Ligue 1 outfit Monaco begin their Champions League campaign in the third qualifying round against Czech side Sparta Prague. It’s a huge game for Niko Kovac’s side, as they try to build an advantage ahead of next week’s second leg.
Where and when: Stade Louis II – 3 August, kick-off 19:00
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Last time: History will be made at the Stade Louis II on Tuesday night, as this will be the first ever meeting between these two clubs.
Monaco v Sparta Prague Predictions and Preview
Monaco enter this two-legged tie as the favourites to progress to the final round of Champions League qualification, but it won’t be easy against this Sparta Prague side. This will be the fifth competitive fixture of the new season for the Czechs, and the first for the Principality club.
The Ligue 1 team come into this game on the back of five pre-season friendlies. The Monegasques recorded an impressive 2-1 victory over Wolfsburg in Austria last week, but followed that up with a 2-1 defeat against Real Sociedad in San Sebastian on Wednesday.
Kovac guided Monaco to a respectable third place in Ligue 1 last term, in his first full season in charge of the club. Finishing only five points behind champions Lille and four behind the mighty Paris Saint-Germain was an encouraging result for the Monegasques, and they’re looking to back that up by qualifying for the Champions League.
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Monaco to win and BTTS
Monaco to win 2-1
Ben Ydder to score first
A decent Sparta Prague outfit stand in their way. Manager Pavel Vrba has done well at the helm since taking over in February of this year, guiding his new team to 14 wins and only three defeats in his 20 competitive matches in charge so far.
Iron Sparta ended their Czech Liga campaign unbeaten in nine, winning each of their last five fixtures to finish second in the table behind Slavia Prague. The Reds are looking to close the 12-point gap to their local rivals this term, beginning the new season with a 3-2 victory over Sigma Olomouc.
Sparta entered these Champions League qualifiers in the second round, overturning a 2-1 first-leg deficit to Rapid Vienna to win 3-2 on aggregate. Despite that, the visitors are the underdogs in these Monaco v Sparta Prague predictions, with the home team favourites to take a lead into the return.
One to watch for Monaco: Wissam Ben Yedder scored 22 goals in 41 appearances for the Monegasques last season. The French forward has 22 in 29 European appearances across his career, and is well worth a look in the first scorer market here.
One to watch for Sparta Prague: Lukas Julis top scored for Sparta last term, netting 17 goals in 33 appearances in all competitions. That included five in six in Europe, making him one to watch in this Monaco v Sparta Prague preview.
Long shot: If you’re looking for big odds for this game, you might want to put together a scorecast. A 2-1 victory for Monaco is a scoreline worth looking out for, which you can combine with Ben Yedder scoring first for a solid price in these Monaco v Sparta Prague tips.