Our football match prediction:
Besiktas will be looking to keep their 100% record in Group G intact when they face Monaco at Stade Louis II on Tuesday evening. The Turkish side proved their worth in back-to-back wins over Porto and Leipzig, but beating les Rouges et Blancs on the road is easier said than done. The Ligue 1 champions played out a 1-1 draw with Leipzig in their opener, but, against all odds, they were outclassed by Porto (0-3) in front of home fans in their second group game. Monaco want this win more than Besiktas and seeing that Leonardo Jardim’s men have been producing splendid displays in the French top flight this season, we predict that they will pick up all three points from Tuesday’s football match. The two teams meet for the first time ever in European competitions and, taking everything into account, home win should be considered.
Highlighted Player (Joao Moutinho):
A versatile midfielder who can operate as a defensive or attacking midfielder, as well as on either flank, Moutinho is a Portugal international playing for AS Monaco. The experienced 30-year-old footballer started his career with Sporting, but moved to great rivals Porto in 2010. Having won 12 major titles between the two clubs combined, Moutinho moved to Monaco in 2013. A full Portugal international at the age of 18, Moutinho is a regular call-up since the 2006 FIFA World Cup. The 30-year-old was a part of Portugal’s historic success in France this summer when Fernando Santos men lifted their first-ever continental trophy. Despite being a first-team regular with his club AS Monaco, Moutinho has been regularly linked with a move to Serie A and was reportedly offered to Napoli and AC Milan during the summer of 2016. AS Roma have also expressed their interest in signing the versatile midfielder, but Monaco opted to stay with the club and help Monaco with their UEFA Champions League challenge.
Highlighted Team (Besiktas):
Besiktas football club is one of the most successful teams in Turkey. Since its foundation in 1903, Besiktas have never been relegated to a lower rank of Turkish football. Black Eagles as they are known in Turkey play their matches at the Vodafone Arena in Istanbul which is an almost 42,000 all-seater capacity venue. Considered one of the top three football clubs in the country, Besiktas are the 14-time Super Lig champions who are entering the Champions League group stage in the 2016-17 season looking to make their presence known at the European scene. Besiktas have played in the group stage of the UEFA Champions League four times already, and are yet to progress through to the knockout sgateg in the competition that was established in today’s format in 1992. Their most outstanding European achievements of the Turkish side are the European Cup and UEFA Cup quarter-finals in 1987 and 2003, respectively. During their rich history the Black Eagles have also won 9 Turkish Cups and 8 national Super Cup titles.