Monaco need to get back on track as Beşiktaş visit

Monaco were well beaten on matchday two and need to make up ground quickly in Group G, although section leaders Beşiktaş will pose a stern test as they seek a third straight win.

Monaco coach Leonardo Jardim issues instructions on matchday two
Monaco coach Leonardo Jardim issues instructions on matchday two ©AFP/Getty Images

UEFA Champions League semi-finalists in 2016/17, AS Monaco FC have work to do having collected just one point from their first two Group G outings – five points fewer than their matchday three opponents Beşiktaş JK.

• Leonardo Jardim's team were beaten 3-0 at home by FC Porto last time out, having drawn 1-1 away to debutants RB Leipzig on matchday one. Beşiktaş are three points clear at the top of the table after winning 3-1 at Porto on the opening night and then overcoming Leipzig 2-0 in Istanbul.

• This is a first meeting between these two clubs, but each played opponents from the other's country in 2016/17.

Match background

Monaco
• The French side faced Fenerbahçe SK in last season's third qualifying round, losing 2-1 in Turkey but winning 3-1 at home to start their memorable run to the semi-finals. Radamel Falcao scored in both legs.

• That was a third straight home victory over Turkish visitors for Monaco, who have failed to win only one such game – the first, against Galatasaray AŞ in the 1988/89 European Champion Clubs' Cup quarter-finals (0-1).

• Monaco's overall record against Turkish teams is W4 D1 L3.

• Having been unbeaten in seven European home matches (W6 D1), Monaco have lost the last two. They picked up seven points at home in the 2016/17 group stage.

• Monaco have nevertheless lost only three of their last 15 European home games (W9 D3).

• Monaco are in their eighth group stage campaign. Finalists in 2004, they got to the semis in 1994, 1998 and 2017.

• The principality outfit had another memorable European season in 2016/17, knocking out Manchester City FC and Borussia Dortmund en route to the last four. There they succumbed 4-1 on aggregate to Juventus (0-2 home, 1-2 away).

Beşiktaş
• Beşiktaş's interest in European competition last term was ended when French opponents Olympique Lyonnais – whose team included Rachid Ghezzal, now of Monaco – won their UEFA Europa League quarter-final 7-6 on penalties after a 2-1 first-leg home victory for the French club was replicated by their rivals in the Istanbul return.

• All but one of Beşiktaş's eight matches against Ligue 1 sides have produced a home win. The sole exception was their 2-2 home draw with AJ Auxerre in the 1994/95 UEFA European Cup Winners' Cup second round first leg (2-4 on aggregate).

• The Turkish team have therefore lost on all four visits to France, scoring two goals and conceding eight. They have let in two goals in each of their away games.

• Victory at Porto was Beşiktaş's fourth in their last ten European away matches (D3 L3).

• In 2016/17, Beşiktaş finished third in their group and moved into the UEFA Europa League, where they got as far as the quarter-finals before losing to Lyon.

• The Istanbul club collected four points on their travels in last year's group stage, the highlight a 3-2 triumph at Napoli.

Coach and player links
• Jardim was in charge of SC Braga for their 2011/12 UEFA Europa League round of 32 elimination at the hands of Beşiktaş (0-2 home, 1-0 away).

• Talisca scored the only goal of SL Benfica's UEFA Champions League group stage win against Monaco in 2014/15.

• Álvaro Negredo netted Valencia CF's goal in a 2-1 defeat at Monaco in the 2015/16 play-offs, completing a 4-3 aggregate victory for the Spanish side.

• Arda Turan struck Turkey's last-minute winner past Switzerland goalkeeper Diego Benaglio in the UEFA EURO 2008 group stage.

• Falcao scored away (3-1) and home (1-1) against Beşiktaş in Porto's victorious 2010/11 UEFA Europa League campaign, João Moutinho also playing both group games. Falcao was on target too in Club Atlético de Madrid's 3-0 win at Beşiktaş in the 2011/12 round of 16 second leg, his side again going on to lift the trophy.

• International team-mates:
João Moutinho & Pepe, Ricardo Quaresma (Portugal)
Diego Benaglio & Gökhan Inler (Switzerland)
Danijel Subašić & Matej Mitrović (Croatia)
Terence Kongolo & Jeremain Lens (Netherlands)

• Have played together:
Stevan Jovetić & Gary Medel (Internazionale Milano, 2015/16)
Fabinho & Pepe (Real Madrid CF, 2012/13)
Álvaro Negredo & Rony Lopes (Manchester City FC, 2013/14)

• Has played in France:
Duško Tošić (FC Sochaux-Montbéliard, 2006/07)

Match facts

Monaco
• Djibril Sidibé is a booking away from a ban.

• Monaco lost 3-2 at Lyon on Friday, Nabil Fekir scoring the hosts' winner five minutes into added time.

• Monaco's run of consecutive home Ligue 1 wins – a sequence dating back to December – stopped at 13 when they drew 1-1 against Montpellier Hérault SC on 29 September.

• Falcao has 14 goals in 15 appearances for club and country this season (12 in 8 in the league).

• Falcao has scored two goals or more in a game on four occasions this term, most recently registering twice in the 4-0 success at LOSC Lille on 22 September.

• Jovetić was substituted after 20 minutes of Montenegro's European Qualifier against Denmark on 5 October with a thigh injury.

• Sidibé (France), Thomas Lemar (France), Kamil Glik (Poland) and João Moutinho (Portugal) played during the international break as their teams qualified for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

• Falcao is on the 30-man shortlist for the Ballon d'Or. The winner will be announced in December.

Beşiktaş
• Beşiktaş have picked up just one point from their last three league fixtures, losing their last two away games 2-1.

• Caner Erkin will incur a suspension with his next booking.

• Jeremain Lens scored his first goal for Beşiktaş in the 2-2 draw against Trabzonspor AŞ on 1 October – a result that extended the Black Eagles' unbeaten home league run to 31 matches.

• Recovered from a tibia injury, Gökhan Gönül was introduced at half-time against Trabzonspor for his first competitive appearance since he played for Turkey against Kosovo on 11 June.

• Tošić started Serbia's World Cup qualification-clinching victory over Georgia on 9 October. Pepe played in Portugal's 2-0 success in Andorra and the European champions' decisive home win against Switzerland three days later, Quaresma featuring in the first of those fixtures.

• Cenk Tosun struck twice as Turkey concluded their unsuccessful qualification campaign with a 2-2 draw in Finland.

• Ryan Babel played the entirety of the Netherlands' 3-1 victory against Belarus on 7 October – his first cap since November 2011 – and retained his place for the subsequent visit of Sweden. He was sent off in Friday's 2-1 defeat at Gençlerbirliği.

• Adriano was an unused substitute against Gençlerbirliği having not featured since 18 September due to a calf injury.

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