Villarreal head to the south of France with a mountain to climb if they are to make it through to the lucrative group stages of the Champions League. Given the upheavel around the Yellow Submarine we advised against backing them in last week's home leg against Monaco and the La Liga side were duly beaten 2-1 by Leonardo Jardim's men.
The advantage is a very useful one for the Ligue 1 outfit to take back to the Stade Louis II where they boast a pretty solid record, losing just one of their last 15 home matches. They have also found the back of the net in each of those 15 games, however, they have only kept five clean sheets and with away goals potentially important it will be crucial for the French team to keep things tight.
Villarreal though do not look like a side that will pose many problems, and new manager Fran Escriba is known for getting his teams to be organized rather than spectacular.
Following a 1-1 draw at Granada on Saturday night, the visitors to the Stade Louis II are offered at 2/1 (3.00) to claim their first win under Escriba, while the hosts are offered at 13/10 (2.30) and the draw can be backed at 9/4 (3.25).
As previously mentioned Monaco have an excellent scoring record at home and last season only failed to score twice in the 25 competitive fixtures they played in their own stadium. In 11 of their last 13 home games Monaco have scored at least twice, and the price of 5/4 (2.20) for them to find the back of the net on at least two occasions against Villarreal looks appealing.
The Spanish team are still adapting to losing their goalkeeper and best centre back from last season and have looked a little nervy at the back, as underlined by giving away a third minute penalty in the first leg. Radamel Falcao is still likely to be missing for Monaco, yet the side have been finding goals from all over the pitch and have scored in all five of the competitive games they have contested so far this season.
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