It is a tremendous shame that one of these two teams will not participate in the group round of the elite continental competition this year because, on paper, this is the strongest matchup at this point of the campaign.
Seven days prior, Monaco miraculously came up with a late equaliser at Stade Louis II to secure a 1-1 draw.
Out of all the stars, it was centre back Axel Disasi who kept Les Monegasques from losing as they attempt to make it through this brutal test in Eindhoven.
PSV defeated their bitter rival Ajax 5-3 in the Super Cup to kick off the new Dutch football season in the best way possible.
They now have a team that can compete with Ajax in the national league, and their outstanding preseason form also hinted towards a successful outcome in the first leg of this Champions League match in Monaco.
In the final preseason match, PSV defeated Real Betis 2-1 two weeks ago. Monaco, on the other hand, went four games without a victory, including the aforementioned 1-1 draw in the Champions League against the Dutch team.
In the previous summer exhibitions, Philippe Clement’s team showed too many defensive flaws, allowing two or more goals in each of the games against Inter Milan (a 2-2 draw), Porto (a 1-2 loss), and Southampton (a 1-3 defeat).
PSV Eindhoven vs Monaco – Betting Analysis
Last season, these two teams competed against one another in the same group of the UEFA Europa League, taking first and second place, respectively, ahead of Real Sociedad and Sturm Graz.
Monaco defeated PSVC Eindhoven twice, earning four points while giving up just one goal in the process.
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The tie occurred in four of the nine previous head-to-head matches between these two teams, making it the most frequent result.
Both PSV Eindhoven and Monaco have potent offensive weapons on display in the final third, so we anticipate a goal-filled, open match in the return leg in the Netherlands.
However, both managers must take into account a number of injury worries for the second leg, which is expected to be another tense and tightly contested contest. Both managers could afford to rest key players over the weekend.
As Clement’s team has not shied away from a shot thus far this season, the return of Golovin and Volland with fresh legs in tow may just tip the scales in Monaco’s favour. If they can convert these opportunities at the Phillips Stadion, they should win.
PSV Eindhoven vs Monaco – Head-to-Head
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