Spurs v Monaco - Wednesday 19:45, BT Sport 3
Spurs begin their Champions League campaign by hosting Monaco at Wembley after these sides were drawn alongside each other in Group J of the Europa League last term, with Spurs winning 4-1 at White Hart Lane after a 1-1 draw in France. After a slow start to the season during which they’ve struggled in Moussa Dembele’s absence, Spurs were emphatic 4-0 winners at Stoke on Saturday, whilst Monaco have also had a strong start domestically as they’ve won their last three, including a 3-1 win over PSG.
‘Defensive’ midfielder Fabinho, who was linked with Man United over the summer, has been a standout performer as he’s netted in his last five games in all competitions and after signing a new contract last week, he’s massively overpriced at 13.0 to score anytime, particularly as he’s also on penalty duties.
Spurs were last in the Champions League back in 2010/11 when they made it to the quarter-finals before they were dumped out by Real Madrid. They’ve been solid at home in the Europa League under Pochettino, winning seven of their 10 games, but they only managed three clean sheets and as a result seven of these matches saw more than two goals as they haven’t been shy of goals themselves, scoring in all 10 and averaging 2.4 goals per game.
While Monaco were excellent on their travels in their 2014/15 Champions League campaign, memorably winning 3-1 at the Emirates, they struggled somewhat on the road last term in the Europa League as they picked up just two points from three games and trailed at the break in each. However they’ve started the season strongly and we’re expecting another bold showing from them in North London, crucially at Wembley and not White Hart Lane.
The atmosphere is unlikely to be anywhere near as hostile as it would have been had this game been played at Spurs’ usual home and the venue doesn’t appear to have been factored into the prices here, with Spurs very short at 1.7, so we’re going to back Monaco or Draw Double Chance.