Monaco v Manchester City: Quarter Final Place on the Line in France
After a crazy first leg that produced no fewer than eight goals, Manchester City travel to France this Wednesday looking to protect their 5-3 lead from that game. With away goals already in the bank, a 2-0, 3-1 or even a 4-2 victory would be enough for the Ligue 1 side to come through so how do the bookies see this one?
As far as the 90 minutes market is concerned, Monaco are slight favourites to win on the night and can be taken at best odds of 28/17 with 188Bet. Manchester City are the next on the list at a top price of 83/50 with MarathonBet while the draw is quoted at a best of 3/1 with BetFred.
With a place in the quarter finals on the line and very finely balanced, there will also be a lot of interest in the ‘To Qualify’ betting and this currently shows Monaco at 4/1 with bet365 and Coral or Manchester City at 1/5 with BetFred.
Among those figures, the price that really jumps out for us is the 4/1 on Monaco to go through. They are favourites to win and only need two goals to do that so that seems surprisingly high. If they are to convert on that price however, who are the men that are going to help them succeed?
Individual Goal Scorers
Monaco need goals but the individual player markets are dominated by Manchester City and it’s Sergio Aguero who is quoted at a top price of 43/10 with 888Sport to open the scoring. Monaco’s Radamel Falcao is next and the Colombian is available at 7/2 with William Hill and Paddy Power.
UK punters may well steer clear of Falcao as they remember his poor stints at Manchester United and Chelsea but over his career at Monaco, the striker has managed to register 27 goals in 41 league matches and that’s prolific enough to make him interesting.
Our tip in the individual markets would, however, be City’s Kevin De Bruyne. The Belgian international is a constant threat from an attacking midfield position and although he wasn’t on the scoresheet in the first game, he has a respectable enough tally of 21 goals since arriving in Manchester in 2015.
De Bruyne at a best of 10/1 with bet365 and William Hill to score first may be a little too much to hope for but an anytime goal for the Belgian looks a good option at 3/1 with BetFred.
Other Side Bets
Given the prolific nature of the first game, many punters will be looking at the overs and unders markets for this second leg clash. It might be a stretch to expect eight goals again but if you are interested, you can back over the 7.5 line at 26/1 with 888Sport and 32Red.
Over 2.5 would obviously be safer at a best of 21/10 with bet365 but for our final tip, we’ll switch to another market which, judging by the result from the first leg, looks a likely option. Both Teams to Score is currently on offer at 7/19 with 10Bet and 888Sport.
A correct score of 5-3 in Manchester City’s favour would currently bring you a return at 150/1 with SkyBet and while it would seem far fetched for this to happen again, the game should still come down to the strikers and who has the better game on the night.
With the likes of Falcao and Aguero on opposing sides and backed up by potency from midfield, it should still be an open and attacking game. Monaco to qualify isn’t the most certain of punts but it looks to be seriously good value at that 4/1 figure while our Both Teams to Score Tip could be the most obvious bet of the night.
- Monaco to qualify at 4/1 with bet365
- Both teams to score at 7/19 with 10Bet
- Kevin De Bruyne to score anytime at 3/1 with BetFred