Monaco vs Benfica 10/22/2014 Free UEFA Champions League Preview
Benfica vs Monaco
Wednesday 22nd October 2014 19:45(GMT)
The Line: Monaco 6/4 Draw 9/4 Benfica 9/4 See the Latest Odds
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Monaco after a poor start to the league have stabilised and are moving in the right direction. Goals have been the problem for Monaco and having lost Falcao and Rodriguez to Manchester United and Real Madrid respectively I think that was to be expected. Berbatov and Mouthino are the key men for Monaco and when both play well Monaco are a match for most sides. At home tomorrow night I think the Monaco side will fancy their chances of getting a second win in the Group phase and leaving themselves in a strong position to qualify for the knockout stages.
On the flip side we have Benfica who come into this game with two losses and who know that a third loss will more or less spell the end of their involvement in this years Champions League.Talsica and Salvio will bring the main threat to Monaco tomorrow and the young South American midfielders have scored 50% of Benfica's goals this year. This is a tough game for Jorge Jesus side but I think they will go to Monaco and attack as they have little to lose at this stage.
I am going to take both teams to score in this one. Monaco have impressed me at home but I have doubts over their backline's ability to keep a clean sheet against the youth and pace of Benfica. Benfica really need a win and I think they go all out to get it but either way I fancy both teams to get on the scoresheet. Follow me on twitter@antonpippo