Our football match prediction:
Despite producing a fine display in the Etihad Stadium clash against Manchester City, Monaco eventually suffered a 5-3 loss to Pep Guardiola’s team in the Champions League last 16, first leg. Les Rouges et Blancs are leading the chase for the Ligue 1 trophy, but they have big ambitions for the knockout stages of the elite competition as well. Leonardo Jardim’s troops have been impressive at their Stade Louis II this season and we predict that they will find the net in Wednesday’s football match against Manchester City. The Citizens showed character in the first leg, with the team coming from behind to beat Monaco at their Etihad Stadium and given the attacking potential of the Premier League side, they are likely to find the net in the second leg as well. Kun Aguero found the net in the FA Cup win over Middlesbrough at the weekend and he will be the man to watch in the away team.
Highligted Player (Nabil Dirar):
Moroccan footballer Nabil Dirar is a left winger for AS Monaco. The 30-year-old Casablanca-born winger arrived at Monaco in 2012 from Belgian side Club Brugge, where he spent four seasons. A mainstay with the Belgian side, Dirar increasingly stood out by his on and off pitch behavior as the Morocco international was known to get in frequent altercations with opposing players, but his own teammates which had often resulted in Dirar being sent to train and play for the reserves. His €7.5 million sale to AS Monaco was the highest transfer fee ever received by Club Brugge. Nabil Dirar made a good use of the change of scenery by going on to become one of AS Monaco’s key performers. The 30-year-old winger racked up impressive nine Ligue 1 assists in 2015-16 season, prompting increased interest from European clubs. Serie A giants Lazio were reported to be interested in the Monaco player, who will have an important role to play during his club’s Champions League participation.
Highlighted Team (Manchester City):
Manchester City are the lest famous of the two major clubs based in Manchester. The club was founded in 1880, but they have been struggling in the English Premier League in the past. Nonetheless, ever since the club was purchased by Abu Dhabi United Group in 2008, the Citizens have been playing an important role in the English top flight. Manchester City won two Premier League trophies under Roberto Mancini and Manuel Pellegrini (2011/2012 and 2013/2014), butboth managers eventually paid the price for some disappointing results. Man City play their home games at the Etihad Stadium and the stadium capacity is 55,097. Manchester United are regarded as Manchester City’s biggest rivals and the likes of Kun Aguero, Carlos Tevez, Shaun Wright-Phillips, Uwe Rosler, Yaya Toure, Sylvain Distin are some of the most remarkable players that played for the Etihad Stadium outfit. Manchester City have won four Premier League titles and five FA Cup trophies and it has to be noted that they made it to the Champions League semis in the 2015/2016 season.