UCL matchday 3: AS Monaco – Beşiktaş

Updated: October 17, 2017

In Group G of the Champions League AS Monaco host group leaders Beşiktaş at the Stade Louis II stadium in what might very well be their last chance to achieve qualification from the group stages.

With 6 points from two games Beşiktaş are the surprising leaders in Group G while last season’s Champions League semi-finalists are currently bottom of that same group with just 1 point from their first two games.

After a difficult start to the season, both in Europe aswell as domestically, Monaco have slowly but surely found their way back to the top of Ligue 1 and will need nothing less but a victory tonight to do the same in the Champions League.

Can Beşiktaş maintain their perfect record or will Monaco seize their opportunity to get back in the race?

Beşiktaş ont he other hand had a decent start to the season but have hit a snag as of late, with two defeats and a draw int heir last three league matches. While Beşiktaş are currently in a perfect position in the group, they can not afford a third loss in a month’s time either.

Monaco have to win tonight’s match but will have to do so without Nikola Jovetic while Radamel Falcao was rested during the weekend ahead of tonight’s Champions League clash with the Black Eagles.

It’s a match of equal importance for both sides although due to very different reasons, for Monaco it’s a must win match to retain their chances to qualify from the group stages while for Beşiktaş it’s an important match to get themselves back on track.

For the first time this season Beşiktaş coach Şenol Güneş will have his entire squad at his disposal with both rightback Gökhan Gönül and leftback Adriano Correia having returned from injury.

AS Monaco (FRA) Beşiktaş JK (TUR)
Location: Stade Louis II
Referee: Milorad Mažić (SER)
Date: Tuesday, October 17th
Time: 20:45 CET
Channel: Tivibu
Matchday 3

Beşiktaş predicted XI:

Fabri; Gökhan Gönül, Pepe, Dusko Tosic, Caner Erkin; Atiba Hutchinosn, Oğuzhan Özyakup (c), Anderson Talisca; Ricardo Quaresma, Cenk Tosun, Ryan Babel

Monaco predicted XI:

Subasic; Sidibé, Kamil Glik, Jemerson, Jorge; Lopes, Fabinho, João Moutinho, Lemar; Keita, Radamel Falcao

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