Preview - Monaco vs Atletico Madrid 19 September 18

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Champions' League Group A
Monaco vs. Atletico Madrid
Wednesday, September 19th  , 2018
04:00 am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Stade Louis II

Last five matches form: W D L L D
17/18 Average goals per match: 2.37
17/18 Average goals against per match: 1.18
17/18 Top Scorer: Radamel Falcao (18)

Atletico Madrid:
Last five matches form: W D W L D
17/18 Average goals per match: 1.53
17/18 Average goals against per match: 0.58
17/18 Top Scorer: Antoine Griezmann (19)

The wait is over. This week sees the return of the Champions League as the best of the best from Europe's elite sides lock horns in the best club competition in the world. We have some real crackers to look forward to on Match Day 1, including this clash at the Stade Louis II.

Monaco have certainly made an indifferent start to the Ligue 1 season, winning just once in their five games to date. They will need to improve dramatically if they are to stand much chance of escaping a group containing both Borussia Dortmund and today's opponents, Atletico Madrid.

Atletico showed what they are capable of on the European stage once again last season when claiming Europa League glory. They saw off a French side in the final of that competition when comfortably despatching Marseille, and will be favourites to win this one. Much like Monaco though, Atletico have begun the domestic season in underwhelming fashion. Winning just one of their four to date in La Liga.

Neither side could be said to coming into this in good form, but where Atletico have the undoubted edge is in defence. Their fabled back four will always give them a chance in any game. We don't see Monaco having enough about them to trouble Diefo Simeone's men unduly and predict an away win here.

Prediction: Monaco 0 - 2 Atletico Madrid


Half time: 1 - 2
Full time: 1 - 2
Shots:  8 - 8
Shots on target: 2 - 4
Corner Kicks: 4 - 6
Possession: 43% - 57%

Radamel Falcao, Djibril Sidibe and Adama Traore all saw yellow for Monaco, with referee William Collum also taking the names of Atletico's Jose Gimenez and Diego Costa.

Monaco performed with credit here and certainly weren't totally outclassed by the Europa League champions. Much like many other sides though they simply found Diego Simeone's men too tough to break down with any kind of regularity, registering just the two shots on target over the course of the game. Atletico were their usual solid selves, taking their chances when they came to start on the right foot with a good away win.

All the goals came in the first half here and it was Monaco who grabbed the first in the 18th minute. Uncharacteristic hesitancy in the Atletico defence as they carelessly gave the ball away on the edge of their own area and failed to clear when the ball was played in towards the six yard box. The ball eventually falling to Samuel Grandsir to prod an effort past the keeper.

By half time though Atletico would turn their deficit into a lead. The equaliser coming after 31 minutes. An extremely efficient counter attack from the visitors, with the ball played into Antoine Griezmann who then played a first time ball to send Diego Costa racing into the left hand side of the area. The frontman had time to compose himself before finishing into the bottom left.

Then in first half stoppage time a corner was swung over from the right hand side to find Jose Gimenez rising highest to power a header past Diego Benaglio.

No way back for the hosts in the second half. 1-2 final score.

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