By Amir Mir
Charlie Nicholas has predicted Tottenham will draw their crucial Champions League encounter at Monaco on Tuesday night.
Former Arsenal striker Nicholas believes the scoreline will be 1-1 as Spurs could be knocked out of the competition if they fail to beat the Ligue 1 side.
They currently sit in third place in Group E on four points from four games, two behind Bayer Leverkusen in second.
If Leverkusen beat CSKA Moscow away from home and Spurs fail to pick up three points then they will be knocked out of the competition.
Sky Sports pundit Nicholas offered his thoughts on the game as he backed Christian Eriksen to score first for the away side.
“It is obviously a huge game for Spurs,” Nicholas wrote in his Sky Sports column. “Monaco have picked up their form again, with three pretty emphatic wins on the bounce, so it’s not an ideal situation for Mauricio Pochettino.
“I always think it suits the team that doesn’t have to force it and they can sit and wait and hit Spurs on the counter-attack. I don’t see them being particularly offensive.
“Have Spurs got enough about them? Harry Kane hasn’t really played well yet but he’s scored goals when Spurs needed them.
“I see them struggling here because of the situation they’ve created. I expect it will be a draw and Spurs will be hoping for a result in the other game.”
The positive for Mauricio Pochettino’s men is that they have picked up all their points away from home, but they were beaten 2-1 by Leonardo Jardim’s team in the reverse fixture at Wembley.
Striker Harry Kane, who has played only one European game this season due to injury, has made a goalscoring return to action.
He has scored three goals in his last two games against London rivals Arsenal and West Ham, including a brace in the dying minutes to secure a dramatic 3-2 win against the Hammers at the weekend.
The north London club have suffered two defeats on the Champions League stage despite remaining the only unbeaten team in England’s top four divisions this term.
In other Tottenham team news, this Spurs 24-year-old should be dropped for the Monaco clash due to his mediocre start to the season.