Manchester City v Monaco match stats
- Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has never failed to reach the semi-finals of the Champions League
- The Citizens have won six and drawn three of their last nine UCL fixtures at the Etihad Stadium
- AS Monaco have lost just once in their last nine outings in the Champions League
Manchester City v Monaco betting preview
Manchester City's Premier League season hasn't been all plain sailing under Pep Guardiola. Although the Citizens started their campaign with ten consecutive victories in all competitions, Pep's masterplan has been found out on a few occasions as his side have slipped up in league fixtures against the likes of Everton, Tottenham Hotspur and Leicester City.
In the Champions League, Guardiola's men were handed a fairly difficult group but mainly thanks to a home victory over his former club Barcelona, they were able to beat off competition from Borussia Monchengladbach and Celtic to finish second. With no defeat in their last nine home matches in the Champions League, they're odds on for the win in this first leg at 8/15 with Sky Bet
AS Monaco are back in a title race in the French top tier. Ligue 1 has been dominated by Paris Saint-Germain in recent years but following some big changes at Parc des Princes in the summer, les Parisiens are struggling and Les Rouges et Blancs are one of the teams taking advantage as they fight it out at the top of the table with sights set on a first Championatt since 2000.
On the European stage, Monaco were able to kick-off their Champions League campaign with a famous win at Wembley Stadium over Tottenham Hotspur and they went on to win two and draw two of their next four to confirm their route through before a final matchday defeat against Bayer Leverkusen. An away win here would be something of a shock at 21/4 with BetVictor
We're backing some goals in this game. Guardiola has begun to adopt a more energetic and intense attacking style in recent weeks and the likes of Kevin de Bruyne and Sergio Aguero make them a constant threat in attack, but they're always susceptible in defence as well. We're expecting something of a goal glut and over 2.5 goals looks like a 4/6 banker at Ladbrokes
A City clean sheet is something we're not backing in recent games as Guardiola's backline still looks shaky and the Monaco counter-attack has proven dangerous already in this competition. That said, City have the firepower to more than match their opponents to earn the win in this game and we're backing the match result and BTTS bet at odds of 11/5 with William Hill