Monday, October 3, 2022

Prediction: PSV vs Monaco

Verdict: Both teams to score

Best Odds: 7/10

Bookmaker: Unibet

In what could be an enjoyable affair from the Philips Stadion on Tuesday night, PSV and Monaco will meet for their Champions League qualifying second-leg.

PSV

Starting with the hosts, while PSV were disappointed to have thrown away their first-leg advantage out in France last week, Ruud van Nistelrooy’s men should find the mood in their camp at a high. Eventually leaving Monaco with a 1-1 draw seven days ago, the ex-Manchester United icon saw his side pick up some perfect momentum over the weekend. Opening up the 2022/23 Eredivisie campaign with a thumping 4-1 romp against Emmen on home soil, the Dutch giants have their sights set on mounting another title charge this season. Stunning bitter rivals Ajax on July 30th as they claimed this year’s Super Cup thanks to an action-packed 5-3 victory, PSV have enjoyed a summer purple patch. Signing off their pre-season preparations with back-to-back friendly wins against Eindhoven and Real Betis, Tuesday’s hosts will be looking to lay down another marker at the Philips Stadion.

Team News

All missing out of the weekend, PSV are expected to be without the quartet of Carlos Vinicius, Noni Madueke, Mauro Junior and Olivier Boscagli here.

Former Barcelona striker Luuk de Jong should lead van Nistelrooy’s charge on Tuesday night.

Monaco

As for the visitors, although Monaco might not have been at their best on first-leg duties last week, Philippe Clement’s men did salvage a 1-1 draw at the Stade Louis II. Despite signing off their pre-season preparations with back-to-back 2-1 and 3-1 losses against Porto and Southampton, the one-time Club Brugge boss did see his side pick up a perfect boost last weekend. Holding onto a 2-1 victory away at Strasbourg when opening this year’s Ligue 1 campaign, the Monégasques will be desperate to build off of that display. However, hit with a hard task when they welcomed PSV to France last week, it should be noted that Monaco do hold a worrying European record on foreign soil. On a run that stems all the way back to April 2017, Tuesday’s guests have won just one of their last nine Champions League appearances away from the Stade Louis II.

Team News

Handed an enforced break against Strasbourg over the weekend, the duo of Aleksandr Golovin and Kevin Volland should return on Tuesday night.

However, picking up a knock last week, summer arrival Takumi Minamino is a major doubt here.

Key Factors to Consider

    • When the two sides faced off at the Stade Louis II on first-leg duties last week, PSV and Monaco played out a 1-1 draw.
    • Monaco have managed to win just one of their previous nine Champions League matchups on foreign soil.
    • Likewise, eight of Monaco’s last 11 Champions League away fixtures have finished with both teams finding the net.
    • Including their pre-season run, PSV are unbeaten in each of their last five matchups across all formats – four wins, one draw.
    • PSV have bagged 10 goals in their last three competitive appearances.

    Conclusion

    With Tuesday’s opponents playing out an enjoyable 1-1 draw at the Stade Louis II last week, neutrals will be hoping for a similar affair here. With a spot in the final of this year’s Champions League qualifiers up for grabs, the midweek hosts are in the midst of a summer purple patch. Opening up this season’s Eredivisie campaign with a thumping 4-1 romp against Emmen a few days ago, van Nistelrooy’s side have also gained a reputation for their displays in the final third. Bagging 10 goals in their last three competitive appearances, chances could come thick and fast here. Likewise, with Monaco seeing nine of their previous 11 Champions League away fixtures finish with both teams finding the net, we’re backing a similar outcome.

    Verdict: Both teams to score

    Best Odds: 7/10

    Bookmaker: Unibet

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR

    Tom Dunstan


    Formerly of The Independent, Tom is a freelance football and boxing journalist from Essex, England. Currently working for three online publications, Tom is a graduate of the University of Falmouth and has spent the last two years writing across Australia, New Zealand and Asia. He can be followed at @IamTomDunstan

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