Predictions

From Manchester to Monaco

With Leicester through, Manchester City aim to join them in the UEFA Champions League quarter finals. After an enthralling first leg, they take a slender two goal lead to the Principality. Can they keep hold of that advantage and progress to the last eight?

 

Team News

 

Pep Guardiola have only two long term absentees from the squad; Gabriel Jesus and Ilkay Gundogan. Vincent Kompany could make his second appearance within five months as the squad gets rotated ahead of Sunday’s showdown with Liverpool.

 

Monaco are without attacking players, Gabriel Boschillia and Guido Carrillo for the second leg. No other players are considered doubts for selection.

 

Anyone’s for the taking?

 

Manchester City are yet to lose against French sides in any competition. Their current form since the first leg has seen four wins and a draw. Can they still produce a huge performance as they near the end of this hectic fixture run?

 

Monaco have however emerged victorious on aggregate in their three clashes with English sides during the knockout stages. Those three clubs in question were; Arsenal (2014-15), Chelsea (2003-04) and Manchester United (1997-98).

 

The French club have only won one of their last eight knockout ties in UEFA’s top competition. That win came at Arsenal in February 2015 so face a uphill climb here. Their current form since the defeat three weeks ago, suggests that they could be dangerous with four consecutive wins in Ligue One.

 

Prediction

 

Both sides have kept a single clean sheet this season in Europe so expect another goalfest. With the Citizens planning to play their usual game plan, it should be an entertaining match and an twelfth  consecutive victory for the visitors.

 

Prediction: Monaco 1-2 Manchester City

Result: Monaco 3-1 Manchester City (6-6 on aggregate, Monaco win on away goals)

 

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