Borussia Dortmund v Monaco Betting Special: Falcao ready to make his mark

Thomas Tuchel's side host Leonardo Jardim's men and our tipster looks at the players who could make their mark in this crucial Champions League clash

Borussia Dortmund meet Monaco in what promises to be a thrilling Champions League quarter-final tie.

The tie has been postponed to Wednesday after the bombings that occured outside the Dortmund team bus, but all bets placed to date still stand given the tie will be played less than 24 hours after it was originally slated to go.

Both of these sides are known for playing exciting, entertaining football and there is plenty of potential for the goals to flow when the rivals lock horns for a place in the final four of the competition.

Dortmund are likely to be without German international Marco Reus, who is struggling to shake off a hamstring injury in time to face the French league leaders, but Thomas Tuchel’s men can call upon the services of one of European football’s most prolific strikers as they seek to make home advantage count in their first-leg encounter. 

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has scored a hugely impressive 25 goals in 26 Bundesliga matches so far this season and Betfair Sportsbook offer 11/4 (3.75) that the 27-year-old notches first, while the same firm offer just 4/6 (1.67) that the Gabon international grabs a goal at any time.

Aubameyang Borussia Dortmund RB Leipzig

The hosts, however, are not reliant on Aubameyang’s striking prowess alone; indeed, Dortmund boast a pair of talented teenagers who can be called upon to trouble the Ligue 1 leaders, with French star Ousmane Dembele and USA midfielder Christian Pulisic both likely to line up against Leonardo Jardim’s charges.

Dembele has scored six goals in 26 league starts this season and was also on target in Dortmund’s sensational 8-4 triumph against Legia Warsaw in the group stages of the competition.

There is  6/4 (2.50) that he makes his mark in this game and  6/4 (2.50) that the 19-year-old, who started for his country in a World Cup qualifier against Luxembourg last month, breaks the deadlock.

Pulisic was on target in Dortmund’s 4-0 home demolition of Benfica in the previous round of this competition and 17/10 (2.70)  is available that the 18-year-old scores at any time, with  6/1 (7.0) that Pulisic strikes first.

Monaco have been in free-scoring form throughout the campaign; Jardim’s team are one of the continent’s highest scoring sides and Monaco put six past Manchester City over two legs in securing a dramatic away-goals victory against Pep Guardiola’s charges.

GFX Borussia Dortmund Monaco scorer betting

Radamel Falcao has been pivotal to Monaco’s progress; as well as 17 league goals, the 31-year-old Colombian has scored six Champions League goals so far this season and Betfair Sportsbook offer a seemingly generous 6/4 (2.50) that the former Manchester United and Chelsea striker continues his scoring streak here, with  11/2 (6.50) that he scores first.

Fabinho, a Brazilian defender who often operates in midfield for the Ligue 1 leaders, has scored three Champions League goals so far this season – including the second goal in Monaco’s 3-1 home win against Manchester City in the previous round – and the 23-year-old can be backed at 14/5 (3.80) to add to his tally here.

Kylian Mbappe, who opened the scoring against the men from Manchester last month, is a 2/1 (3.0) chance to score in Germany.

Monaco will miss influential midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko, whose goal sealed their progression past Manchester City, as the 22-year-old will miss the match through suspension, but Jardim’s team have no shortage of players who can put the ball in the net and Wednesday's tussle between these two teams has all of the ingredients required for an explosive encounter.

Falcao to score at any time at 6/4 (2.50) for a 2pt stake with Betfair Sportsbook

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