It’s not very often that an event outside of a big game can have an impact on how things play out on the field, but that is exactly what happened in Dortmund last week. The Champions League quarter-final first leg was switched from Tuesday to Wednesday after an explosive device detonated and caused damage to the Borussia Dortmund team bus. There were any who believed that UEFA should have stepped in and postponed the game until a later date, but it was decided that one day was enough. It quickly became clear that Dortmund were not in the best frame of mind when the game began, as they ended up going down 3-2, leaving them with a bit of a job to do in the second leg on Wednesday night. Monaco are firmly in the driver’s seat with those 3 away goals, but they will be taking nothing for granted, since Dortmund proved in the second half of the opening game that they still have a lot of fight, and perhaps a little bit of a chip on their shoulder. Find out more about the updated soccer betting odds here.
UEFA Free Picks For The Monaco Vs Borussia Dortmund Match
When: Wednesday, April 19 at 2:45 PM EST Where: Stade Louis II, Monaco TV: FS2 Live Stream:FOX Sports GO UEFA Odds: Borussia Dortmund -½ (+120)
Why bet on Monaco
Monaco are coming into this game on a solid run of form, having won 4 in a row, including a 2-1 win over Dijon on the weekend that took them one step closer to the Ligue 1 crown. Perhaps the biggest thing in their favor heading into the second leg are those 3 away goals that they scored last week. Monaco now knows that Dortmund have to commit to an all-out attacking style, which plays right into the favor of the French side. Monaco are devastating at times on the counter-attack, and with Falcao and teenage sensation Kylian Mbappe, who scored twice last week, leading the charge, they are tough to keep off the score sheet.
Why bet on Borussia Dortmund
Borussia Dortmund have a legitimate gripe about the game going ahead after the explosion incident last week, but in fairness to UEFA, the domestic schedule is busy enough without trying to find space to fit in a postponed game. The reality is that we seldom see European tournament ties cancelled for any reason. While they may be down, Dortmund are certainly not out, and they proved that they still have a lot of fight in them by putting together an impressive second half performance in the first leg game. The defense looked shaky last week, but they will feel a little bit better heading into this win after winning 3-1 versus Eintracht Frankfurt over the weekend.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
Monaco have been a ton of fun to watch in their Champions League run this season, mostly because we always seem to get a lot of goals in their games. I expect more of the same here, and I believe that Monaco will move on to the semi-finals.