Monaco v Borussia Dortmund Betting Tip Borussia Dortmund – 11 December 2018

Dortmund can finish group stage with win

Champions League Tips

Tuesday 11th December 2000hrs Monaco v Borussia Dortmund Football – Europe – Champions League We’ve reached matchday six in this year’s Champions League group stage and whilst there is plenty to be sorted out in terms of qualifying across the competition, we already know who is going through from Group A. Dortmund and Atletico Madrid have dominated this section from the off and have proven too strong for Monaco and Club Brugge but there is the little matter of finishing top and we know the importance that can have for the knockout phase. Continue reading for a match preview of Monaco versus Borussia Dortmund with a selected best betting tip.

Having done so well in reaching the semi-final stage of the Champions League in season 2016/17, Monaco are now consigned to being eliminated at the group stage for a second straight season. With how competitive this competition is alongside the fact that Monaco have a policy of selling on their best players (and have lost a host of them over the past couple of years) then there is no real shock or surprise to see them unable to reach those levels once again. However, if they are unable to beat Dortmund on Tuesday then it will be no wins in 12 in their last two appearances in the Champions League. Thierry Henry is the man in charge of the club now, of course, and the former player has overseen three of Monaco’s five group games so far. The solitary point came away to Club Brugge before an embarrassing lost next time out to that same opponent, this time at home. A rather routine 2-0 defeat away to Atleti followed meaning they have no chance of finishing third and reaching the Europa League, and with their Ligue 1 status certainly under some threat it would be a surprise to see a full strength team fielded by the hosts.

It’s been a fantastic season for Dortmund so far and one that has arguably surpassed expectations, whilst understanding that they have not achieved anything as yet. Their domestic form has been sensational and they remain unbeaten after 14 matches, winning 11 of those. It’s left them seven points clear in the Bundesliga and perhaps more importantly, nine ahead of perennial champions Bayern Munich. Their form in Europa has been of a similar standard, too, with qualification already assured to the knockout phase and also the chance to finish top. It was a group they would have probably hoped to have progressed from and with 10 points after five games there has been little in the way of drama. Having swapped victories with Atletico Madrid and having the better head to head from those games, Dortmund were well set for finishing on top but a disappointing and lacklustre goalless draw at home to Club Brugge in the last matchday has now left them needing to win their final game and hope that Atleti fail to win in Belgium. It may be a big ask but they can only concern themselves with what is in their control and that means taking all three points in Monte Carlo.

Monaco v Borussia Dortmund Betting Tip

The first meeting between these two teams on matchday two went the way of Dortmund, and comfortably so – in the end anyway as all three goals for the home team came in the second half. I alluded to Monaco’s primary concern earlier in the preview, that being the fact they sit second bottom of Ligue 1 and have to start picking up results on a regular basis. Henry finally got off the mark at the end of November and the club from the principality have won two of their last three league games so this match against Dortmund probably comes as an inconvenience. For Dortmund they know that no matter what happens they can look forward to knockout football in the Champions League in early 2019.

I can see a shadow team being selected by Henry for this with the game of no importance to him or his players who will just be looking forward to the end of another dismal European campaign. Dortmund have elected to rotate a fair bit between European and domestic matches due to the numbers and quality they have in their squad so whomever is selected for this one you fancy will be ready. Bearing in mind it’s also a return to France for the excellent Lucien Favre – the first since moving to coach Dortmund in the summer – then it’s a chance for him to impress. Take Dortmund to do their bit in an effort to finish top by getting an away victory.

Selection: Borussia Dortmund 7/10 @ Betfair


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