In search of the classification for the eighth finals of the 2017/2018 edition of the Champions League, Porto receives on Wednesday, December 6, the eliminated Monaco. The game is part of the schedule of the sixth and final round of the group stage of the competition. It starts scheduled for 5:45 pm (Brasília time) at the Estádio do Dragão, in Oporto.
The teams are in Group G, which has Besiktas ranked first with 11 points. Porto and Leipzig split second with seven. The Monegascos are in the fourth and last place with two and from there they will not leave.
Porto’s recent performance
The Portuguese take advantage in the direct confrontation with the Germans. This means that in order to advance to the next phase of the continental competition Porto only needs its result. If Monaco is defeated it will be classified.
However, it can advance with the draw or even with the defeat. In this case, you will need to have a stumble from Leipzig, which at the same time receives the Besiktas. If the German team is equal, one point will be enough for Porto. If it is beaten by the Turks, the vacancy will be assured even in case of defeat.
Scoring has not been a problem for the Portuguese, who have lined up an undefeated series of nine matches. There were five wins and four draws. On Friday, December 1, the equality, without goals, was against Benfica. He served to keep Porto ahead of the Portuguese Championship. With 33 points (ten wins and three losses), he started to have Sporting. However, it does take advantage of the tie-break criteria used.
To repeat his success in the Champions League, coach Sérgio Conceição has all the top athletes at his disposal. There are no concussion or suspension problems.
The current form of Monaco
Monaco can not count on the same scenario. Your medical department is full. They are in injury treatment Thomas Lemar socks (ten games in the French Championship 2017/2018, one goal), Youri Tielemans (12 matches, no goal) and Adama Traore (three matches, three goals); and the attackers Stevan Jovetic (six games, two goals) and Jordi Mboula (without performances).
The many problems can even serve to justify the abrupt drop in performance of the Monegasque team, which reached the semifinals of the previous edition of the Champions League. In addition, of course, the sale of important players to make box.
The sum of the two reasons led not only to elimination in the current edition of the continental tournament, but also to a more modest campaign in the French Championship. The situation improved a bit on Saturday, December 2, when Monaco defeated Angers 1-0 to end a series of games without a win that reached four matches (three losses and a draw).
He went on to accumulate 32 points (ten wins, two draws and four losses). Divide with Lyon and Olympique de Marseille the second place of Ligue 1, which has PSG, with 41 points, shot ahead.
History of the bouts between Porto and Monaco
Porto have won all four of their matches against Monaco. In the first round of the current edition of the Champions League, he scored 3-0.
The departure of this Wednesday only has value for the Port. Faced with a disgruntled Monaco, the Portuguese team presents an excellent home performance in their national league. It was six wins and a draw in his stadium with 23 goals scored and only three conceded. In this way, it becomes the best guessing option for the Champions League showdown. Presents a price of 1.32 in Rivalo. The prize for a draw is 5.50 per real invested. Monegasque success allows the multiplication of capital by 8.50.
Our Prediction: Porto win @ 1.32