Charlie Nicholas reveals his prediction for Qarabag v Tottenham

Charlie Nicholas is predicting a 1-1 draw between Tottenham and Qarabag on Thursday night

Charlie Nicholas is expecting to see Tottenham Hotspur held to a 1-1 draw by Qarabag in Thursday’s Europa League clash.

The north London side take on Qarabag looking to continue their recent good run of form after their 4-1 thrashing of West Ham United in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon.

Qarabag have an excellent record in Azerbaijan this season and they are unbeaten in five European home fixtures this term.

Spurs, however, head into the game knowing that a victories for themselves and Monaco will send both teams through to the last 32 of Europe’s second tier club competition.

Former Arsenal star Nicholas is not convinced that the north London side will be able to claim victory on Thursday night.

Nicholas told Sky Sports: “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. 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.

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“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.”

Tottenham, who are currently fifth in the table, turn their attentions back to the Premier League after Thursday’s clash with a home game against Chelsea on Sunday afternoon.

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