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Monday, 21 January, 2019

Brilliant Monaco youngster could shine in rearranged clash

Mbappe one of a host of attacking stars on show

Kylian Mbappe is key to Monaco's chances
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Champions League quarter-final, first leg
BT Sport 1 & Showcase, 5.45pm Wednesday

Football will be of secondary importance after Borussia Dortmund's team bus was damaged by explosions before Tuesday's game against Monaco, meaning their quarter-final tie has been put back until today.

Dortmund's players have said they will pull together in the face of adversity with defender Marc Bartra in hospital as he recovers from a broken wrist following the incident.

There was goodwill from both sets of fans and there is still the prospect of an excellent game of football as the teams attempt to return to normality. 

All bets placed with bookmakers stand as the game has been rearranged within 24 hours of the original kick-off time apart from Coral who have voided wagers on every market except to qualify.

Monaco, top of the league in France, have seen off English pair Tottenham and Manchester City in the Champions League, and now their thrilling young side are targeting victory in Germany.

The quarter-final draw produced a couple of colossal ties in Juventus-Barcelona and Bayern Munich-Real Madrid but Monaco's assignment with Borussia Dortmund also set pulses racing among European football fans.

Dortmund's dynamic football has become a familiar sight on Champions League nights but few predicted Monaco's spectacular emergence this season.

The Ligue 1 side were 250-1 to win the Champions League at the start of the group stage and landed odds of 6-1 to pip fancied pair Bayer Leverkusen and Spurs in Group E.

Monaco can feel PSG's hot breath on their collar in the domestic title race but they showed their attacking brilliance in an astonishing last-16 tie against Manchester City.

Having led 2-1 and 3-2 in Manchester, Leonardo Jardim's side ended up losing the first leg 5-3 before sneaking through on away goals thanks to a 3-1 win at home.

The man who scored the decisive goal in the tie, Tiemoue Bakayoko, is suspended for the first leg in Dortmund and Monaco will miss the midfielder's presence in the middle of the park.

Influential full-backs Djibril Sidibe and Benjamin Mendy are also injured and bookmakers expect Dortmund's superior European nous to prove decisive - they are 8-13 to qualify with Monaco 7-4.

The layers are understandably wary in the goals markets - Dortmund's group-stage campaign included an 8-4 win over Legia Warsaw - with both teams to score as short as 2-5 and over 3.5 goals just 23-20.

Dortmund lost 4-1 at Bayern Munich at the weekend but Thomas Tuchel picked a much-changed matchday squad and BVB have to be respected on their own turf.

Tuchel's men have taken 33 points from a possible 39 at home in the Bundesliga, beating leaders Bayern and second-placed RB Leipzig, and they denied Real Madrid top spot in Group F.

Attack may be the best form of defence for Monaco, especially without Bakayoko, and bet365's 17-2 about brilliant teenager Kylian Mbappe scoring first looks each-way value.

The irrepressible forward, already a full French international, has scored 11 goals in his last ten appearances for Monaco, including first-half strikes in both legs against City.

K Mbappe first goalscorer
1pt each-way 17-2 bet365

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Team news
Borussia Dortmund
Thomas Tuchel rested some players for the weekend defeat at Bayern Munich but the BVB boss expects to have Julian Weigl, Shinji Kagawa and Lukasz Piszczek available. Marco Reus could also return after a thigh injury but Mario Gotze, Marc Bartra and Erik Durm are out.

Tiemoue Bakayoko is suspended following his yellow card in the second leg against Manchester City. Full-backs Djibril Sidibe and Benjamin Mendy are injured.

Key stat
Monaco average 2.84 goals per game in Ligue 1 this season.

The irrepressible forward, already a full French international, has scored 11 goals in his last ten appearances for Monaco
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