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Preview: FC Porto – Monaco

Porto are second in Group G, with seven points – level with RB Leipzig, but with a better goal difference. They will be looking for a victory that ensures qualification tonight, as they receive the visit of 4th-placed Monaco.

 

Flashscore presents the key facts before the match:

Porto head into their last match of Group G with full knowledge that their progression into the round of sixteen lies in their own hands. Last year’s semi-finalist Monaco have, however, been awful in this season’s Champions League (CL) and come into the game with absolutely nothing to fight for after a dismal run of just two points from five games.

Level on points (seven) with German side RB Leipzig, Porto will have to look beyond just winning all three points as the decider for second place in Group G may come down to goal difference – if both Porto and RB Leipzig win their games.

Porto defeated Monaco 3-0 away from home back in September in their CL clash and will be hoping for a similar victory as a worst case scenario. Despite the poor run of form that leaves Monaco last in Group G, they have still managed to score in all of their CL group games – except in their home loss to Porto.

Vincent Aboubakar (Porto) has scored three goals in Group G and nine in the Portuguese Primeira Liga and is currently their best hope of reaching the round of sixteen. Radamel Falcao, in the absence of Kylian Mbappe, has taken over the goal scoring responsibilities and has managed to score two goals in Group G and an outstanding 14 goals in 16 Ligue 1 games already this season. Expect one or both players to score a goal for their respective sides in this match up.

There is a high chance of this game having over 2.5 goals, as 75% of Porto’s last six home matches have finished with 3+ goals scored, while 53.8% of Monaco’s last six away games have ended with over 2.5 goals.

Watch out for Monaco resting players in this ‘dead’ tie for them.

 

Missing players

FC Porto: Sergio Oliveira (suspension)

AS Monaco: L. Badiashile (doubtful), S. Jovetic (doubtful), T. Lemar (doubtful), J. Mboula (doubtful), Y. Tielemans (doubtful), A. Traore (doubtful).