It’s the penultimate round of Champions League fixtures this week, and we can expect many of the places in the last 16 of the competition to be signed, sealed and delivered by the end of Wednesday’s action.
From a British perspective, Celtic are pretty much out already and are struggling to qualify even for the Europa League by default, while Arsenal, Manchester City and Leicester will surely all progress as one of the top two teams in their respective groups.
For Spurs, however, things are looking rather less rosy. On a poor run of form and needing points desperately in their pursuit of a place in the knockout round, they travel to table-toppers Monaco on Tuesday night knowing that anything other than three points just won’t do.
So can the Lilywhites get the job done in France?
Monaco vs Tottenham Betting Tips
Two points behind Bayer Leverkusen and four back from their hosts, Tottenham have a lot of work to do if they are to secure a top two berth and stave off the indignity of an early exit from the Champions League.
Their task is made more difficult in that Leverkusen travel to Group E’s fourth team, CSKA Moscow, on Tuesday. The Russian outfit have conceded in each of their last 30 matches in this competition, and not won in eight on home soil. It is likely that the Germans will claim three points as a result.
That would take them five clear of Spurs, and so obviously the need to trouser maximum points in Monaco is of huge importance. The problem – possibly temporarily – is that Mauricio Pochettino’s side have forgotten how to win football matches. Yes, they are unbeaten in 12 Premier League outings, but they’ve only won one of their last five. Combined, they’ve triumphed in just two of their last ten.
Where has it all gone wrong then? Well, one goal scored in their last three Champions League matches speaks for itself, and if you ever wondered about the importance of Harry Kane – who missed that trio – to Spurs then that stat should put your mind at ease. They are still solid enough defensively with just four goals conceded in six games domestically and one in three in continental competition, but they will need to rediscover their magic touch in front of goal if they are to prosper.
Saturday’s 3-2 win over West Ham should offer plenty of confidence, even though they needed two goals in the last two minutes to ensure they did not suffer their first defeat of the Premier League campaign. Often, backs-to-the-wall jobs like that they performed on the Hammers have a galvanising effect.
But this is a very dangerous Monaco side. They have won four of their last six Ligue 1 matches, with scorelines reading 7-0, 6-2, 6-0 and 3-0. That should help to emphasise the size of the task. They have yet to taste defeat in the Champions League either, with a resounding 3-0 win over CSKA last time out all but confirming their place in the last 16. They will be keen to cement that on Tuesday night.
So, apologies Spurs fans, the 5/6 available on Monaco Draw No Bet looks outstanding value for this match. But it’s not all bad news: you can console yourselves with backing your side to finish third in Group G at a generous 8/11.