Besiktas vs AS Monaco Prediction, Preview, Lineups, H2H & Betting Tips
Prediction for Wednesday’s UEFA Champions League clash near the Bosphorus where Besiktas takes on AS Monaco at the “Vodafone Park”. A fourth consecutive victory may clinch the top Group G position for Besiktas who look determined to reach the Round of 16 for the very first time in modern Champions League history. On the other side we have the last season’s semi-finalists who seriously struggle to stay in the race. Find out more in our detailed match preview, free betting tips and predictions.
H2H History: Besiktas vs AS Monaco
Besiktas achieved another massive success two weeks ago when “The Black Eagles” have made a full comeback to win 1:2 at “Stade Louis II” in the Principality of Monaco. Falcao put AS Monaco ahead but Cenk Tosun’s brace, scoring one goal in each half, was crucial for the final score. It was the first ever matchup between these two sides and AS Monaco are surely bound to take their revenge for losing the previous leg, but to keep their Champions League hopes alive mostly.
UEFA Champions League: Besiktas vs AS Monaco 01.11.2017
The Turkish champion gained nine points from nine possible and another victory would take Besiktas into the last 16 for the first time. Even a draw would be enough under certain circumstances, if RB Leipzig wins in Porto later that night. However, Besiktas is surely tempted to retain the first position which must secure them a better draw, at least on paper, so Senol Gunes and his men will give their best to take the maximum out of next two Champions League matches, which are both at home, against Monaco and Porto respectively.
In the meantime Besiktas remains third in the Süper Lig where they have won 1:2 in Alanya (vs Alanyaspor) on Saturday night, but the Istanbul rival Galatasaray still holds a five-point lead, despite losing to Trabzonspor.
AS Monaco yet fails to meet the expectations after last season’s Champions League breakthrough and Leonardo Jardim will have to awake his squad in second half of the group phase. If “The Monegasques” can draw out some positives from a point won in Leipzig (1:1) on matchday one, Leonardo Jardim’s men were obviously underperforming when they lost the following two rounds at home. Moreover, Monaco has scored just two goals in three Champions League fixtures thus far, so the French champion must be much more effective in the upcoming three rounds.
Match Preview: Team News, Squads and Missing Players
Monaco lifted the French Ligue 1 trophy against all odds at the end of season 2016-17 and Leonardo Jardim made a strong impression not only by dethroning PSG, but with his overall leadership. The 43-years-old Portuguese is surely one of the most followed names from other major European clubs and his desire is to repeat the same success, although it will be extremely difficult considering PSG’s transfer activity. Nevertheless, Monaco is with four points behind PSG and heads to Turkey after two successive victories, winning both 2:0 (vs Caen and Bordeaux).
Monaco’s boss will most likely stick to the same lineup and 4-2-3-1 formation used during last weekend’s win in Bordeaux, which was accomplished without the already injured trio Terence Kongolo, Djibril Sidibe, Radamel Falcao. Andrea Raggi is expected to start as a right-back and Keita Balde will lead Monaco’s attacking formation once again.
Senol Gunes has full squad available and Besiktas can defend its 100% record with no injury concerns.
Caner Erkin, who serves a six-match domestic ban, is expected to start at the left-back and this will be the only rotation compared with the squad used against Alanyaspor.
Alvaro Negredo has finally ended his goal drought by scoring his first goal with the Besiktas jersey, but he can hardly replace Cenk Tosun in the starting XI right now.
Besiktas vs AS Monaco Prediction and Betting Tips
Besiktas are those who can play with no additional pressure and that usually is a huge asset in these type of games. They are certainly pleased with the fact that Falcao will miss out for the away side and can be one idea more offensive-minded here.
Leonardo Jardim will hope to find an adequate replacement in face of the Senegalese striker Keita Balde, who scored in the last two Ligue 1 rounds. Stevan Jovetic returned after injury and can be an option as well, if Jardim decides to start with a 4-4-2 formation.
We expect a similar to the first leg clash where both teams are capable to score and 3 or more goals will be scored in overall. Monaco must seek the whole set of points sooner or later in the game and this can open more space for the quality attackers of Besiktas, where players like Ryan Babel, Ricardo Quaresma and Cenk Tosun are definitely in form.
Our betting prediction goes for: “Both teams to score & Over 2.5 Goals“.
Possible Lineups of Besiktas and AS Monaco
Venue: “Vodafone Park”, Istanbul.
Referee: Paolo Tagliavento from Italy.
Besiktas JK: Fabri – Caner Erkin, Dusko Tosic, Pepe, Gökhan Gönül – Atiba Hutchinson, Oguzhan Özyakup – Ryan Babel, Talisca, Ricardo Quaresma – Cenk Tosun. (4-2-3-1)
AS Monaco: Danijel Subasic – Jorge, Jemerson, Kamil Glik, Andrea Raggi – Fabinho, Youri Tielemans – Thomas Lemar, João Moutinho, Rony Lopes – Keita Balde. (4-2-3-1)