French side Monaco will be looking to keep their Champions League unbeaten record intact as they prepare to play host to Tottenham who are sitting outside the top two and are fearing for their knockouts qualification.
Monaco back to their best
They have become synonymous with big-money spending over the last couple of years, but French side Monaco have seemingly changed their modus operandi and the surprising turn in transfer dealing is so far yielding great results. Packed with highly-talented young players and a couple of more experienced names, the Principality club are enjoying quite a successful season both domestically and internationally. Having qualifier for Europe’s elite club competition through the 3-1 aggregate playoff win over La Liga side Villarreal, Monaco have gone on to record two wins and as many draws so far which was well enough to claim the top spot in group E. With 8 points to their name, Monaco are one foot in the elimination stage, but it will not stop them from doing their best to dispatch the Premier League side on Tuesday night. Colombia striker Radamel Falcao will be a man to watch once again as former Chelsea and Manchester United striker continued to enjoy in a revitalised spell of form which saw him score 9 goals this season, four of which came in the UEFA Champions League.
Leonardo Jardim will have no selection issues to worry about since all of the injured players are coming back to their full fitness. Joao Moutinho is back in the squad, while Almamy Toure and Nabil Dirar were also able to shake off their knock and get back in contention.
Are Tottenham losing pace?
Mauricio Pochettino’s men have been filling the headlines for quite some time with their impressive showings and great patches of form which saw them running for the Premier League title last season. Still, despite making quite a solid start to the new campaign, the Spurs appear to be slowly slowing down. Only one win in their last eight matches across competitions is a good indicator of their poor form and Monaco trip could be the perfect opportunity for the White Hart Lane outfit to get back to their best. Sitting third in the group and four points behind their Tuesday rivals, Spurs will need to beat Monaco in order to stay in contention for the elimination stage. Pochettino’s men have received a slight boost that could come as a timely push, knowing that their seven-match winless run came to a halt at the weekend thanks to a 3-2 win over West Ham. Harry Kane’s late brace earned Totenham a much-desired win and fans will be happy to see their star striker back in form just in time as well.
Defender Toby Alderweireld has been sorely missed and his absence due to a knee injury could prove to be a big problem for the visiting side. Erik Lamela is another one of the unavailable players as he is still nurturing his hip problem. On the good side, Dele Alli has returned to action this weekend and is expected to be given a more prominent role this time out.
French side Monaco are in great form and seeing them go from strength to strength needs to be a huge warning sign for the Premier League club Tottenham. Buyed by their great string of results and by the home crowd, Monaco are standing as firm favourites to record a win agaist indisposed Englishmen.
Verdict: Monaco 2.60 (8/5) @Bet365
Alternative pick 1: Both teams to score – yes 1.82 (9/11) @Unibet
Alternative pick 2: Over 2.5 goals 2.10 (11/10) @PaddyPower