With a ticket to the round of 32 already in the pocket, Tottenham want to get the first place in Group J of the Europa League and at the same time eliminate a dangerous opponent like Monaco. Spurs and Les Rouges et Blancs will clash this Thursday, December 10, at 22:05 at White Hart Lane.
Tottenham currently has 10 points in the group, followed by Anderlecht with seven and AS Monaco with six; Qarabag is death last with just four points. The Spurs can clinch the first spot in the zone with the draw, but eliminating a team like Monaco could be helpful for an easier future.
The Spurs have won both games at home in their 2015-16 Europa League journey, beating Anderlecht 2-1 and Qarabag 3-1. Last weekend, however, they earned their second draw in a row in the English Premier League with a 1-1 result against West Brom.
The team is expected to give some rest of the main players against Monaco, especially striker Harry Kane, who need to be fresher against for the weekend matches.
“Is it a chance to rest him? Maybe yes,” Spurs manager Pochettino said. “He is in the squad for tomorrow but it is true we need to assess him this afternoon and we have to decide the starting 11 for tomorrow.”
Tottenham have played seven matches against French sides, winning three of their seven games, with three draws and one loss. In fact, the Spurs are unbeaten against the French team playing at White Hart Lane, winning all three games against them.
Monaco’s only chance to advance will be beating Tottenham and expecting Qarabag can avoid a loss when playing against Anderlecht. The Red and White have drawn both away games they have had this season in the Europa League, with a 1-1 score against Qarabag and Anderlecht.
AS Monaco are in fourth place in the Ligue 1, but far away from first place PSG. They are coming off a 1-2 win against Bastia during the weekend.
“The team is progressing. We were aggressive against Bastia at the weekend,” Monaco coach Leonardo Jardim said at a news conference. “It was an important victory because we achieved it with a lot of young players, which corresponds to the club’s project of developing youngsters. It is great to win matches, and that is always our ambition. It is difficult to explain why we are better away from home, but the team will continue to develop.”
Tottenham Europa Odds v Monaco have the home team listed as the favorite, paying 2.15 for their win while the away squad is at 3.6. The draw was rated at 3.5 by the Europa League Betting Odds.
AS Monaco record in 13 games against English clubs is six wins, four draws and three losses; three of those six wins came up atEnglish soil.
Tottenham have no urgency to win this game, but AS Monaco do. It will be a fun game to watch, but the draw has the most value between two teams will do anything to leave the pitch without a loss. Bet the draw.