Atlético vs Monaco: Predictions, Betting Tips and Odds
Atletico Madrid welcome Monaco to the Spanish capital knowing a victory will keep the pressure on Dortmund at the top of their Champions League group.
Atletico Madrid are having a relatively mixed season in La Liga. They have only lost one game so far but a number of draws sees them in with a group of clubs at the top of the table in what looks like the most open title race in recent memory. A 4-0 defeat to Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League served as a good reminder not to take things too easily.
It has been a season to forget for Monaco. They haven’t won a single game since the first day of the campaign and sit in the relegation spots in Ligue 1 and bottom of their Champions League group. New coach Thierry Henry has been unable to stop the rot and it doesn’t seem likely that they will get anything in Madrid. Staying in the domestic top flight has become a priority.
With just two games to go in the group stage the race for first place is definitely between Atletico and Dortmund. They shared a win apiece in their fixtures against each other so big victories against the weaker sides in the group are needed to claim top spot.
Monaco have only scored two goals in four Champions League games this season – and were humiliated 4-0 at home to Club Brugge last time out. Atletico will be looking to rack up the goals to help their qualification hopes and a 4-0 home win is not inconceivable.
- Total goals over 3.5
With Monaco’s defence in disarray and Atletico on the hunt for goals this could be a busy day for the French side’s goalkeeper.
- Antoine Griezmann to score at any time
Atletico will probably score a few goals against Monaco and when that happens Griezmann is never too far away from the action.
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Head to Head
Atletico’s 2-1 victory in Monaco back in September was the only time these two sides have met in European competition.
- Atletico Madrid surprisingly went out at the group stage last season after making it to at least the quarter finals in the previous four seasons.
- After reaching the semi final just two seasons ago Monaco’s fall from grace has been swift. They finished bottom of their group last year and are likely to repeat that feat this time round as well.
- Atletico have already held European silverware aloft this season – they defeated Real Madrid 4-2 in the UEFA Super Cup in August.
- Monaco’s 4-0 home defeat against Club Brugge this season was their worst ever loss in their European match history.