Monaco vs Dortmund, UEFA Champions League quarterfinal 2nd leg on Wednesday 19th of April. 1st leg ended in 2-3 Monaco victory. The first leg was dramatic throughout, not to mention before…
Monaco vs Dortmund 2nd leg UEFA Champions League quarterfinal will be played on Wednesday 19th of April. The 1st leg was a dramatic encounter even before the match had started, as a terror attack shook the foundations of World’s most prestigious club competition. The BVB team bus was hit by some kind of explosion while they were traveling from their team hotel to the Stadium. The close proximity explosion shattered one of the bulletproof windows on the bus. There was a total of three explosions in the area. 2 people got injured, one police officer escorting the bus and a BVB player Marca Bartra. Marc Bartra was taken to hospital and had an operation done to his arm, he suffered a broken wrist and shrapnel in his arm.
Monaco vs Dortmund match, should be even more exhilarating than the 1st leg. Dortmund was clearly still shell-shocked on the 1st half, the happenings of the previous night still weighed down on them. BVB manager Thomas Tuchel heavily criticized UEFA for giving the match a greenlight just 1 day after the shocking terror attack on his team. On the 2nd half Dortmund played better, and it gives an indication how this 2nd leg quarterfinal match could go. There will be goals, there’s absolutely no doubt about that fact. 2 very exciting offensively oriented teams going at it, once again. Fact is BVB HAS to score at least 2 goals to have a chance advancing to UEFA Champions league semifinals.
The players to follow closely will be the same as on the 1st leg: From AS Monaco; Bernardo Silva, Kylian Mbappe, Thomas Lemar and Radamel Falcao. From BVB; Ousmane Dembele/Christian Pulisic (whoever gets the nod to start), Raphale Guerreiro, Marco Reus and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. Would bet my head that one of these players will be the deciding factor in the match, most likely more than one is involved in a big way.
Team news ahead of AS Monaco vs Dortmund 2nd leg
- AS Monaco recorded a comeback win in Ligue 1 on their weekend match vs Dijon. Not much conclusion can be drawn from the match, as Monaco gave rest to some key players on the encounter, Lemar and Falcao started the match on the bench and only came on as 2nd half substitutes to turn the tie around.
- AS Monaco, will have to make a change to their line-up after Fabinho got suspended from the return leg with yellow card. Other than that Monaco has no new injuries. Boschilia and Carillo remain sidelined with injuries, while Sidibé is doubtful. Bakayoko returns from suspension to the lineup.
- Dortmund recorded a comfortable 3-1 victory over Eintracht Frankfurt. Great news for Dortmund was that Marco Reus made his first start since early March. And he instantly had an impact on the match as he scored on 2nd minute. Frankfurt equalized later but Dortmund scored 2 more to get a good results going into the Monaco vs Dortmund 2nd leg Champions League quarterfinal.
- Dortmund hasn’t got any new injuries to worry about, except that Marc Bartra injury during the shameful bomb attack just before the 1st leg. Marc Bartra will be sidelined for 3 more weeks. Along with Bartra, Dortmund are without Erik Durm, Mario Götze and Andre Schurrle. Dortmund has no suspended players going into the UEFA Champions League quarterfinal 2nd leg vs Monaco.
AS Monaco vs Dortmund statistics and odds comparison
AS Monaco vs Dortmund statistics:
- This is the 2nd ever UEFA Competition match between BVB and AS Monaco.
- AS Monaco won the 1st leg UEFA Champions League quarterfinal between the sides(also the first ever UEFA competition match between the sides), 2-3 last week.
- AS Monaco history against German teams in UEFA competitions; 17 matches, of which they have won 8, lost 4 and 5 of the matches has ended as a draw (goals scored 26, goals conceded 21).
- Borussia Dortmund history vs French teams in UEFA competitions; 17 matches, of which they have won 6, lost 5 and 5 matches has ended as a draw (goals scored 21, goals conceded 23).
- AS Monaco started the Champions League season from the 3rd qualifying round. They finished the Group E as group winners above Bayer Leverkusen and Tottenham. Before eliminating MCFC in insanely entertaining Round of 16 tie.
- BVB finished the group stage as group winners from group F, the same group with Real Madrid. Losing no matches in the Group Stage. Dortmund eliminated Benfica in Round of 16, they lost the 1st leg in Portugal, but made up for that in the return leg.
- AS Monaco players; Jemerson, Falcao, Germain, Lemar and Sidibé are a booking away from suspension in the semifinal’s.
- Dotmund players; Guerreiro, Ginter, Schmeltzer and Papastathopoulos are a booking away from suspension in the semifinal’s.
- AS Monaco is unbeaten in 6 UEFA Champions League home matches this season.
- Dortmund has not won in the last 2 UEFA Champions League away matches.
- Only twice in the UEFA Champions League history, has a team that lost the 1st leg at home, won the tie (Ajax vs Pananthinaikos in 1996 and Inter vs Bayern Munich in 2011).
- AS Monaco vs Dortmund match kick-off is 19.45 on Wednesday 19th of April.
AS Monaco vs Dortmund odds comparison:
- Bet365 odds: AS Monaco 19/10, Draw 3/1, Dortmund 13/10
- Betfair odds: AS Monaco 9/5, Draw 29/10, Dortmund 13/10
- Ladbrokes odds: AS Monaco 7/4, Draw 14/5, Dortmund 5/4
- Unibet odds: AS Monaco 19/10, Draw 29/10, Dortmund 13/10
- William hill odds: AS Monaco 9/5, Draw 14/5, Dortmund 13/10
AS Monaco vs Dortmund Best odds at the time of writing; Best odds for AS Monaco victory are offered by Bet365 and Unibet. Best odds for a draw are offered by Bet365 (though all 5 have almost equal odds). Best odds for Dortmund victory are offered by Bet365, Betfair, Unibet and William Hill. I will try to keep the odds comparison up to date up and until the kick-off. To help you choose a bookie (if you are not already a customer on your choise of bookie, or just want to take advantage of the offers) check out ranked list of best betting site signup bonuses.
Other noteworthy betting situation, is the outright winner of UEFA Champions League 2016-2017. The best time to place your bet would be right now, before the 2nd leg quarterfinal matches. As the element of surprise is still there, but the odds does not reflect that. Overall best odds are being offered by Unibet (at the time of writing), Unibet odds down below:
- Real Madrid 19/10
- Juventus 3/1
- Atletico Madrid 9/2
- AS Monaco 8/1
- Bayern Munich 10/1
- Barcelona 15/1
- Dorussia Dortmund 25/1
- Leicester 50/1
AS Monaco vs Dortmund, may or may not be the best match out of the Wednesday 19th of April UCL quarterfinal matches. It will be a great match, but much depends on how Barcelona vs Juventus play’s out. On Tuesday 18th of April there are also 2 great matches; Real Madrid vs Bayern Munich and Leicester vs Atletico Madrid. And on Thursday Europa League quarterfinal 2nd leg matches, over the weekend Chelsea vs Tottenham FA Cup tie, and on Sunday the single biggest football match in the world, El Clasico. More information about the up-coming matches can be found from 24 Huge matches in April post.