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    Monaco V Tottenham Match Preview - Must win game for Spurs as Champions League hopes hang in the balance

                                                   Spurs won't want a repeat of Wembley's defeat in September

    Tottenham's champions league hopes are in the balance on Tuesday night with the possibility that elimination could be confirmed if they fail to win at Group E leaders Monaco and Bayer Leverkuson beat CSKA Moscow.

    While Monaco can confirm there progress into the champions league last 16 if they can replicate there victory over Spurs back in September, Spurs are in there last chance after there defeat to Bayer Leverkuson in there last game.

    A lot has been made of Tottenham's home troubles at Wembley with both games ending in defeat to Leverkusen and tomorrow's opponents Monaco but they will take heart in there away form with all their four points coming on their travels, which may be a sign that Spurs feel more comfortable playing away from Wembely and they will be full of confidence after Saturday's dramatic 3-2 victory over West Ham.

    Monaco also go into this fixture full of confidence and so they should, not only are they sitting pretty on top of Group E with 8 points but they are unbeaten at home in all competitions.Monaco are also coming off a very good win on Friday night winning 3-0 away at Lorient which carries on a staggering goal scoring sequence of 19 goals in there last 5 games.

                                                           Falcao has 6 goals in his last 5 games in all competitions

    Tactical Analysis


    Monaco have a number of different tactics they have used this season. In there last two domestic games in Ligue 1 against Nancy and Lorient they have used a conventional 4-4-2 with great success after 6-0 and 3-0 victories.In the champions league though they have used 4-3-3 especially in there away games which has been used to counter attack teams and this had success in September against Spurs when they broke at ease and caused all sorts of trouble.


    The last few games have seen a tactical tweek from Mauricio Pochettino from his tried and tested 4-2-3-1 which over the last 18 months has proved very successful to a 3-5-2. Part of this switch has been to solidify the defence in the absence of Toby Alderweireld who has been missed especially in the Champions League. This tactical change has also freed Danny Rose and Kyle Walker into wing backs letting them really concentrate on attacking the wide areas knowing that there is always someone filling in for them either from midfield or one of the three centre backs. 

                                           Harry Kane will be hoping he can carry on his goal scoring form

    Team News


    The big news for Monaco is that Portuguese International midfielder Joao Moutinho has returned to the first team squad after missing the last 5 games through injury which will be huge boost to there midfield. Nabil Dirar also misses this game due to family reasons.

                                                         Moutinho is back from injury in time for crunch clash


    Spurs have some issues with their team selection with Toby Alderweireld, Erik Lamela and Ben Davies not travelling with the squad due to injury whilst Harry Kane, Moussa Dembele and Dele Alli have only just come back from injury and Mauricio Pochettino has mentioned that some players may need a rest before Saturdays London Derby against Chelsea.

                                                       Erik Lamela will be missing the game at Stade Louis II

    Key Man to Watch

    Bernardo Silva

    The young Portuguese playmaker is the creative spark in this youthful Monaco side. Silva normally operates from the right side of midfield or of a front three but hes given the freedom to roam around the pitch picking up the ball in dangerous areas and has an eye for a goal as Spurs know after his goal scoring heroics in Monaco's 2-1 win over Tottenham in September.

    Harry Kane
    Harry Kane maybe an obvious choice but his return from injury has come at a vital time when Spurs were struggling to finish off games and his return has proved this with 3 goals in 2 games including 2 goals at the weekend to win the game against West Ham. As chances maybe limited against a resolute Monaco defence, someone of Kane's calibre could be the match decider.

    Kick off :7:45 (UK)
    Venue : Stade Louis II, Monaco
    You can watch the game live through our exclusive live streaming Facebook group here. Add your friends so they can watch too!

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