Charlie Nicholas predicts Bayer Leverkusen versus Tottenham result and first goalscorer

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino

Charlie Nicholas is backing Christian Eriksen to score in a 1-1 draw for Tottenham against Bayer Leverkusen.

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Pundit Charlie Nicholas has told Sky Sports that he thinks Tottenham Hotspur will draw 1-1 against Bayer Leverkusen his evening.

After drawing 1-1 with West Brom on Saturday, Spurs turn their attention to the Champions League this evening as they face a tricky trip to Germany.

Tottenham manager Mauricio PochettinoTottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino

Spurs' European campaign so far has seen them lose 2-1 to Monaco at Wembley, before they travelled to Russia last time out and beat CSKA Moscow 1-0.

Tottenham subsequently sit second in Group E with three points from two games, and a win over Bayer Leverkusen this evening would put them in the driving seat for a place in the last 16.

Mauricio Pochettino's men won't have it easy against a team with talented players like Hakan Calhanoglu and Javier Hernandez, but Tottenham will also be encouraged by Bayer's results this season.

Tottenham's Son Heung-min, Eric Dier and Christian Eriksen during trainingTottenham's Son Heung-min, Eric Dier and Christian Eriksen during training

Currently lying in tenth place in the Bundesliga table, Leverkusen have lost three of their seven league games, whilst they have drawn twice in the Champions League despite having led in both games.

Ahead of the game, pundit Charlie Nicholas has offered his prediction to Sky Sports, with the former Arsenal striker forecasting a 1-1 draw between the two teams in Germany this evening, with Christian Erksen bagging Tottenham's goal.

Tottenham's Christian Eriksen reactsTottenham's Christian Eriksen reacts

“When the draw came out I fancied Spurs and Leverkusen to get through and now it looks like one from the two plus Monaco, who could pull clear at the top if they win both of their games against CSKA,” said Nicholas. “Maurcio Pochettino must be sweating on Toby Alderweireld. I know Kevin Wimmer did quite well when he came in for Jan Vertonghen last season, but for me, Alderweireld is the more commanding of the two centre-backs.”

“With Harry Kane only just back in training you wonder whether Spurs might have a bit of a mental block. Sometimes when you're missing a couple of key players you don't feel like quite the same team. They might have to sit in, absorb pressure and play on the counter-attack but they can do that, with the ever-impressive Hugo Lloris in goal and Heung-Min Son leading their breaks against his former club,” he added.

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