Manchester City Facing Tough Task Against AS Monaco

Manchester City players celebrating

Kevin Stott

Tuesday, February 21, 2017 4:06 PM GMT

Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017 4:06 PM GMT

Radamel Falcao and AS Monaco head north to a rainy Etihad Stadium to face David Silva, Kevin De Bruyne and Manchester City in Leg 1 of their UEFA Champions League Round of 16. This is a match in which the visitors could very well pull off the upset, making the totals market the best place to look.

Manchester City vs AS Monaco  

EPL powerhouse Manchester City welcome France Ligue 1 leaders AS Monaco to Etihad Stadium for Leg 1 of their Round of 16 UCL showdown. Oddsmakers have City -165 favorites over Monaco with a Draw priced at +339 and the Total in a 2½ to 3 range.

 

AS Monaco FC

French Ligue 1 leaders Monaco have scored more goals (76) than any other major European league club, thanks in part to the dynamic duo of Radamel Falcao (4 goals UCL) and Valère Germain (3 goals). This Leg 1 in Sky Blue Mancunia may be more nervy for the hosts than the perceived and literal underdogs Les Rouges et Blancs, and Falcao (19 goals Ligue 1) will obviously be the focus of City’s defense.

But with captain Vincent Kompany (Knee) out, expect ASM to definitely get a road goal or two here, making the Over the best pick. Manager Leonardo Jardim and Monaco (+220 To Qualify, Intertops)—which added attacking talents like James Rodríguez and João Moutinho—went 3-2-1 in Group play (9 GF-7 GA), losing only to Bayer Leverkusen in Germany, 3-0, in its' meaningless last match.

 

Manchester City FC

Manager Pep Guardiola and Manchester City head into this knockout stage matchup playing decent football, going 6-2-1 L9 and the Sky Blues manager was mum about starting Claudio Bravo or Willy Caballero in goal, but the lean has to be Caballero.

With striker Gabriel Jesus (Foot) hurt, veteran Sergio Agüero should start but the 28-year-old hasn’t been the same Agüero (6 goals UCL) clubs feared in the past while the 31-year-old Falcao almost seems reborn at Monaco. City, which was 2-3-1 in the Group Stage (12 GF-10 GA), will look to captain Yaya Touré, playmaker David Silva, speedster Raheem Sterling and Kevin De Bruyne for productivity.

 

Predictions

The TWC forecast for Manchester Tuesday night calls for 100% chance of rain, a low of 47° F with 15-25 mph winds—a theoretical edge for the home side. This is the first competitive match between these two clubs with Monaco beating EPL’s Tottenham by 2-1 scorelines twice in Group Stage play. Despite the weather, with so many scorers and the total still under 3 in some sportsbooks, backing the Over at the lowest number is the pick. 

 

Predicted Final Score: Manchester City 2 AS Monaco 2Free Soccer Pick: Over 2½ -148Best Line Offered: at Intertops

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