Thirteen years into their meeting at Gelsenkirchen in the Champions League final, Monaco and Porto meet again at the same competition. The group stage fixture is of great importance for both teams as they failed to raise the bar on matchday 1.
Monaco were held to a 1- 1 draw by Champions League new boys RB Leipzig on the opening day. However, their remain as prime candidates to win the group following Porto’s defeat to Besiktas. This inturn implicates that the Portuguese side has a big job to do on Tuesday as another defeat will blow out their qualification chances depending on results elsewhere.
Both teams made a decent start to their competitive season. Monaco are unbeaten at home in competitive matches this season. They won all their 4 games at the Stade Louis so far scoring a total of 16 goals as against 3 conceded. Meantime, their lone defeat in all competitions happened in the Ligue 1 fixture away to Nice, 4 days before the away draw at Leipzig.
Meantime, other than the defeat at Besiktas, Porto had won their remaining 7 matches this season. The team had kept 5 clean sheets on the bounce before the defeat. Since then, the team failed to guard the defense.
Monaco vs Porto: Head-to-head
The final at Gelsenkirchen on May 2004 is the lone meeting between the two sides. It proved to be the lucky day for Jose Mourinho as Porto thrashed Monaco 3-0.
Monaco’s overall record against Portuguese clubs is 2 wins, 2 draws and 3 losses from 7 matches. At home, they are unbeaten in three with 2 wins and a draw.
Porto met French oppositions 23 times and boast a solid record with 12 wins, 6 draws and 5 losses. However, they struggled a bit in away games as the 11 games saw 3 wins, 4 draws and 4 losses.
Monaco vs Porto: Prediction
The teams might have similar sort of forms, but Monaco come with a reputation of outscoring any opponent on any given day. This is very much a reality as Porto’s defense looked brittle in recent games. The French side will also benefit from playing this match at their home turf.