Villarreal take on the visitors Monaco in the first leg of final round in Champions League qualification. The game takes place at El Madrigal Stadium on Wednesday, 17 August 2016.
Villarreal took fourth place in La Liga last season and gained the right to play in Champions League qualification. Upcoming match will be the first one for the team this season. The Yellow Submarine played only friendlies this summer, taking two wins, four draws and suffering three defeats. The club did their best to strengthen the first team, signing such players as Soriano, Sansone, N’Diaye, Espiniza, Cheryshev an Pato. At the same time, some of the key players like Denis Suarez and Eric Bailly left the team so Villarreal would need some time to readjust.
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Monaco have already played three matches this season. They have eliminated Fenerbahce in the previous round of the competition, 1-2, 3-1 and drew their round one clash in France Ligue 1 with Guingamp, 2-2. The team doesn’t show solid results on the road. Counting last season, Monaco are unable to win one the road in last four matches.
These two teams haven’t faced one another before. Both sides deserve to play in group stage of the tournaments and would definitely advance to the next round if draw was different. As to the upcoming match, Villarreal should turn home-field advantage into victory as Monaco still need to improve their performance in matches on the road.
Prediction for the match: Villarreal to win.