The new Champions League campaign gets underway this week, and Charlie Nicholas makes his predictions for the opening group games.
Tottenham and Manchester United are on their travels to Inter Milan and Young Boys respectively, while Liverpool host Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday. Competition favourites Manchester City face Lyon on Wednesday.
With four English teams in action, here is what the Soccer Saturday pundit is predicting…
Inter Milan v Tottenham (Tuesday, 5.55pm)
I think Inter Milan are a club on the up, whereas Tottenham’s reputation at the moment is getting a bit tarnished and suddenly, you are going from Premier League contenders to danger signs about a lack of investment.
Harry Kane is just out of form. He is making the same moves and maybe looks a bit sluggish, but every season at the start of a campaign, Kane gets slaughtered for never scoring in August. Then he gets into the routine, scores at Old Trafford and all of a sudden, everybody is saying he is fatigued. He is not fatigued – he and Spurs are not playing well.
Poch leaves out Trippier, Alderweireld
Two weeks ago, I would have put a banker on Spurs winning this but now there is an uncertainty. They have good players and I think they are a better team than Inter but they are a bit timid at the moment, confidence is low so I am going for 1-1.
I am expecting Kane to start, but I’m going for Lucas Moura to score first. The way their current form is, I think that’s a good result. Barcelona is the one where everyone is going to be pointing the finger at how good or how poor they are and that will take care of itself. Spurs are in a one-game-at-a-time situation right now and if they walked away with a draw and a better performance, I think they will be content with that, so it would be a half-decent result for them.
Charlie predicts: 1-1 and Lucas Moura to score first (35/1 with Sky Bet)