Manchester City vs. Monaco: Champions League Last 16 First Leg – Match Preview

The French league leaders Monaco travel to Manchester City on Tuesday for the first leg of their Champions League tie.

Manchester City were held to a goalless draw away at Huddersfield on the weekend in their FA Cup Fifth Round fixture.

City qualified second from their Champions League group, finishing below Barcelona despite beating the Spanish giants at the Etihad.

Monaco topped a group containing Tottenham, beating the English side home and away on route to easy qualification.

Their lead at the top of Ligue 1 remained at three points, despite a 1-1 draw away at Bastia on Friday evening.

Enhanced match odds

Manchester City to beat Monaco: 6/1 with 888 Sport*

Manchester City to beat Monaco: 7/1 with Coral*

Manchester City to beat Monaco: 8/1 with Betfair*

Manchester City to beat Monaco: 8/1 with Paddy Power*

Champions League form: Manchester City W1 D3 L1; Monaco W2 D2 L1
Champions League top scorers
Manchester City – Sergio Aguero 3 goals
Monaco – Three players on 2 goals

Team news
Yaya Toure has been added into Champions League squad after he wasn’t registered for the group stage of the competition.

Vincent Kompany and Gabriel Jesus are out for City, along with the long term injured absentee Ilkay Gundogan.

Jemerson is suspended for Monaco, whilst Boschilia is ruled out with a knee injury.

Radamel Falcao is expected to start up front following an excellent campaign for the French side.

Expected starting XI’s
Manchester City (4-2-3-1): Caballero; Zabaleta, Otamendi, Stones, Clichy; Fernandinho, Toure; Sane, De Bruyne, Silva; Aguero
Monaco (4-4-2): Subasic; Sidibe, Glik, Raggi, Mendy; Silva, Bakayoko, Fabinho, Lemar; Falcao, Germain

Predictions

Result: Manchester City (8/1 with Betfair)*

Correct Score: 2-1 (15/2 with Bet Victor)

Anytime Goalscorer: Kevin de Bruyne (5/2 with Betfred)

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