Newcomers RB Leipzig will face reigning French champions AS Monaco in their first Champions League group game on Wednesday night. Monaco reached the semi-final last season but lost many of their title-winning stars. Leipzig have had a good start to the new season with two wins in their first three Bundesliga games and also advanced to the second round of the German Cup. It remains to be seen who can take the three points after 90 minutes of football.
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RB Leipzig are looking forward to their European debut with a home game against AS Monaco, who are willing to repeat their remarkable success of reaching the semi-finals last season. It will be the first ever match for the Red Bulls in a continental competition, while Monaco will play their 175th international match. Leipzig have won their last two Bundesliga games and will try to take that momentum into the match against Monaco. They showed a good performance against high-flying Hamburg but the first half remained goalless. It was Naby Keita who broke the deadlock with an excellent, long-range goal in the 67th minute. Germany international Timo Werner added another goal just eight minutes later. Leipzig have scored an impressive six goals in their last two matches, conceding just one. The 25 squad members put together by RB Leipzig have a combined transfer value in today’s market of €189.08m, which is less than Monaco’s squad value of €252.90m. The team of coach Ralph Hasenhuettl will try everything to spring a suprise in front of their fans. Forsberg is sidelined due to injury and there is a question mark over Keita who suffered a groin strain – he will undergo scans to determine the severity of the injury and whether he will be fit to play.
Monaco will have to cope with the loss of players over the summer – favourites in the betting tip
Last season, AS Monaco won the French league title ahead of Paris St. Germain and reached the Champions League semi-final, where they were eliminated by Juventus 4-1 on aggregate. Leonardo Jardim’s side has sold several of their stars over the summer, including Kylian Mbappe and Bernardo Silva, but their season start has been very promising. Monaco have won their first four league games and only lost to Nice so far. They currently sit in second place in the league table with 12 points from 5 matches, three points behind league leaders Paris. They can boast one of the league’s best offences, averaging almost three goals per game. Especially their 6-1 victory over Marseille was impressive. However, Monaco’s defence looks shaky sometimes as in their 4-0 loss to Nice, where they conceded four goals in a single match. Captain Falcao is one of Monaco’s key players and has already scored seven goals in four matches. Jardim can field a full-strength squad as he has no injured players at the moment. Our betting tip is for a Monaco away win as they are the more experienced team.
Betting tip for Leipzig versus Monaco
Leipzig have won their last two league games, but will probably be without Forsberg and Keita due to injuries. They have a lower squad value and less international experience compared to Monaco, and it will be their first ever continental game. The French side has lost several key players but also signed new players who do a great job. Monaco have won four of their five league games so far and climbed to second place in the league table. Jardim’s side has scored almost three goals per game on average and is hard to beat by any team. For that reason, our betting tip is for a Monaco away victory over Leipzig with odds between 2.88 and 3.20. If the Germans can spring a surprise and earn three points in their European debut, the bookmakers will pay odds ranging from 2.19 to 2.42. A draw is likely and will pay out odds between 3.15 and 3.68.