Preview - Borussia Dortmund vs Monaco 04 October 18

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Champions' League Group A
Borussia Dortmund vs. Monaco
Wednesday, October 4th 2018
04:00am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Westfalenstadion

Borussia Dortmund: 
Last five matches form: W W D W W
Average goals per match: 3.17
Average goals against per match: 0.83
Top Scorer: Marco Reus (4)

Monaco:
Last five matches form: D L D L L
Average goals per match: 1.00
Average goals against per match: 1.38
Top Scorer: Radamel Falcao (3)

Borussia Dortmund have really hit form of late and will be looking to carry their good form into the Champions League this week as they welcome Monaco to the Westfalenstadion.

This will be the third meeting between the sides, with Monaco winning each of the previous two.

Both sides looked to have a few players nursing niggly injuries heading into this game, but Ă–mer Toprak of Dortmund is the only confirmed absentee at this stage.

Dortmund are now unbeaten in their last ten games and arrive here having smashed in eleven goals in their two most recent Bundesliga matches. Their recent record at home in the Champions League hasn't been good though with three defeats and one draw from their past four games.

In stark contrast to Dortmund's excellent recent form, Monaco have been woeful of late and arrive here without a win in their past eight games. They have won just one of their last eight away from home in the Champions League.

Going on the current form of the sides there really should be only one winner here. High on confidence and playing some lovely attacking football at the minute we expect Dortmund to have much too much for this beleaguered Monaco side.

In Radamel Falcao, Monaco do possess a legitimate goal threat but we suspect any goal they do score will likely be no more than a consolation.

Prediction: Borussia Dortmund 4 - 1 Monaco

Harry85

Half time: 0 - 0
Full time: 3 - 0
Shots:  10 - 7
Shots on target: 5 - 4
Corner Kicks: 3 - 1
Possession: 57% - 43%

No bookings in this one as referee Alexey Kulbakov kept his cards in his pocket throughout.

A comfortable night for Borussia Dortmund in the end. This perhaps wasn't quite so one sided as the final score line would suggest, particularly in the first half when Monaco just about gave as good as they got. They weren't able to score though and in the end were put away in the second period by their in-form hosts.

The opening goal came in the 51st minute. Jadon Sancho slipping the ball into the area and into the path of Jacob Bruun Larsen's well-timed run. Bruun Larsen finishing low to the right from around ten yards past the outrushing keeper.

Dortmund spurned a chance to grab a second in the 69th minute when Francisco Alcacer rattled a penalty kick against the cross bar.

They only needed to wait three minutes before they did double their advantage though, and it was Alcacer who scored. Played in towards the edge of the area, Alcacer stayed patient to drift wide of the keeper and defenders before firing in to the left-hand side.

Still time for one more right at the death with Reus adding a little gloss to the score line in the 92nd minute. Good work from Bruun Larsen down the left-hand side, turning his marker inside out before playing a low ball right across the area towards the far post. Reus on hand to finish back across goal and into the bottom left corner.

Dortmund looking good for qualification with two wins from their opening two games in Group A. A lot of work to do for Monaco though who sit bottom of the section.






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