Charlie Nicholas: Why Tottenham would settle for a draw with Anderlecht
Former Arsenal midfielder Charlie Nicholas says Tottenham Hotspur face a tough assignment at Anderlecht
Charlie Nicholas believes “draw specialists” Tottenham Hotspur would be happy to settle for a point at Anderlecht on Thursday night.
The north London side are in Belgium after a goalless draw with top-six rivals Liverpool at White Hart Lane in the Premier League at the weekend.
I’m going to go for another draw, with Spurs, the draw specialists, to be chuffed to bits with another point
Spurs have remarkably already drawn six of their last 11 games in all competitions this season, including a 1-1 stalemate with Monaco in their last Europa League game.
And former Arsenal midfielder Nicholas reckons Mauricio Pochettino would settle for a point against a potentially dangerous Anderlecht side at Constant Vanden Stock Stadium.
“I would imagine that Spurs will be going to Belgium in the hope that they can get another draw because they obviously feel like a draw is worth a victory to them in the group that they’re in,” Nicholas told Sky Sports.
“I think this is a tough game because Anderlecht are a dangerous side, they attack well, they score goals – yes they’re a bit vulnerable. I’m going to go for another draw, with Spurs, the draw specialists, to be chuffed to bits with another point.”
Spurs are in sixth place in the Premier League table after their 0-0 draw with Liverpool at the weekend.
Spurs warmed up for their clash with Anderlecht with a goalless draw against Liverpool at White Hart Lane in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon.
Anderlecht v Tottenham Hotspur: Match facts
• Anderlecht are without a victory in five European games (D3 L2).
• Spurs have not won in their last three European away fixtures (D1 L2).
• Anderlecht advanced to the round of 32 in all four of their previous UEFA Cup and UEFA Europa League group stage campaigns, most recently in 2011/12.
• In seven previous UEFA Cup and UEFA Europa League campaigns, Tottenham have failed to reach the round of 32 just once – in 2011/12.