Sky pundit predicts Tottenham v Bayer Leverkusen
By Dominic Toner
Charlie Nicholas believes that Tottenham will draw against Bayer Leverkusen in the Champions League on Wednesday.
Spurs face a home match against the German opposition in the group stages and drew 0-0 in the reverse fixture.
The north London are currently involved in a fascinating group alongside Monaco, Leverkusen and CSKA Moscow, with the four teams separated by just three points.
They are currently second and still have two of their three games left to play at home against Leverkusen and CSKA, with Spurs using the national stadium Wembley this season.
Sky Sports pundit Nicholas feels that Spurs will only draw the match and believes they are currently in poor form.
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“Well what’s going on with Tottenham?” Nicholas told Sky Sports. “You could dismiss the Harry Kane theory because Vincent Janssen has scored a few goals but, while scoring from the spot still deserves credit, he doesn’t get in the same areas as Kane.
“When’s the last time you saw these diagonal balls for Dele Alli to run on to round the back of Janssen? It seems to be affecting the way Spurs are playing, while Toby Alderweireld’s contribution at the back has also been important.”
Nicholas has predicted a 1-1 draw and feels that Harry Kane, who has returned to training from injury, may be needed off the bench for the European encounter.
Janssen, 22, has been relied upon to lead the attack in recent matches and is yet to score from open play for the club.
He also feels that the absence of regular centre-back Toby Alderweireld through injury may have halted their momentum in recent games.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side have not won in their last five games across all competitions and will be under pressure for a win on Wednesday.
Spurs face a huge league match against rivals Arsenal on Sunday, but will be in a precarious position in Europe if they lose to Leverkusen.
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