Fenerbahce take on the visitors Monaco in first leg of probably the most fascinating matchup of the third qualifying round. The game will be played on Wednesday, July 27th.
Fenerbahce lost the title race to Besiktas last season and also lost Turkish Cup final. Just like other leading Turkish teams, Fenerbahce show excellent results at home and rarely lose matches at own pitch. Each team have problems at Fenerbahce and Monaco won’t be an exception as the hosts haven’t lost a single home match in previous season of Superlig, taking 14 wins and three draws. The most recent home defeat was recorded in September. Fenerbahce also have the best defense in the country with 27 goals allowed in 34 matches (only 10 of them were conceded at home).
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On the other hand, Fenerbahce isn’t that solid in matches in eurocups and they will definitely have problems against such skilled side as Monaco, who proved in sparrings they are ready to score on the road. Fenerbahce played 30 home matches in Champions League since 2000, conceding at least once in 23 of these games. The third team of Ligue 1 allow quite number of goals (50 in 3 matches). So it came as no surprise the team signed up three defenders this summer for € 39m in total. Of the other side of the pitch, Radamel Falcao try to prove he’s still a worthy player with six goal scored in four club friendlies.
Both teams are only getting ready for a long season and both sides aren’t in their best conditions. The hosts don’t show solid defense in eurocups while Monaco need improve their back four after quite poor play in defense last season. At the same time, both of the opponents have great attacking potential and should try their chances in offence. On top of that, both teams scored in four out of last five Monaco’s matches in Europe.
Prediction for the match: Both teams to score.