Here is the most anticipated Spurs game for a very long time, the return of the UEFA Champions League for Tottenham Hotspur. In front of a capacity crowd at Wembley Stadium, The Lilywhites take on French 3rd placers Monaco. In what is sure to be an atmospheric night at the National Stadium, Spurs will look to get off to a flyer in their first Champions League campaign for five years.
Tale of The Tape:
Spurs have begun the season well, remaining unbeaten, taking eight points from the available twelve. A convincing and authoritative performance against Stoke on Saturday will give Spurs lots of confidence as they enter this game.
Monaco sit 1st in Ligue 1 and will be buoyant after a strong 4-1 victory away from home against Lille at the weekend. They must by no means be underestimated and they have a lot of capable individual players able to cause a serious offensive threat and will feel able to beat Tottenham after their convincing 3-1 aggregate victory over Villareal in the Qualification Round.
Tottenham took on a misfiring Monaco side last year in the Europa League Group Stages. A 1-1 draw away from home in which Spurs were the dominant force was followed up by a 4-1 victory for the Spurs at The Lane in which Erik Lamela scored a hat-trick and Tom Carroll (Yes, Tom Carroll) scored his first goal for the club.
Hugo Lloris will be eligible for Spurs as will Mousa Dembélé (YES!). Danny Rose is a doubt for the game following his slight hamstring issue whilst on international duty.
Daniel Subasic and Benjamin Mendy are doubts for the match due to thigh injuries. Thomas Lemar has returned to training but it is unclear whether or not he will feature. Radamel Falcao is likely to have to settle for a place on the bench, with Valere Germain set to lead the line for Monaco.
Predicted Tottenham Hotspur XI:
Lloris Walker, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Davies Dier, Dembele; Son, Dele, Eriksen Kane
Predicted AS Monaco XI:
Subasic, Raggi, Glik, Jemerson, Mendy, Traore, Bakayogo, Fabinho, Silva, Moutinho; Germain
Prediction: Tottenham Hotspur 3-1 AS Monaco