Monaco who was a semi-finalist last season in Champions League finds itself on the verge of facing an early elimination as the French club remains rock bottom of Group G after two matches. Leonardo Jardim's side drew in the first Champions League assignment against RassenBallspot Leipzig before losing 3-0 at home against Porto.

Besiktas has begun this season's Champions League campaign at a high spirit with 100 percent success after beating Porto 1-3 in Portugal before defeating RassenBallsport 2-0 to top the group. The Turkish Super Lig Champions looks for an opportunity of hitting the host to stand a chance of reaching the knock-out stages.

The hosts head into the fixture after a backdrop of a 3-2 defeat at the hands of Lyons while the visitors also lost 2-1 at Genclerbirligi in the Super Lig assignment. Observers are watching the side that will bounce back from the weekend defeat to record a midweek victory in the continental competition.

Talking Point

It baffles many soccer fans how a team that was challenging for Champions League last season is struggling to secure a knockout spot. However, soccer pundits argue that the mass exodus of players from Monaco in the summer could be the reason why Monaco's form has gone down in Europe. Seven high profile players including Tiemeou Bakayoko, Benjamin Mendy, Bernardo Silva, Nabil Dirar and Kyllian Mbappe left the club for other top European sides thus leaving a big void at the French champions.

Both clubs haven't managed to take the elite European title, but Monaco was on the brink of securing it when they lost to Porto in the finals of season 2004/05. On the other hand, Besiktas hasn't had a good record in the competition as the 1986/87 quarter-final finish remains its most significant achievement in Europe.

Team News

Former Manchester City striker Stevan Jovetic is ruled out for the fixture while both Radamel Falcao and Jorge were not fit enough to feature in the weekend defeat in Lyon are back for selection for the hosts. Apart from Jovetic, Leonardo Jardim has all the rest of his players to choose from for the tie against Besiktas.

The visitors will miss Gokhan Tore and Atnic Nukan who are both nursing injuries while Adriano remains doubtful to feature in the Tuesday's night Match. Turkey manager Senol Gunes will most likely play Cenk Tosun as a lone-striker while Ryan Babel who got a straight red-card in the 2-1 defeat at the weekend will start in the midfield alongside Atiba Hutchinson.


The hosts are under pressure to win against the Black Eagles of Turkey to avoid an early exit from the elite continental competition. The return of Falcao and Jorge back to the fold is a big boost to Jardim's team since the duo has the experience to handle prominent opponents like Besiktas.

The visitors will not be a walk in the park given that they have very experienced players like Riccardo Quaresma, Pepe, and Ryan Babel.

Monaco has a slight edge over the Turkish outfits given that they are playing at home with nearly a full house back into the fold. The game is likely to yield more than four goals with Falcao, Tosun, Balde Keita and Quaresma getting on the scoresheet.

Full-time score prediction: Monaco 4-2 Besiktas