Our prediction for this Champions League match:
After beating Sparta 2-0 in Prague, Monaco will look to give fans yet another reason for celebration when the two teams face each other at Stade Louis II on Tuesday evening. Les Rouges et Blancs are with one foot in the Champions League playoffs, but head coach Niko Kovac must warn his men against complacency. Even though all Diatta, Lecomte, and Maripan are likely to miss the game with injuries, home win should be considered as the Ligue 1 outfit have turned their Stade Louis II into a real fortress.
The Czechs, on the other hand, have no other choice but to go all guns blazing at Monaco, meaning that the hosts should have a number of opportunities to score on the break. Sparta boss Pavel Vrba should opt to make changes to the starting XI, with all Julis, Karabec, and Vindheim pushing for a start.
Highlighted Player (Djibril Sidibé):
Born in Troyes, Djibril Sidibe made his first football steps at his hometown club. Having excelled throughout the youth ranks, Sidibe was rewarded with his professional debut in 2010. Two years later he moved to Lille where he established himself as one of the biggest prospects in French football.
A 2016 move to Ligue 1 giants Monaco came as a reward for his impressive qualities. Sidibe is a solid right-back who is great at picking out passes, especially with crosses. A determined individual, Sidibe does not easily get caught out in a wide space. His impressive footwork make him a difficult player to play against going forward which he has a knack for.
Monaco are expected to be another stepping stone in his career and it won’t be too long before the World Cup winning French international has made a move to one of Europe’s top sides.
Highlighted Team (Sparta Prague):
Established in 1893, Sparta Prague is one of Europe’s oldest clubs and the most successful side in Czech Republic, having won no fewer than 36 league titles and 27 Czech Cup trophies. The club play their games at the Generali Arena in Prague and hold a long-lasting rivalry with Slavia Prague.
Sparta Prague enjoyed their Golden Years in the 1960’s, when average attendance was nearly 40,000 and players like Jiri Tichy, Andrej Kvasnak and Vaclav Masek entertained the crowds week in week out. Rudi largely impressed in the maiden Champions League campaign during the 1991/92 season as they finished second in the semi-final group, meaning they were among top 4 European sides at the moment.
Nevertheless, Sparta Prague have enjoyed little to no success on the European stage since, reaching the Champions League knockout stages on just one occasion, with their latest major coup the return of prodigal son Tomas Rosicky from Arsenal.