Monaco will look to bounce back from Saturday's crushing defeat at Nice when they travel to Germany to play RB Leipzig in the Champions League on Wednesday.
Red Bull Arena, Leipzig, Germany 13 Sep 2017 6:45 pm (GMT)
Key Stat: Despite their impressive run last season, Monaco have only won one of their last five away matches in the Champions League.
Expert Verdict: Both sides have a difficult task living up to impressive seasons last time out, but the Bundesliga runners up have done a better job than the French champions in keeping hold of their best players. Monaco were also poor away from home in last season's Champions League, despite reaching the semi-finals, and Leipzig's home advantage could prove key.
Naby Keita picked up a knock and the Liverpool-bound midfielder will miss Leipzig’s Champions League bow on Wednesday. Fabio Coltorti and Emil Forsberg are also out.
Timo Werner scored 21 goals in 32 games last season, and has four in four so far this season for RB Leipzig.
Leipzig started the season with a 5-0 win against Spfr. Dorfmerkingen in the DFB Pokal but lost their first league game 2-0 away at resurgent Schalke 04. They have since bounced back, however, thrashing Freiburg 4-1 before Friday’s 2-0 win at Hamburg.
Defenders:Bernardo, Orban, Upamecano, Halstenberg
Midfielders:Sabitzer, Kampl, Demme, Bruma
After a transfer window full of player departures, Monaco at least had the consolation of Thomas Lemar staying and the signing of Stevan Jovetic. The latter could start up front with Radamel Falcao in Germany, while Monaco may make further changes after Saturday’s crushing defeat to Nice.
Radamel Falcao has scored seven times already this season, and Monaco will hope he can form as deadly a partnership with Stevan Jovetic as he did with Kyllian Mbappe.
Monaco’s brilliant start to the season came to a shuddering halt at the weekend after a 4-0 thrashing at Nice. That followed wins against Dijon, Metz and Marseille – the latter being trounced 6-1 before the international break.
Defenders:Sidibe, Glik, Jemerson, Jorge
Midfielders:Lopes, Moutinho, Fabinho, Lemar
This will be the first time the two teams have met in European competition.
Monaco were in superb form until last weekend’s crushing defeat of Nice, but that result only served to highlight one of the vulnerabilities they showed last season too – especially in Europe – namely, their away form.
In the league it was less of an issue, but in their last five away games in the Champions League, they drew with CSKA Moscow and lost to Bayer Leverkusen, Manchester City and Juventus, with only a solitary win at Borussia Dortmund to show for their efforts.
While their home form saved them, that will be scant consolation ahead of a trip to Leipzig, with the visitors – having lost the majority of their key players from last season too – no longer the force they were last season.
Leipzig, by contrast, have kept hold of their star players after finishing second in the Bundesliga last season.
The hosts will be without one of those – Naby Keita – who committed to one final year with RB Leipzig before joining Liverpool next season, but Timo Werner will be a threat up front, particularly if Monaco have the same defensive problems they had against Nice.
RB Leipzig’s home advantage makes them favourites for Wednesday’s clash, with Betfair offering 6/5 on a home win.
Both sides have brilliant attacking units, however, and both teams to score has been set at 8/13 with Bet365 and Betfair.
RB Leipzig star man Timo Werner is 11/8 to score at any time with Betfair, while Monaco’s in-form top scorer Radamel Falcao can be backed at 5/4 with the same bookmakers.
Finally, an RB Leipzig win and BTTS is 3/1 with Bet365.
Monaco impressed in Europe last season, while RB Leipzig are Champions League debutants, but the French side were vulnerable away from home and that will be key.