UEFA Europa League 
February 23, 2023, 11:45 pm
AS Monaco
Bayer Leverkusen

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AS Monaco vs Bayer Leverkusen Kick Off Time

Event details:
NAME: AS Monaco – Bayer 04 Leverkusen
DATE: 23 Feb 2023
TIME: 17:45 UTC
VENUE: Stade Louis II, Fontvieille, Monaco

A spot in the last 16 of the Europa League will be on the line Thursday when Monaco host Bayer Leverkusen at Stade Louis II.

In the opening leg last Thursday, Les Monegasques stormed back with two goals in the final 16 minutes plus stoppage time to win 3-2, so a victory or draw in this match will be enough to put them through to the next stage of this competition.

As a result, Philippe Clement’s men have the upper hand heading to the Principality, and they will fancy their chances of advancing, seeing as Monaco are unbeaten in their last 13 UEFA Cup/Europa League fixtures played on home soil.



While many of their matches domestically and in Europe this season have been unpredictable, it is a pretty safe bet that this group will find the back of the net, having done so in 33 consecutive Ligue 1 affairs, though they failed to score twice in the group stage of this competition.

Since dropping a 1-0 decision to Ferencvaros on matchday two, they have looked unstoppable at home in the attacking third, outscoring their last two Europa League opponents at Stade Louis II by a margin of 7-2, while netting a combined 13 times in their previous three domestic affairs in the Principality.



Their last defeat at home in the knockout stage of this competition came against a German opponent when they lost 1-0 to Borussia Monchengladbach during the 1996-97 UEFA Cup, though they still advanced from that tie, 4-3 on aggregate.

Leverkusen missed a golden opportunity to take the opening leg of this tie, reacting well in the second half with two goals in the opening 15 minutes, but they ultimately left too many gaps at the back through the latter stages.

Throughout the 2022-23 campaign, we have seen them suffer some disastrous mishaps which have come back to bite them, and the complacency of Die Werkself last Thursday proved costly.



History suggests that their odds of reversing this one-goal deficit are long, as Leverkusen have been eliminated from all 11 two-legged knockout ties (excluding qualifiers) when losing the opening fixture at home.

Even though a one-goal victory would keep them alive in this tie, Xabi Alonso might not feel good about his side’s chances in a shootout, with Leverkusen missing six of their last eight penalties in the Bundesliga, including this past weekend when they were beaten 3-2 by Mainz.


Monaco vs Leverkusen Playing XI


Monaco possible starting lineup:
Nubel; Matsima, Disasi, Sarr, Henrique; Diatta, Fofana, Camara, Golovin; Ben Seghir, Ben Yedder

Bayer Leverkusen possible starting lineup:
Hradecky; Frimpong, Tapsoda, Tah, Bakker; Andrich, Palacios; Adli, Wirtz, Amiri; Schick

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