Phil Kitromilides believes a new-look Monaco side will be able to take advantage of an unsettled Spurs squad when they travel to southern France on SaturdayTottenham travel to the principality of Monaco with their preseason continuing to be overshadowed by Gareth Bale's future. It is unlikely that the Welsh star will feature in Saturday's friendly, suffering as he is from a convenient injury which has kept him out of the majority of Spurs' pre-season.
The north Londoners then, who are priced at 17/10 (2.70) for the win with William Hill, face the nouveau-riche pretenders of Monaco who's summer spending spree has attracted star names and attention to a side that spent last season in the second tier of French football.
Radamel Falcao, James Rodriguez, and Joao Moutinho have been sufficiently swayed by the Monaco project to turn their collective backs on Champions League football yet their arrival gives Monaco an extraordinary triumvirate of attacking talent.
Veterans Ricardo Carvalho and Eric Abidal have arrived to shore up the defense along with highly rated youngster Fabinho from Real Madrid Castilla.
Add to this the experience and intelligence of Jeremy Toulalan in midfield and you are close to having a team capable of challenging for domestic honors.
William Hill offer a Monaco win at 7/5 (2.40) and that looks like it could be a great bet.
Naturally the new signings will take time to gel but they showed a lot more promise in a 3-0 win over Leicester City last weekend and against a Spurs side which has looked a little affected by matters off the field, backing a Monaco win at that price makes sense.
|Monaco to win at 7/5 (2.40) with William Hill
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Phil Kitromilides is a sports journalist and TV Presenter in Madrid