Charlie Nicholas states his prediction Tottenham v APOEL Nicosia
The Arsenal legend is backing Tottenham Hotspur to return to winning ways with victory over APOEL Nicosia on Wednesday night
Charlie Nicholas is tipping Tottenham Hotspur to return to winning ways with a comfortable win against APOEL Nicosia in the Champions League on Wednesday night.
Spurs have endured a tough few weeks since a 2-0 loss to Arsenal in the north London derby at the Emirates Stadium last month to prompt their title challenge to unravel.
Tottenham managed to secure a 2-1 win at Bundesliga giants Borussia Dortmund in Germany but Spurs are winless in their last three Premier League games ahead of the visit of APOEL.
Mauricio Pochettino’s men lost 2-1 to 2015 champions Leicester City at the King Power Stadium sandwiched between 1-1 stalemates with West Brom and Watford.
Tottenham were 3-0 winners in Cyprus earlier in the Champions League group stage following England international Harry Kane’s first hat-trick in Europe’s premier club competition.
Former Arsenal midfielder Nicholas believes Tottenham will secure a 2-0 win against APOEL Nicosia thanks to a goal from former Juventus striker Fernando Llorente.
“Well, I’m going for Spurs to get back on the winning trail,” Nicholas told Sky Sports.
“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.
“There will be a few changes with Fernando Llorente and Moussa Sissoko coming in, but they should still have enough quality to complete a fantastic set of results in the group stages.”
Tottenham finished in second place in the Premier League table last season to secure their place in the Champions League for the 2017-18 campaign.
Spurs are looking to win Europe’s premier club competition for the first time having won the European Cup Winners’ Cup in 1963.