Monaco vs Dortmund
Champions League Quarter-final, Game 2
Today, 20:45 (CET)
Stade Louis II
Following the events leading up to the first leg of this 2016/17 UEFA Champions League quarter-final in Germany, the match was re-scheduled for early on Wednesday evening. Borussia Dortmund played the match, despite having their team bus attacked 24 hours earlier.
It is impossible to guess whether Tuesday’s attack had an impact on the slow start made by Dortmund in the first leg but they struggled to get into the game. Fabinho missed an early penalty for Monaco but they were not going to be denied their goal and that man, Kylian Mbappe, bundled the ball home at the far post to give the visitors the lead on 19 minutes.
Monaco continued to press for further away goals and they were rewarded with a Sven Bender own goal. The German midfielder was filling in for Marc Bartra, who was forced to miss the match following the bomb attack and all he could do was head Andrea Raggi’s cross beyond his own goalkeeper.
Dortmund came out strong in the second half and Thomas Tuchel made two changes, with the introduction of Christian Pulisic proving a good decision. Ousmane Dembele gave the home crowd something to cheer about by tapping home from close range on 57 minutes but sloppy play at the back allowed Mbappe to restore Monaco’s two goal cushion. Shinji Kagawa added a late second goal for the hosts but they have it all to do in France.
1. 1X2 Betting Odds
Monaco have been in superb form and their confidence was evident in winning the first leg of this tie. The Ligue 1 leaders have lost only one of their last ten games in all competitions and have won their previous ten home matches. They are also undefeated in their last ten home Champions League games, winning eight of them. You can back Monaco to win this game at 3.10 with Bet365.
Dortmund did well to even take the pitch in the first leg, having had little time to deal with what happened. However, they were second best in the first half and could not turn things around in the second, meaning they must win this match to have any chance of progressing. Dortmund are 2.20 with Bet365 to win the game.
The draw can also be backed at 4.00.
2. Monaco vs Dortmund Betting Tips
If Borussia Dortmund are to qualify for the semi-final of the Champions League they must win this match by 2 clear goals or at least 3-2 to take the game to extra-time. Only once in fourteen home Champions League games have Monaco lost by a 2 goal margin and you can get 6.00 with Bet365 for Dortmund to win the game by 2 clear goals. Alternatively, you can back Dortmund to qualify at 3.25.
Monaco enjoy nothing more than scoring goals and they are not going to change their philosophy for this game, despite having a lead to defend. Dortmund will also attack, as they have little choice given the circumstances and this will see another open, free-flowing game. Monaco to win and both teams to score is on offer at 4.00 with Bet365.
Monaco will be without Brazilian midfielder Fabinho, who is suspended for this game. However, Leonardo Jardim could have full-backs Benjamin Mendy and Djibril Sidibe available, both of which missed the first leg and are very influential to the way Monaco like to play. Dortmund will hope to have Marco Reus back in contention but he is likely to be the only addition to the team from the first leg.