Charlie Nicholas predicts Tottenham Hotspur match

Tottenham Hotspur's Christian Eriksen (L) and manager Mauricio Pochettino (R) attend a press conference prior to a football training session at AAMI Park in Melbourne on July 28, 2016.

Tottenham Hotspur's Christian Eriksen is struggling for form.

The dejected Toby Alderweireld and Christian Eriksen of Tottenham Hotspur walk off the pitch following their team's 1-0 defeat during the Premier League match between West Ham United and...

Charlie Nicholas has told Sky Sports that he reckons Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino will rest Christian Eriksen in tonight's visit of APOEL Nicosia.

There is little pressure on Tottenham to beat the Cypriot champions after Pochettino's side already topped Group H in the Champions League ahead of Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund.

Consequently, the Argentine manager is expected to name a much-changed first XI from the side that drew 1-1 at Watford on Saturday and several big-name Spurs men should drop to the bench.

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Eriksen is one of a host of Pochettino's players to come in for criticism in recent weeks, with the Danish playmaker not looking himself since inspiring his country to a World Cup playoff win over the Republic of Ireland last month.

And Nicholas believes that his heroics on international duty have taken their toll on the former Ajax man, suggesting that Pochettino is growing frustrated with his recent performances.

Tottenham Hotspur's Danish midfielder Christian Eriksen (R) controls the ball next to Real Madrid's Moroccan defender Achraf Hakimi during the UEFA Champions League group H football match...

He told Sky Sports: "Well, I'm going for Spurs to get back on the winning trail. APOEL were awkward at home before Spurs put their foot on the gas impressively.

"I suspect Mauricio Pochettino is getting a bit frustrated with a few players and I think Christian Eriksen will be rested. I think the double-header with the Republic of Ireland took a lot out of Eriksen, physically and mentally, so he could do with a checkout."

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