Champions League grp. E | Bayer Leverkusen-Monaco

Referee: Gediminas Mazeika

Kick Off: 19:45 Hrs

Venue: BayArena

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Bayer Leverkusen vs Monaco Match Prediction

By Dean Carr

Bayer Leverkusen take on AS Monaco at the BayArena on 07/12/16 in a game which will have no effect on the end result in Group E. Our SBAT preview will bring you a form guide, team news and a betting preview.

Leverkusen Preview

Bayer Leverkusen’s place in the last 16 of the Champions League was sealed without them kicking a ball, after their opponents here, Monaco, defeated Tottenham 2-1 at home to send the Bundesliga side through. Leverkusen earned a 1-1 draw away to CSKA Moscow prior to the game in Monaco, a result which ultimately helped them make it through to the next stages of the competition. However, that draw is currently part of a run of no wins in their last four matches in all competitions, most recently being held to a 1-1 draw by Freiburg at the weekend. Leverkusen fell behind after half an hour as Janik Haberer gave the visitors a shock lead, with the home side then unable to build on Hakan Calhanoglu’s equaliser in the second-half, being denied victory once again. Leverkusen find themselves 9th in the Bundesliga as the halfway stage of the campaign approaches, eight points short of qualifying for next season’s Champions League as things currently stand. Drawing their last four home Champions League games in a row, they will hope to build some momentum at home by beating the group winners on Wednesday night.

Monaco Preview

Monaco come into this game in fantastic form, following a terrific victory in Ligue 1 at the weekend. Scoring goals has come naturally to the team this season and that trend continued on Saturday, as Kylian Mbappe Lottin, Thomas Lemar, Radamel Falcao (2) and Guido Carrillo all found the back of the net, keeping them three points behind shock leaders Nice in the title race. In Ligue 1, Monaco have won five and drawn two of their last seven fixtures, scoring twenty-four goals in those five fixtures, including two six-goal hauls. Monaco have scored three or more in games on nine occasions in their sixteen Ligue 1 matches, an incredible return for a team at this early stage of the season. They have had similar success in the Champions League this term also, finishing top of the group with three wins and two draws to date, and will be keen to head into the next phase of the competition unbeaten, if for morale only. Monaco have won six and drawn two in the Champions League since their last defeat in the tournament, which came during the qualifying campaign in the summer, losing 2-1 away to Fenerbahce.

Leverkusen Team News

Kevin Kampl (foot), Karim Bellarabi (calf), Admir Mehmedi (groin) and Kevin Volland (thigh) are all ruled out for Leverkusen. Jonathan Tah (virus), Omer Toprak (knee), Lars Bender (foot), Benjamin Henrichs (thigh) and Hakan Calhanoglu (finger) are likely to mis out.

Monaco Team News

Benjamin Mendy (muscle) is set to miss out for Monaco in this one through injury and is the only player unavailable to them for the trip to Germany.

Betting Tips and Predictions

Monaco don’t tend to lose too many games and I expect them to get a positive result from this one.

Monaco double chance - 19/20

Over 2.5 match goals - 3/4

Probable Lineup

No. Pos Player m kg
28 GK Ramazan Oezcan 186 84
23 LB Danny da Costa 185 85
16 CD Tin Jedvaj 184 80
18 RB Wendell 176 71
6 CD Alexander Dragovic 184 76
19 LM Julian Brandt 183 73
15 CM Julian Baumgartlinger 183 82
10 RM Hakan Calhanoglu 176 76
35 CM Vladlen Yurchenko 181 74
7 AM Javier Hernandez 175 73
11 CF Stefan Kiessling 191 81
No. Pos Player m kg
16 GK Morgan De Sanctis 190 86
24 CD Andrea Raggi 187 82
5 CD Jemerson 184 77
34 RB Abdou Diallo 183 72
38 LB Almamy Toure 182 73
8 CM Joao Moutinho 171 61
26 CM Gabriel Boschilia 172 63
35 CDM Kevin N'Doram 183 76
7 LF Nabil Dirar 187 82
11 CF Guido Marcelo Carrillo 190 86
28 RF Corentin Jean 170 65