The UEFA Champions League returns today, and teams from Group E are among the sides involved in Tuesday’s action.
AS Monaco (3 points) host Bayer Leverkusen (1 point) in a match where wining may mean topping the group table a third of the way through the opening stage of the competition.
Bayer Leverkusen head to the Stade Louis II with some momentum following a 3-2 comeback victory over Mainz, thanks to a Chicharito hat-trick.
Bayer 04 manager Roger Schmidt talked about the significance of his star striker in Monday’s pre-match press conference.
“Javier Hernandez is a very important player for us because he scores goals,” Schmidt said.
Julian Brandt and Kevin Volland are two other Werkself attackers to watch. Hakan Çalhanoglu is returning from injury, but should be available for selection.
Monaco notched their fifth win in Ligue 1 play, and remain unbeaten at home through four (W3D1). The 2-1 victory over Angers featured a goal from new signing Kamil Glik. It was the second of the season for the Polish central defender.
Bernardo Silva, 22, and Thomas Lemar, 20, are two exciting prospects at Monaco. They will provide the attack, looking to supply Falcao with the service he requires.
How to watch:
The match kicks off at 18:45 CET (2:45 US East), and will be shown on Sky Sport 1/HD (Germany) and streamed on Sky Go Deutschland and BT Sport Extra (UK). Viewers in the USA can watch on ESPN2/Deportes and stream on WatchESPN and Fox Soccer 2 Go.
AS Monaco FC (4-4-2):
Danijel Subašić; Almamy Touré, Kamil Glik, Jemerson, Benjamin Mendy; Bernardo Silva, João Moutinho, Fabinho, Thomas Lemar; Falcao, Valère Germain.
Bayer 04 Leverkusen (4-2-3-1):
Bernd Leno; Benjamin Henrichs, Jonathan Tah, Ömer Toprak, Wendell; Charles Aránguiz, Julian Baumgartlinger; Julian Brandt, Kevin Kampl, Kevin Volland; Chicharito.