Sky Sports pundit Charlie Nicholas has shared his prediction ahead of Tottenham Hotspur’s match against Olympiacos later tonight.
Jose Mourinho takes charge of his new side for the first time in North London under the lights in a Champions League fixture which could see them progress to the knockout stages if they can secure a victory.
Spurs will be looking to take a step closer to a dream of another appearance in the final of European football’s most prestigious club competition; however, this time it will not be with Mauricio Pochettino.
Their Greek opponents sit bottom of Group B having only managed to pick up a single point which came against Spurs from their opening four fixtures.
Nicholas believes that Mourinho will lead Spurs to a comfortable victory but still has question marks around the defence including Serge Aurier, Jan Vertonghen, Toby Alderweireld and Danny Rose.
Olympiacos are winless in 12 Champions League games (drew two, lost 10), although one of the two games in which they have avoided defeat in this run was against Spurs on matchday one, a 2-2 draw.
He told Sky Sports: “Olympiacos are bottom with a point and they got a cracking draw in the repeat fixture against Tottenham, who made it hard work for themselves with the thrashing from Bayern Munich. Jose Mourinho came in at the right time – Tottenham were down on their luck and feeling sorry for themselves, yet had bundles of quality. He should pick up the confidence easily.
“There are some problems still in defence. I think Serge Aurier is still rash, I am not sure how dedicated Danny Rose is to the cause, and I am unsure on the centre-backs. It will be a comfortable performance and three points, which means they will qualify. There are some favourable fixtures coming the way of Jose and after this one, he can say Tottenham are in the last 16 of the Champions League.
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