|Statistics for last 10 matches ||AS Monaco / Atletico Madrid |
|Number of wins: ||2 / 2 |
|Number of draws: ||3 / 5 |
|Average scored goals per match: ||1.5 / 1.0 |
|Average conceded goals per match: ||2.1 /1.2 |
|Failure to score matches: ||2 / 2 |
|Team form (last 5 matches): ||W D L L D / D D W L D |
The Champions League often throws up some intriguing pairings in the group stage, and that is certainly the case in this 2018/19 edition.
Group A has pitted together Borussia Dortmund, Club Brugge and the opponents here: Monaco and Atletico Madrid. Try picking two from that lot to progress to the knockout phase of the competition!
To be honest, you would certainly expect both of these outfits to be in the mix. Monaco have established a reputation as something of a selling club in recent years, with their fantastic class of 2016/17, which won the Ligue 1 title so impressively, picked apart by the vultures at Europe’s elite clubs.
One such departure was Thomas Lemar, the talented midfielder who left Monaco to join Atletico Madrid, and he will visit his former employer in this opening Champions League 2018/19 match on September 18.
With Dortmund lurking in the background, Monaco will be desperate to claim all three points on home soil, while Atletico will want a point at least to get their campaign off to the right start.
It’s a fascinating prospect, so where does the smart betting money lie? Go on and check our Monaco vs Atletico predictions.
1. Odds Preview
The bookmakers’ odds are surprisingly one-sided for what appears to be a close match on paper, so do their prices reflect the reality of the situation?
Monaco are as long as 4.92, with Atletico available at 1.89 to take the spoils. The draw can be backed at 3.50.
Do you think those Monaco v Atletico odds are fair?
2. Monaco vs Atletico Prediction
So why are Monaco so unfancied?
It’s simple really: they have just sold too many high quality players to really compete at this level.
Lemar, Kylian Mbappe, Fabinho, Terence Kongolo, Rachid Ghezzal, Joao Moutinho, Benjamin Mendy, Bernardo Silva, Guido Carillo, Tiemoue Bakayoko…. how do you get over the loss of such talents all in the space of a year or so?
With great difficulty, is the answer, and that’s why the bookies are so dismissive of their chances.
It’s funny, because Atletico Madrid have not gotten off to the best possible start this season, with a formline of W1 D1 L1 in La Liga. And yet they are stronger than they have been for some time. The likes of Jan Oblak, Diego Godin, Saul Niguez and Antoine Griezmann have all stayed at the club, and been supplemented by the arrival of Lemar, Rodri and Nikola Kalinic.
And of course, Atleti have a fine European pedigree under Diego Simeone, with two Champions League finals complimented by that triumph in the Europa League last season.
Monaco are a club going through a period of transition, and with two defeats from four in Ligue 1 it appears as if this might be a tough old season as they look to find their feet without their galaxy of former stars.
Atleti, meanwhile, may consider the Champions League to be their best chance of winning some silverware this term; after all, it will be super tough to chase down Barcelona and Real Madrid over the course of a 38-game season.
And so we’re happy to back the Spaniards here at 1.89.
Group A of the Champions League 2018/19 could be a humdinger with Monaco, Atletico Madrid and Borussia Dortmund all paired together. The first two of those teams meet on September 18. Don't forget to check out Monaco vs Atletico betting tips from our users!