Charlie Nicholas predicts Tottenham v Monaco, explains the risk facing Pochettino

Charlie Nicholas believes Spurs will lose 2-1 to Monaco this evening.

Pundit Charlie Nicholas has told Sky Sports that he believed Monaco will beat Tottenham 2-1 in the Europa League this evening.

Spurs have enjoyed a decent run of results, with the 4-1 win over Manchester City on Saturday giving hope to fans that a successful season is on the horizon under Mauricio Pochettino.

Whilst they all want a strong campaign in the league, tonight Spurs turn their attention to the Europa League, with a potentially tricky trip to Monaco this evening.

The Ligue 1 side lost the likes of Aymen Abdennour, Layvin Kurzawa, Geoffrey Kondogbia, Yannick Ferreira Carrasco and Anthony Martial over the summer, but the arrivals of Fabio Coentrao, Stephen El Shaarawy and Thomas Lemar have boosted the squad.

Leonardo Jardim's side knocked Arsenal out of the Champions League last season, and now they are hoping to haunt another North London club this evening - and Sky Sports pundit Nicholas believes they will complete a double.

Nicholas has told Sky Sports that, with Pochettino likely to rest players ahead of this weekend's Premier League clash against Swansea City, Spurs could end up losing the game, with a huge risk facing the Tottenham manager over his team selection this evening.

"This should be an entertaining one," said Nicholas. "As we saw when they put my lot Arsenal out, they were defensively solid but their recent scorelines suggest that they have been anything but that of late."

"I think they will beat Spurs because, as much as they've picked up in the league, the manager can't take a risk in playing his best side and he'd rather have them fresh for the weekend. I think he'll make changes and I think Monaco will probably edge this one," he added.

The likes of Clinton N'Jie, Kevin Wimmer, Danny Rose and Andros Townsend will all be hoping for starting roles having missed out against Manchester City, and whilst a weakened side will make life tougher for Spurs, Pochettino will be confident that he has the squad available to get a result.

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