Sparta Prague and Monaco will kick off their Champions League third qualifying round tie on Tuesday night at the Stadion Letna. The two clubs are competing in the Champions League qualifying rounds league path after their domestic performances in 2020-21.
Sparta Prague vs Monaco Match Preview
Sparta Prague entered the Champions League in the second qualifying round where they defeated Austria’s Rapid Wien 3-2 on aggregate. The Czech Republic team lost the first leg 2-1 but claimed a second leg 2-0 win at home.
Monaco enter the Champions League qualifying round at the third stage following their third-place finish in Ligue 1 last term. After a late title push, Niko Kovac’s team fell just short of the French title. Now, Kovac, who took charge of Monaco ahead of the 2020-21 season, is aiming to lead Les Monégasques into the Champions League proper.
Les Monégasques won’t begin the Ligue 1 season until the weekend. This will be their first competitive fixture of the campaign. Monaco have played some strong teams in preseason friendlies such as Wolfsburg, Red Bull Salzburg, and Real Sociedad. Kovac needs the squad to get off to a quick start against Sparta Prague and avoid an upset. Sparta Prague and Monaco are just four matches away from Champions League group stage qualification.
Sparta Prague vs Monaco Betting Odds
While Monaco have been preparing for their season, Sparta Prague have already played competitive fixtures in the Champions League qualifying rounds and on the domestic front. Sparta Prague began their season on July 21 with a 2-1 loss to Rapid Vienna. The following weekend, the team kicked off the Czech domestic league with a 3-2 win versus Sigma Olomouc. After claiming a 2-0 win over Rapid Wien to progress to the Champions League third qualifying round, Sparta Prague thrashed Slovan Liberec 5-0.
Leading sportsbooks best betting odds on Sparta Prague are 4/1. The Czech club have not previously played Monaco and are taking a major step up in quality. Monaco are expected to fight for the Ligue 1 title this season, at least for some of it. Despite Les Monégasques not playing a competitive match as yet, Kovac will have them ready for Tuesday night’s fixture.
Monaco’s best betting odds to win on Tuesday night in Prague are at ¾. Les Monégasques are coming off of several down seasons. The 2018-19 season was the last time Monaco played in the Champions League. Their down period so a few managers come and go including Thierry Henry and Robert Moreno.
Sparta Prague vs Monaco Team News
Monaco typically cash-in on top players during the offseason and this summer was no different. Fode Ballo-Toure left the club for AC Milan and Gil Dias signed for Benfica. Despite the subtractions, Monaco still have a strong side and Kovac was able to add a new goalkeeper in Bayern Munich’s Alex Nubel. The shot-stopper is only on loan and could be Manuel Neuer’s future replacement in Munich. Nubel could start in place of Benjamin Lecomte, who has a hamstring injury.
Exciting winger/midfielder/wing-back Ismail Jakobs signed from Koln this summer. Monaco are known for developing excellent young players and Jakobs should benefit from playing in France this season. Jakobs joins an already established cast of players including veteran Cesc Fabregas, Youssouf Fofana, Wissam Ben Yedder, and Kevin Volland. Gelson Martins could operate as a wing-back in Monaco’s formation.
Sparta Prague player Ladislav Krejci has scored three goals in all competitions this season. He is one of the Czech team’s dangermen in the side. Sparta Prague are likely to make changes to the team that started on Saturday versus Slovan Liberec. The duo of Moberg-Karlsson and Adam Hlozek are likely to return to play in the final third.
Sparta Prague vs Monaco H2H
There is no history between these sides in European competition. Monaco are playing in the Champions League for the first time since 2018-19. This is a very different team than the one from three years ago. The manager is also different and far more pragmatic. Monaco have not seen the mass number of changes that are typical of the side. It is relatively the same team that was seen last season. On the surface, it looks like there is an emphasis on making the Champions League group stage.
Sparta Prague will certainly take a big scalp if they can defeat Monaco over the course of two legs. Their best chance will come on Tuesday at home. There best chance at getting a win will come on Tuesday at home. They have played competitive matches and are ahead of Monaco with their season.
Sparta Prague vs Monaco Prediction
Both teams to score: NO @ 21/20 - BET NOW
Monaco had a brilliant defensive record last season. They got stronger as the campaign wore on under Kovac. Monaco conceded 42 times in Ligue 1 in 2020-21, the third-fewest goals of any team. Despite Sparta Prague playing in the Champions League qualifying stages already, our betting tips experts predict this game to be low scoring with the Czechs struggling for goals.
Wissam Ben Yedder to score anytime @ 13/10 - BET NOW
Wissam Ben Yedder led Monaco in goals last season with 22 in 41 games in all competitions. Ben Yedder is a brilliant striker and will likely start on Tuesday night in attack. The French hitman should lead the team in goals again this term. Our betting tips experts like the Frenchman to get on the scoresheet this week.
Under 2.5 goals scored @ 19/20 - BET NOW
Monaco bagged 76 goals in 2020-21 in Ligue 1, the third-most. Yet, having not played a competitive match in any competition this term, Tuesday’s game should be low scoring with Kovac’s team keeping things tidy at the back. Sparta Prague will be desperate not to let Monaco run away with the game. They should be set out to play defensively and slow down the Ligue 1 outfit. Our betting tips experts expect this to finish with under 2.5 goals as Monaco claim a first leg win.
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