Sky Sports pundit states his prediction for Olympiacos v Tottenham

Charlie Nicholas is backing Tottenham to play out a 1-1 draw with Olympiacos on Wednesday night

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff
Mauricio Pochettino
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Charlie Nicholas is tipping Tottenham Hotspur to secure a valuable point at Olympiacos in their group-stage opener on Wednesday night.

Spurs will get their fourth successive Champions League campaign under way with a potentially tricky trip to Greece this week.

Tottenham haven’t kicked a ball in the Champions League since their disappointing 2-0 loss to Liverpool FC in the final in Madrid back in June.

Spurs managed to reach their first Champions League final thanks to victories over Borussia Dortmund, Manchester City and Ajax in the knockout rounds.

Mauricio Pochettino will be eager to see Tottenham make a stronger start to the group stage this season after Spurs managed to earn a point from their opening three fixtures last term.

Former Arsenal midfielder Nicholas is backing Tottenham to secure a point in a 1-1 draw with Olympiacos in the group-stage opener on Wednesday night.

“This is an awkward one,” Nicholas told Sky Sports.

“Tottenham were very impressive in the first half against Crystal Palace, which allowed them to ease down to second gear in the second half. They kept hold of Christian Eriksen and so things have calmed down a bit. He started against Palace, so is that why it has calmed down?

“Mauricio Pochettino has changed his team too much and that is why they look vulnerable at the back.

“I would imagine Tottenham would try to control possession, but this is an awkward trip and these are dangerous teams to travel to. Tottenham are still unpredictable.”

Tottenham had a mixed record in last season’s Champions League competition following six wins, two draws and five defeats.

The north London outfit lost three of their last four matches, including a 2-0 defeat by Liverpool FC in the final.

Spurs warmed up for their trip to Greece with a resounding 4-0 victory over Crystal Palace at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Saturday.

Tottenham are in third place in the Premier League table.

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