Charlie Nicholas predicts Qarabag v Tottenham, explains major problem facing Pochettino

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Charlie Nicholas believes Tottenham will draw 1-1 against Qarabag tonight.

Pundit Charlie Nicholas has told Sky Sports that he doesn't think Tottenham will beat Azerbaijani side Qarabag in the Champions League this evening, tipping them to get a draw.

There aren't many more exciting teams than Tottenham in the Premier League right now, with Mauricio Pochettino's men currently 12 games unbeaten in the league.

Sunday's 4-1 win over London rivals West Ham United sent fans home happy, but the players are now in Azerbaijan as they face a tough trip to take on Qarabag in the Europa League.

It's a long, arduous journey for the game, and whilst Tottenham sit top of Group J with two wins, a draw and a defeat to their name so far, Spurs need a positive result as they bit to make the knockout stages of the competition.

Yet with Sunday's crucial game against Chelsea - another London derby - right around the corner, Pochettino must be tempted to rest some of his key players for the game against Qarabag this evening.

That factor is weighing heavily on the mind of pundit Charlie Nicholas, who has told Sky Sports that Pochettino simply can't keep using his big players for every single game, and the potential burnout of the squad is a major issue for the Tottenham boss.

Because of that, Nicholas is predicting a 1-1 draw for Spurs away at Qarabag, stating that the travel will be a problem for Tottenham in this particular game.

"As clever as Mauricio Pochettino has been with getting the best out of his squad, can he really afford to use his big guns again? Every time I expect him to rest players he doesn't," said Nicholas. "Spurs are playing as well as anybody in the Premier League right now but they have to be careful."

"Their cover in defence and up front is very limited and he will surely rotate this time with Chelsea awaiting on Sunday. They were very fortunate against Anderlecht, it's a very awkward place to go and the travelling does take its toll, so I'm expecting them to have to settle for a draw," he added.

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