Charlie Nicholas' predictions: Tottenham to beat Real Madrid if Harry Kane is fit
Last Updated: 01/11/17 10:04pm
Charlie Nicholas provides us with his latest round of Champions League predictions, backing Tottenham to beat Real Madrid if Harry Kane is fit.
The Soccer Saturday pundit as also given us his view on Manchester City's trip to Italy to face Maribor and Liverpool's home game with Maribor.
Here is what he is predicting for Wednesday's clashes...
Tottenham v Real Madrid (Wednesday, 7.45pm)
I would think Harry Kane would be very keen to play this but I would think it would be one hell of a risk. Hamstrings take a long time to settle down fully, even if he does feel fit to play.
Mauricio Pochettino will be desperate to play him but he is a strong enough character to think his side are virtually through and if there's any doubt then it is not worth it.
Real Madrid had a shocking result losing to Girona on Sunday and if Kane is fully fit then they are there for the taking. They look all over the place and looking to blame each other, with Sergio Ramos likely to be up to his old tricks and Cristiano Ronaldo unhappy with the physical treatment he'll get from Tottenham's defence.
Charlie predicts: 2-1 and Kane to score first (30/1 with Sky Bet)
Find out what Charlie is tipping at 125/1 in his Tottenham v Real Madrid RAB here.
Napoli v Manchester City (Wednesday, 7.45pm)
I tell you what, if they win this then Manchester City deserve to be among the favourites to win the Champions League. The two Madrid sides have gone backwards, Barcelona aren't exactly flying, so City are right up there.
However, this is a really tough game. It's a hostile atmosphere in Napoli and they have a great mentality, although City are dangerous on the counter-attack, so I'll go for a high-scoring draw.
Charlie predicts: 2-2 Aguero to score first (35/1 with Sky Bet)
Liverpool v Maribor (Wednesday, 7.45pm)
Can Liverpool really put to bed the questions over their home form in terms of scoring goals and being solid at the back? This is where they can really build some momentum.
A win looks a certainty and after the weekend I'd give every player who has been on the fringes, the likes of Ben Woodburn, Emre Can and Daniel Sturridge the chance to come in, with six or seven changes.
They should still be way too good to worry about this team and I see nothing other than a comfortable home win.
Charlie predicts: 3-0 and Sturridge to score first (12/1 with Sky Bet)
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