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Dortmund vs Monaco Match Preview

10 Apr 2017 Keith M. INTERNATIONAL CLUBS: UEFA Champions League, Knockout stage
INTERNATIONAL CLUBS: UEFA Champions League, Knockout stage

Borussia Dortmund

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  • D
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  • L


16:45 GMT
12 April 2017

AS Monaco

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  • L
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16:45 GMT 12 April 2017

It’s the first leg of a huge UEFA Champions League quarter-final tie between two of the competition’s underdogs this season. Monaco make the trip to Germany and the Signal Iduna Park as they look to take a decent result into the second-leg at their stadium. The two sides have been fantastic to watch this season and Dortmund overcame 4-1 on aggregate in the last leg while Monaco beat Man City on away goals after a 6-6 aggregate score.


  • Dortmund have only lost once in the Champions League this season and that came away at Benfica in the first-leg of their last 16 tie. They battered the Portuguese champions 4-0 in the second-leg to set up a tasty tie against Monaco in the quarter-final.
  • Monaco have also only lost 1 game in Europe this season since the group stages began. This also came in their last 16 first-leg as they were beaten 5-3 by Man City. A fantastic 3-1 win in the second-leg of the tie made sure they made it through to the quarter-final of the competition.
  • Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been brilliant in this season’s Champions League and his hat-trick against Benfica means he has 7 this season in the competition, a total only Cavani and Messi can beat.
  • Falcao has really found his feet for Monaco this season and his 4 goals so far make him Monaco’s leading scorer. He is averaging a goal every 84 minutes in the Champions League so if he manages a full game, he will probably end up scoring.


The two sides haven’t faced each other yet in Europe and both teams will be desperate to win the first meeting so they can hold the advantage in the second-leg. It’s the battle of the competition’s two highest scoring teams so expect both teams to score in this first-leg.


Dortmund’s hopes of a first-leg advantage will be massively boosted as Marco Reus and Andre Schurrle are in line to return for the hosts. They’ll need to stay resolute at the back as Monaco are extremely dangerous going forward with Kylian Mbappe and Falcao in top form. With Reus and Aubameyang in their own attacking ranks, they pose a massive threat and have a great chance of taking a lead into the second-leg.

Latest matches: Borussia Dortmund

08.04.2017 Bund Bayern Munich Borussia Dortmund 4:1 L
04.04.2017 Bund Borussia Dortmund Hamburger SV 3:0 W
01.04.2017 Bund FC Schalke 04 Borussia Dortmund 1:1 D
17.03.2017 Bund Borussia Dortmund FC Ingolstadt 1:0 W
14.03.2017 DFB SF Lotte Borussia Dortmund 0:3 W


The visitors are on a great run of form and look like the front-runners for the Ligue 1 title after they were defeated by PSG in the French Cup final. They’ll need to on their game in this clash and the defensive showing will be paramount which has been slightly leaky. With the threat of Dortmund’s attack, they’ll have to be rock solid at the back. Tiemoue Bakayoko’s absence from the squad may turn out to be a big miss.

Latest matches: AS Monaco

08.04.2017 Ligu SCO Angers AS Monaco 0:1 W
04.04.2017 Coup AS Monaco Lille OSC 2:1 W
01.04.2017 Coup AS Monaco Paris St Germain 1:4 L
19.03.2017 Ligu SM Caen AS Monaco 0:3 W
15.03.2017 UEFA AS Monaco Manchester City 3:1 W


With home advantage and Marco Reus’ potential return, Dortmund look like the favourites heading into this quarter-final first-leg but Monaco certainly won’t be easy opposition and have been brilliant across all competitions this season. It will be a tight affair over both legs in this quarter-final clash and the result in the first-leg will be huge. Both teams will attack strongly and will probably both score but with possibly weak defences, it could turn out to be a goal fest over both legs. Dortmund should have the advantage after the first-leg but Monaco won’t lie down easily. Expect lots of goals.

About the author - Keith M.

Dedicated tipster with five years of experience. Devoted Arsenal fan and sports writer.

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