James MortonMonaco vs Dortmund, Tuesday December 11th, 20:00, Stade Louis II. Borussia Dortmund must leave the Stade Louis II with all three points on Tuesday evening if they’re to have any chance of finishing top of Group A in the Champions League.
Borussia Dortmund must leave the Stade Louis II with all three points on Tuesday evening if they’re to have any chance of finishing top of Group A in the Champions League.
Borussia Dortmund joined Atletico Madrid in the knockout rounds of the Champions League with a 0-0 draw at home to Club Brugge last time out.
However, that result also handed the initiative to Atletico in the race to finish top of the group with BVB now needing to beat Monaco and hope the Spanish side don’t collect maximum points against Club Brugge if they’re to finish in first place.
Lucien Favre’s side are in excellent form and have only lost once in all competitions all season – a run which has helped put them top of the Bundesliga table by some distance.
Monaco have finally shown signs of improvement in their football in recent weeks after a diabolical first few months of the season and recorded just their second victory since August at the weekend against Amiens.
Head coach Thierry Henry and his players have nothing to play for against Dortmund except pride with Les Monagasques certain to finish bottom of Group A.
With the visitors needing a win to keep the pressure on Atletico and Monaco playing for very little, a 3-1 away win is likely to be backed by many on top betting sites.
Monaco’s three victories this season have all come away from home and five of their last six matches at the Stade Louis II have ended in defeat. Borussia Dortmund have won five of their last six on their travels, but have also conceded in four of their last six too.
Borussia Dortmund have scored seven more than any other team in the Bundesliga this season and Paco Alcacer tops the individual scoring charts with ten goals. The Spanish frontman has found the back of the net in Dortmund’s last three wins and in four of his last five appearances. He also scored against Monaco at Signal Iduna Park back in October.
Head to Head
The reverse fixture between these two teams in October ended with Borussia Dortmund easing to a 3-0 victory over Monaco in Germany, with Alcacer and Marco Reus among the scorers. The two sides last met in Monaco in April 2017 when Kylian Mbappe scored the opener in a 3-1 win for the hosts. That result took them through to the semi-finals of the Champions League that year where they would lose out to Juventus.
Monaco have gone 13 continental matches without a win – since beating Borussia Dortmund in April 2017.
Borussia Dortmund defender Abdou Diallo spent three years at Monaco before moving to Germany, making ten appearances in the French top flight.
Only Real Madrid and Barcelona have had more ball possession than Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League this season.
Marco Reus has five goals in his last seven Borussia Dortmund matches.