Charlie Nicholas predicts whether Spurs can beat Borussia Dortmund

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Dom Le Roy

Sky Sports football pundit Charlie Nicholas has given his score prediction ahead of Tottenham Hotspur’s Champions League clash against Borussia Dortmund.

The German giants travel to Wembley Stadium on Wednesday night for the first leg of the round of sixteen in what is a huge match for both clubs.

Nicholas believes that Mauricio Pochettino has been changing his defensive line-up too often and it will end up costing them dearly.

Harry Kane and Dele Alli are once again set to miss out for Spurs as they continue their recovery from injury.  However, Dortmund also have a major injury concern of their own with top scorer Marco Reus expected to sit out the trip to London with a muscle injury.

Dortmund have been in impressive form this season and currently top the Bundesliga table ahead of Bayern Munich.

The former Arsenal midfielder believes that the match will end as a 1-1 draw, which will see Dortmund take a vital away goal back to Germany for the second leg.

He told Sky Sports: “Spurs are grinding results at the minute but doing the business without Harry Kane and Dele Alli. Heung-Min Son has to be in the potential list of six for Premier League player of the year. He is carrying Spurs through and his energy levels have been outstanding.

“This is a different Dortmund side though, and I still feel Spurs have a weakness at the back. Mauricio Pochettino has been chopping and changing too much in defence. Kane could be back for the return leg but the reality is this is another game of goals.

“Both teams will open up and attack well. Dortmund will not be as adventurous – they will sit in and counter-attack which will be dangerous for Spurs, and they will choke them and try to boss midfield.

“Prediction: 1-1.”

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