Monaco vs. Bayer Leverkusen Match Preview

Monaco vs. Bayer Leverkusen Match Preview  -
Bayer Leverkusen’s players take part in a training session on the eve of the UEFA Champions League football match AS Monaco vs Bayer Leverkusen on September 26, 2016 at the Louis II Stadium in Monaco. / AFP / VALERY HACHE (Photo credit should read VALERY HACHE/AFP/Getty Images)

AS Monaco and Bayer Leverkusen are set to do battle on matchday two of the UEFA Champions Group Stage. Monaco come into this match at the top of the Group E table, as they defeated Tottenham 2-1 in the first matchday. Leverkusen drew with CSKA Moscow in their opening match.

Club Profile-AS Monaco 

Monaco have won eight of their last nine matches in all competitions, and are currently sitting in second place in Ligue 1 They suffered their first defeat of the season last Wednesday when they fell to OGC Nice 4-0. However, they rebounded in their weekend fixture for a 2-1 win over Angers.

On Tuesday night, the French side will be without Colombian striker Radamel Falcao. Falcao suffered a concussion in last week’s loss to Nice. Brazilian right-back Fabinho is the clubs leading scorer at the moment and has already scored two goals in the Champions League. He will be a player to keep an eye on.

Monaco have defeated Leverkusen in all four of there previous meetings.  In addition, they defeated the German side twice in the 2014/15 competition.

Club Profile-Bayer Leverkusen  

The German club have had a tougher start to the season than their opponents, and have struggled at times defensively. Their win over the weekend should give them some much needed confidence, in what was a brilliant comeback that saw Chicharito net a hat-trick.

Their form as a whole, has been rather inconsistent, which has made them an unpredictable side at times. Defensively, they have struggled early on this year, including blowing a two-goal lead against CSKA Moscow.

If Chicharito can continue to find his finishing touch, then Leverkusen should be in business in this match. Two of the goals he scored over the week were the result of some pinpoint passes over the top from the midfield. This will be important for them as this is a crucial match for them, as every club in this group has a chance of advancing.