Preview: Monaco v Tottenham

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Tottenham Hotspur are in desperate need of a win when they travel to France to take on Monaco in the Champions League in order to keep their hopes of qualifying for the next round alive.

Monaco v Tottenham
Champions League
22 November 2016
Kick-off: 21:45 (GMT 2)
Venue: Stade Louis II

Head-to-head summary:

Monaco 4 2 1 1
Tottenham 4 1 1 2

Previous encounter:

Tottenham 1-2 Monaco 12/08/16 (Champions League)

Tottenham goalscorer: T. Alderweireld (45')
Monaco goalscorers: Bernardo Silva (15'), T.Lemar (31')

Players to watch:

Striker Radamel Falcao has been revitalised by his move back to the Ligue 1 side after a disastrous two-year loan spell in England with Manchester United and Chelsea.

The Columbian struggled for both regular game time and goals in the Premier League, but has been on fire since returning to Monaco and already has seven goals in six starts in all competitions this season.

Tottenham Hotspur ended a seven-game winless run over the weekend when they beat West Ham 3-2 thanks to two late goals from star man Harry Kane.

The forward had been absent with injury for most of the period they struggled to win and it is more than just coincidence that his return has resulted in a change of fortunes for the London club.

Team form and manager quotes:

Monaco have been in sensational form of late and are on a six-game unbeaten run in all competitions and have only lost two of their last 19 fixtures.

They are second in Ligue 1, above title favourites Paris Saint-Germain on goal difference, and lead the Champions League Group E going into the crunch match with Spurs.

Despite poor recent form, the late brace from Kane to beat West Ham on Saturday means both Spurs and the England international will be heading into the tie full of confidence and looking to take a big step towards qualifying for the knockout rounds.

They will also be all too aware that a defeat will more than likely result in an early and disappointing exit from the competition.

"Harry's back!" the Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino said over the weekend. "He's one of the best strikers in the world. When you play without your main striker for 10 or 11 games it's tough for any team. He's a player who is very important for us."

A statement which Monaco are sure to have taken note of.

Team news:

Monaco head coach Leonardo Jardim without key holding midfielder Joao Moutinho, who is out with a thing strain, while Almamy Toure (hip) and Nabil Dirar (calf) have also been ruled out.

For Spurs, Toby Alderweireld and Erik Lamela miss out with knee and hip injuries respectively, while Dele Alli is in line to start the match after putting in a solid performance off the bench against the Hammers.