Monaco vs Borussia Dortmund Betting Tips: Latest odds, team news, preview and predictions

Bundesliga leaders Borussia Dortmund travel to take on Monaco in their final Champions League group game on Tuesday night.

Lucien Favre’s team are already assured of a place in the last 16 of this competition ahead of their meeting with Thierry Henry’s men.

Monaco have picked up just one point from their five group games and their involvement in European competition this term will come to an end after this match.

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Henry’s team, then, are playing only for pride and they can be backed at 15/4 (4.75) with William Hill, while the odds compilers offer 16/5 (4.20) that the Ligue 1 side secure a share of the spoils against the German outfit.

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Dortmund must win to give them a chance of topping Group A and William Hill go 4/6 (1.67) that Favre’s men pick up all three points.

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The hosts have been decimated by injury so far this season and Henry will be reticent to risk any players who are not fully fit given that Monaco’s Champions League dream is already over.

Dortmund, too, could rotate given that they are already assured of progression as Favre tries to keep his side fresh in their bid for Bundesliga glory this season.

Toothless hosts?

Monaco were battered 4-0 by Club Brugge on their own patch in this competition last month and, indeed, they have suffered six successive home defeats in this competition.

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Henry’s men have drawn a blank in three of their last four Champions League clashes and William Hill go 7/4 (2.75) that the hosts fail to score here.

The same firm go 13/8 (2.63) that the visitors (-1) beat the handicap mark, a selection that would have landed in four of Dortmund’s last five victories in this competition.

Prediction

Better value, though, may lie in backing Dortmund to win without conceding at 21/10 (3.10) with William Hill.

Favre’s men have kept four clean sheets in five Champions League ties so far this season and their impressive defensive discipline could give them the edge in Tuesday’s tussle.

Betting Banner - Best BetDortmund to win to nil at 21/10 (3.10) for a 1pt stake with William Hill

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Credit to Mourinho: Manchester United boss has managed Rashford’s progress perfectly

Jose Mourinho often bemoans the common desire to always speak about those players who are not starting games rather than those who are. Such is life when you are Manchester United’s manager and your squad is plied full of expensive talent.

Whether it be the likes of Paul Pogba, Romelu Lukaku, Fred and Juan Mata filling the bench at a cost of anything between £37 million and £89.5m at a time, or Alexis Sanchez’s near-£500,000 weekly salary being paid out for 20-minute cameos, United have had a stack of notable reserve options of late.

But there is another player about whose position in the squad Mourinho is regularly quizzed, and who has begun to figure far more regularly of late as a consequence of the travails of some of the world’s costlier stars.

Marcus Rashford was arguably United’s best player as they returned to form in a 4-1 demolition of Fulham on Saturday, with his late goal and two assists fair reward for the dimension he added to the Reds’ attack.

This was nothing new, though. The 21-year-old’s position at the top of the game is pretty much taken for granted already, such has been his progress in less than three years since his unforgettable debut double against Midtjylland in the Europa League.

It is exactly because he has wowed so regularly that many United fans grow quickly frustrated with Mourinho whenever Rashford doesn’t get a start, but, in truth, while there are misgivings over the way in which other players have been treated at Old Trafford, the Portuguese has got things spot on with the England international.

Indeed, the more conservative nature of Mourinho’s use of young players has brought Rashford on at close to the perfect pace.

So often in the past a bright young star has fizzled out all too quickly as a result of burn-out, while there have also been countless cases of players being held back for far too long and missing out on valuable experience as part of their growth in the game.

“Marcus Rashford is not Dominic Solanke. He is not Ruben Loftus-Cheek, he is not Dominic Calvert-Lewin,” Mourinho said in October when quizzed as to his perceived reluctance to let the attacker loose.

“He is Marcus Rashford, a Manchester United player with an incredible number of appearances and an incredible number of minutes played at the highest level in the best possible competitions.”

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Since that outburst which came complete with statistical analysis, Rashford has gone on one of his longer runs in the first team. Of the last 13 United games, he has started 10 and contributed not just from the wide position in which he has been largely employed since Mourinho arrived at Old Trafford but also replaced the ailing Lukaku as the central striker.

Rashford has been the lone attacker in four of the last nine matches and also partnered Lukaku in a front two in the 2-2 draw at Southampton. And when used from the left of the attacking midfield line against Fulham on Saturday, he was United’s most omnipresent force in the final third.

One area of his game which doubtless needs to improve is his finishing, with the erratic nature of some of his efforts remaining an area of concern.

But again, this is the kind of thing a youngster still making his way at the top of the game can iron out over time, and the decision to give him a little run in the side and then take him out of the firing line to address weaknesses is entirely in keeping with what a club like United should be doing.

When they take on Valencia in their dead-rubber Champions League Group H clash in Spain on Wednesday, Rashford is almost certain to play some part.

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Since first breaking into the United first team he has made an incredible 141 appearances in 161 games, and yet neither has he been over-exposed to the rigours of senior football.

To those who say he isn’t playing enough, those 141 call-ups suggest otherwise. In truth, Rashford’s development is being handled just right by Mourinho and United.

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Just as the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi were not over-used in their early days at the top, Rashford is being held back just enough to get the best of both worlds.

United will continue to rest the heavy burdens on those players with the biggest reputations and the most to prove until such time as Rashford hits the very heights to which the whole world expects him to reach at some point in his career.

But right now, at 21 and doing enough to prove his worth to United as a reliable senior squad member, Rashford is just where he needs to be.

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‘I have 15 players’ – Silva & Fernandinho add to Guardiola’s injury woes

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola claims he is down to 15 available senior players for Wednesday’s Champions League match against Hoffenheim after David Silva and Fernandinho were added to his injury list.

Silva will be out for “a few weeks” after sustaining an apparent hamstring injury in City’s 2-0 Premier League loss at Chelsea on Saturday.

Fernandinho completed his team’s first league defeat of their title defence but appeared in discomfort towards the end of the 90 minutes.

Kevin De Bruyne’s ongoing rehabilitation from a knee ligament injury means Guardiola’s first-choice midfield three from last season are not available to take on Hoffenheim, with a point required for City to secure top spot in Group F.

Sergio Aguero remains out with an abductor complaint, although the Argentina striker could be back when City host Everton on Saturday, while full-backs Benjamin Mendy and Danilo remain on the sidelines.

On Silva’s injury, Guardiola explained: “He was substituted for a muscular problem. He will be stopped for a few days, a few weeks

“Maybe Sergio has a chance for the weekend.

“We have 15 players available, so rotating, I cannot do it too much.

“We are in a real tough game. We are in the next stage, that is important. We want to win the game because every game we have to try to win, [we want] to finish first.

“It doesn’t matter if you finish first or second, the last 16 is always tough.”

Guardiola spoke of how highly he rates Hoffenheim counterpart Julian Nagelsmann, dating back to their meetings when the Catalan was in charge of Bayern Munich.

Hoffenheim’s efforts in their 3-2 defeat to Shakhtar Donetsk last time out in the Champions League, despite being down to 10 men, gave Guardiola a newfound admiration for their play.

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“Hoffenheim against Shakhtar was one of the most incredible games I watched as a spectator in the last years,” Guardiola added, having studied a recording of the match this week.

“They were incredible how they created, how they did it – even with 10 players for 30 minutes, and they lost!

“It was fascinating watching that game. My admiration and point of view of Hoffenheim has increased. I know about Julian Nagelsmann and his team and I realise how tough it will be.”

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VIDEO: Messi, Mbappe & The Ones to Watch in the UEFA Champions League

The UEFA Champions League is set for the first half of what promises to be an epic climax to the Group Stage.

On Tuesday night, Tottenham, Inter, Napoli and Liverpool and PSG will see their fate sealed.

But who will rise up above the rest and be crowned the UEFA Champions League Player of the Week, sponsored by Banco Santander?

Premier League club Tottenham head to Camp Nou knowing they have to get a good result in order to keep their hopes alive, but can they stop Lionel Messi?

The Argentina international has been named Player of the Week following all three of outings in the competition this season.

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In Group C, PSG will be looking to cement their place in the knockout stage and will hope for more inspiration from wonderkid Kylian Mbappe, who has already been directly involved in four UCL goals this term.

Over in Germany, Axel Witsel will hope to keep up his impressive 94 per cent passing success rate as his Dortmund side hope to see off Monaco and beat Atletico Madrid to top spot.

And another impressive perform this term, Porto’s Felipe, will hope to rise again and add to his impressive total of 26 successful aerial duels in the Group Stage so far.

Voting for Player of the Week opens on Thursday.

Follow Football Santander on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for continued coverage of the UEFA Champions League.

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Valencia vs Manchester United Betting Tips: Latest odds, team news, preview and predictions

Manchester United will be looking to warm up for Sunday’s big game against Liverpool when they travel to Valencia for Wednesday’s Champions League clash.

Already through to the next round and with their slim chances of topping the group resting on Young Boys pulling off a shock win over Juventus, the Red Devils are unlikely to focus too much attention on this game ahead of the weekend.

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Nevertheless, they are available at 9/5 (2.80) with William Hill to secure a morale-boosting victory at the Estadio de Mestalla.

Marcelino’s men definitely have nothing to play for as they sit marooned in third place, but are priced at 31/20 (2.55) to leave the competition on a high by coming out on top.

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The sides shared a 0-0 draw in the reverse encounter at Old Trafford, and you can get odds of 23/10 (3.30) on them cancelling each other out once again.

Team News

Jose Gaya is suspended for the hosts, while Gabriel Paulista is ruled out through injury after being forced off in Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Sevilla.

Paul Pogba is set to be recalled in a rotated visiting line-up with Victor Lindelof, Alexis Sanchez, Matteo Darmian, Eric Bailly, Chris Smalling and Anthony Martial all injured or doubtful.

Uneventful clash

Fans who found the last meeting between this pair an uninspiring spectacle would do well to avoid Wednesday’s rematch, where entertainment is likely to be at least as thin on the ground.

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Los Che have no motivation to attack, although a defensive record that has seen them concede only nine times in 11 home matches this season should at least prevent Jose Mourinho’s men adding too heavily to the return of three goals in the last four Champions League games.

Predictions

Indeed, the smart money is surely on the 8/11 (1.73) price for under 2.5 goals to be scored for Valencia’s 10th home match in 12, as well as a fourth Champions League match in five for a distracted United.

Betting Banner - Best BetUnder 2.5 goals at 8/11 (1.73) for a 2.5pt stake with William Hill

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