all out to get the goals they need to win this tie. Over 4.5 goals is 3.25 at Bet365.
Monaco have been exceptional at home this season and will continue playing the same way in this match. The two-goal lead may prove a little too much for the Ligue 1 club to overturn but that doesn’t mean they cannot win the match. Monaco to win and both teams to score is on offer at 3.75 with Bet365.
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