Monaco to gain small consolation on trip to Porto
Hosts, however, are gunning for the knockout stages
BT Sport Extra, 7.45pm Wednesday
Last season’s semi-finalists Monaco have had a terrible time in the Champions League this season and bookmakers have all but written them off against a Porto team who know that a win would seal a place in the knockout stages.
Monaco were always likely to struggle after selling many of the leading lights of 2016-17 and they haven’t been helped by a host of injuries.
They still have a top-class striker in the form of Radamel Falcao and there is little point in manager Leonardo Jardim curbing Monaco’s attacking instincts with not even a Europa League spot to play for.
Porto look to have regained a spark this season and their defensive performances at the Estadio Dragao have been superb in the league. But they’ve been a lot less solid in the Champions League, conceding four goals in two games, so a wounded Monaco team could still find the net.
Both teams to score
1pt 19-20 188Bet
Porto have a fully fit squad but Sergio Oliveira is injured.
Monaco have a number of absentees including Andrea Raggi, Youri Tielemans, Stevan Jovetic and Thomas Lemar.
Champions League games involving Porto average 3.6 goals this season.
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