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Saturday, 15 December, 2018

Monaco to gain small consolation on trip to Porto

Hosts, however, are gunning for the knockout stages

Radamel Falcao, pictured after scoring against Manchester City in last season's Champions League, could feature for Monaco
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Group G
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.


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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.

Recommendation
Both teams to score
1pt 19-20 188Bet

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Team news

Porto
Porto have a fully fit squad but Sergio Oliveira is injured.

Monaco
Monaco have a number of absentees including Andrea Raggi, Youri Tielemans, Stevan Jovetic and Thomas Lemar.

Key stat
Champions League games involving Porto average 3.6 goals this season.


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