Tottenham v APOEL Nicosia Champions League Preview 06/12/2017
Tottenham have already qualified as Group winners in the Champions League when they face APOEL Nicosia on Wednesday night.
That is a fine achievement with Real Madrid among their opponents. However, they have not managed to maintain their form in the EPL. Their recent domestic form has been moderate, seeing them slip to seventh place in the table.
They have two games where they certainly cannot afford to drop points coming up. They face struggling Stoke City and Brighton in the next week and will be resting players. Coach Mauricio Pochettino has already started that Harry Kane, Christian Eriksen, Eric Dier, Kieran Trippier and Hugo Lloris will all be rested at Wembley. The notable exception is Dele Alli who has been struggling to recapture his best form. He will use this match as an opportunity to boost his confidence after a poor run of form.
Alli scored twice in the 3-1 win over Real Madrid but has looked a pale shadow of his former self in recent EPL matches. He is likely to be joined by Fernando Llorente who has hardly been sighted since his transfer from Swansea in January. Llorente was supposedly a target for Champions Chelsea before Spurs snapped him up as back-up for Kane. He has always been at his best when used as a target man for sides playing the long ball. That is not Tottenham’s style and it will be interesting to see how he adapts. Also thought likely to start are Georges-Kevin Nkoudou and Juan Fouth.
The visitors do have plenty to play for as they battle with Borussia Dortmund for third place and a spot in the Europa League.
Dortmund are away to Real Madrid and a draw at Wembley could be enough to clinch third place. They held the Germans at home and away and enjoyed a good run in the Europa League last season. They are in good form having won their last five in their domestic league, scoring 19 times. That form is a long way short of Champions League standard but they should not be under-estimated by Spurs.
They were no match for a full-strength Tottenham in the reverse fixture, eventually losing 3-0. APOEL will take encouragement from the team sheet on Wednesday and will relish the chance to play at Wembley. They held Chelsea to a 2-2 draw in the Champions League at Stamford Bridge in 2009-10.
Champions League Betting Tips 06/12/2017
Tottenham v APOL Nicosia DRAW @6.0 Betfair