Our football match prediction:
Thanks to a 1-1 draw with CSKA in Moscow Bayer Leverkusen advanced to the Champions League knockout stages. The Bundesliga side are four points behind Group E leaders Monaco, meaning that coach Roger Schmidt is likely to mix the squad against les Rouges et Blancs. Bayer Leverkusen dropped two points in a 1-1 draw with Freiburg in their last league fixture, but it has to be noted that Mexican attacker Javier Hernandez Chicharito missed a chance to score the winner in the dying minutes of the game. Monaco, on the other hand, did remarkably well to beat Tottenham Hotspur in their last group game and they will be looking to put icing on the cake with a victory over the Bundesliga team. However, seeing that both teams will be happy with one point from Wednesday’s football match, we predict that they are going to share the spoils at BayArena.
Highlighted Player (Hernandez):
Javier Hernandez or Chicharito is a 27-year-old striker who plays for German Bundesliga side Bayer Leverkusen. He began his professional career in 2006 playing for the Mexican club Guadalajara. His first break came in 2010, ahead of the FIFA World Cup, when he became the first Mexican player to join the English Premier League side Manchester United. He was very effective at United endearing himself to the fans with some crucial goals. Chicharito played for Real Madrid in 2014-15 season on loan and had limited success with them. But he revived his career with a move to Leverkusen in 2015 with whom he has regained his prolific scoring record. Hernandez carries his prolific form to national colors too. Having made his senior national debut in 2009, Chicharito has 43 goals from 80 games for the national team. He is the second highest goal scorer of all-time for the Mexico national team.
Highlighted Team (Monaco):
Though based in Monaco, Les Rouges et Blances – as they are commonly referred to – play their games in the French football league system. Members of the top tier Ligue 1, Monaco play their home matches at the Stade Louis II in Fontvieille in front of 18,500 people. The Principality club boasts a turbulent history, which saw Monaco reach the highest heights of both domestic and international scene, but also get relegated to the amateur leagues at the very beginnings and to Ligue 2 in 2010-11 season. The following year AS Monaco were acquired by the Russian billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev, whose heavy investments turned the Principality club into one of the biggest spenders in Europe in 2013 and reestablishing its place among Europe’s top clubs. AS Monaco have had notable European results in the modern football era having been runners-up in the UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup in 1992 and the UEFA Champions League in 2004. One of the most successful clubs in France AS Monaco have so far won seven league titles and five Coupe de France trophies.