Tottenham Hotspur travel to Monaco on Tuesday night knowing that their hopes for making the Champions League knockout stages are very much in their own hands. A win is essential for the Lilywhites in France if they are to remain with a chance of making it through to the next stage of the Champions League despite an underwhelming run of results so far in Europe.
Tale of The Tape:
Spurs picked up their first win in almost two months on Saturday evening in a dramatic London derby with West Ham United. Two late goals from Harry Kane saw Tottenham snatch a win from the jaws of defeat as they overturned a 2-1 to win the game 3-2. That win was really important heading into this crucial week for Spurs with games against Monaco and another London derby, this time with Chelsea, on the horizon for Pochettino’s side.
Monaco on the other hand enjoyed a comfortable 3-0 win away from home against Lorient in Ligue 1. Radamel Falcao seems to be regaining the form that has seen him be amongst one of the most feared strikers in the world a few seasons ago. Monaco are flying in the French league – above current champions Paris Saint Germain and two points separate themselves and leaders Nice at the top of the table.
Tottenham Hotspur have no fresh injury concerns ahead of this crucial game. Alderweireld, Lamela and Davies remain sidelined. Pochettino admitted in the pre-match press conference that a few players will need to be assessed before the game in fear of a burnout – especially with Spurs having to travel to Stamford Bridge only four days later.
The big news for Monaco fans is that Joao Moutinho will return to their matchday squad after returning to first team training in recent days. It is unclear if he will be chucked straight back into a team that is performing well at the moment in the league and in Europe, but it was confirmed by the manager that Moutinho will be in the squad for Tuesday night’s game. Other than that, Monaco have no new injury concerns.
Predicted AS Monaco XI:
Subasic, Jamerson, Mendy, Sidibe, Glik, Fabinho, Lemar, Silva, Traore, Germain, Falcao
Predicted Tottenham Hotspur XI:
Lloris, Walker, Dier, Vertonghen, Rose, Wanyama, Dembele, Eriksen, Alli, Son, Kane
Prediction: AS Monaco 1-2 Tottenham Hotspur