Our football match prediction:
Besiktas have been playing above expectations in the group stages of the 2017/2018 Champions League campaign. The Turkish club have already defeated their rivals in Group G Leipzig, Porto and Monao and they are on the right track to make it to the knockout stages. Senol Gunes’ men aim to keep their 100% record intact, but recording back-to-back wins over Monaco is easier said than done. Les Rouges et Blancs kicked off their Champions League campaign with a 1-1 draw against Leipzig, but they failed to impress in previous two group games against Porto (0-3) and Besiktas (1-2). Leonardo Jardim’s men have been struggling in the elite competition this season and key player from the last season Kylian Mbappe has been sorely missed. Besiktas have been in a much better form of late than Monaco and we predict that the hosts will pick up all three points from Wednesday’s football match.
Highlighted Player (Pepe):
Pepe is a professional footballer who plays for Real Madrid as a defender. The Portuguese international played for Maritimo at the start of his senior career and in 2004 he moved to Porto. After making 64 league appearances for the Dragons, he signed a contract with Real Madrid in 2007 and he quickly established himself as a first-team regular. Pepe is well known for his hard tackles and referees often show him red card. The Real Madrid centre back often played as a defensive midfielder under Jose Mourinho and it has to be noted that he scored five goals in all competitions in the 2013/2014 La Liga campaign. The Portuguese footballer won his second Champions League trophy with Real Madrid in the 2015/2016 season and later in 2016 he helped A Selecao win the European Championship trophy. Portugal defeated France in the title game and Pepe played an important role in Fernando Santos’ team in the Euro 2016 final. The Real Madrid defender was born in Maceio, Brazil on 26 February, 1983.
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.