Welcome to the match preview and live minute-by-minute coverage of the Champions League Last 16 1st Leg match between Manchester City and Monaco from the Etihad Stadium. Kick-off: 20:45 (CET), Tuesday 21 February 2017.
Manchester City vs Monaco: match preview
This Champions League Last 16 tie sees Pep Guardiola’s Man City side welcome Ligue 1 leaders Monaco to the Etihad Stadium in the first leg. Both teams stumbled in their weekend games with one eye undoubtedly on this important European encounter
The season has not been as good as expected for Manchester City with the arrival of Pep Guardiola to the club. Perhaps the side’s draw against English 2nd Division side Huddersfield in the FA Cup this weekend was indicative of City’s stop-start progress under Guardiola.
Granted, the Catalan coach left several of his star players out of his side for the cup game, preferring them to remain fresh for this crunch European clash with Monaco (De Bruyne, Sterling and Sané, among others, didn’t start), however it is a game that Blues fans would have expected their tea to win at a canter.
Despite this, City go into this Last 16 tie knowing that they’re unbeaten at home in the Champions League in 2016/17, having beaten Barcelona at the Etihad during the group stages.
Player to watch: Sergio Aguero. The Argentine is the team’s top scorer and he’ll be hoping to help put the tie to bed for City before the return leg in Monaco
The French league leaders, like their English opponents, come into the game on the back of a blip. The draw away to second-from-bottom Bastia on Friday brought to an end a run of four consecutive victories.
Monaco also arrive to this European tie as far from favourites, with betting houses giving very long odds for them to progress. Although Leonardo Jardim’s side finished as group winners, last week’s round of games doesn’t bode well in that respect, with none of the group stage winners managing to take victory in their first legs.
The Red and Whitees, however, will take confidence from their form so far this season, keeping big-spending PSG off top spot in France, and will be confident of springing an upset by reaching the quarters.
Player to watch: Bernardo Silva. He managed to salvage a point for his side in the draw with Bastia on Friday, and will want to show his best version again at the Etihad to stand a chance of taking a result back to South France.
Manchester City vs Monaco: possible lineups
Possible Man City XI: Caballero, Zabaleta, John Stones, Otamendi, Kolarov, Yaya Toure, Fernandinho, De Bruyne, David Silva, Sterling, Aguero
Possible Monaco XI: Subasic, Sidibé, Glik, Jemerson, Benjamin Mendy, Fabinho, Bakayoko, Bernardo Silva, Moutinho, Lemar, Falcao
Bet on Manchester City vs Monaco
As of 15:00 CET on game day, a home win for City was rated at 8/13, with Monaco 19/4 to come away from the Etihad with a first-leg advantage.