Champions League: Free-scoring Monaco can make it difficult for Man City tonight

Pep Guardiola’s dream of lifting the Champions League in his first season as Manchester City boss kicks into gear tonight as he hosts Monaco in the knock-out round of 16.

The two time winning coach would love to guide City to their first trophy, and he’ll have been forgiven a smile when Monaco were pulled out to face his side ahead of some more illustrious clubs.

However, Monaco are certainly no pushovers.

The free-scoring side are top of Ligue 1 in France — and have the most goals in Europe this year, with 108 so far this term.

Radamel Falcao has rediscovered the form that made him one of the world’s most feared strikers, and after flopping on loan at Man United and Chelsea, would dearly love to score tonight on his return to England.

Given Man City’s defensive weakness, they’ll be hoping to trouble a side who are very short odds with the bookies.

City are comfortable favourites — perhaps with November’s 3–1 dismantling of Barcelona in mind.

Before Saturday’s 0–0 draw with Huddersfield in the FA Cup they’d won their last four at a canter, with Guardiola’s methods finally appearing to be paying dividends.

City are 1.59 to win with — but I think that’s too short.

Instead, I recommend the 4.25 for a draw.

Neither team will want to lose a crucial first leg, and I certainly think Monaco have the firepower to score at least once.

It certainly could be worth a punt for anyone hoping to #betbigwinbig on tonight’s game.