Tottenham Hotspur vs Barcelona Preview

Tottenham Hotspur vs Barcelona

Competition – UEFA Champions League

Stadium – Wembley

Date: 3rd October 2018

Kick-off time – 20:00 GMT

Tottenham are still looking to show that they have the pedigree to compete in the Champions League and they have another chance this season to rub shoulders with the best of the best.

The Lilywhites impressed greatly last season when they won 5 of their 6 group games in a group that included Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund.

They however, fell short in the knockout round after Juventus used their superior experience to eliminate them.

Tottenham started their first game in this campaign well after taking the lead against Inter Milan however their inexperience in closing out games in these situations came back to haunt them again as Inter equalized and grabbed a winner in the space of the dying minutes.

This game is now more important as they look to qualify in the top two and Barcelona are not in their best shape at the moment.

Barcelona nearly fell to a second consecutive defeat at the weekend when they fell behind 1-0 to Athletic Bilbao for a large portion of their La Liga game.

Lionel Messi who had been rested had to come off the bench to help them rescue a point through a Munir goal.

That draw came after a shock 2-1 loss at Leganes in midweek.

The Catalans come into this match without a win 3 games and may be picked apart again by a Tottenham side that has won their last three games across two competitions.

Barcelona have won just one of their last seven away days in the Champions League, while Tottenham have won all 3 of their home group games in this competition last season.

Mauricio Pochettino’s side has also lost just 4 times in all competitions at home in the last 12 months.

Despite the above, bookmakers make Barcelona favourites to take all three points from Wembley.

Goal markets strongly suggest that we will see goals so expect a lively affair in London.

Results of each team’s last 5 matches across all leagues and competitions

Tottenham Hotspur

LAST FIVE GAMES DATE COMPETITION
W Brighton & Hove Albion 1-2 Tottenham Hotspur 22 Sep, 2018 English Premier League
L Internazionale 2-1 Tottenham Hotspur 18 Sep, 2018 UEFA Champions League
L Tottenham Hotspur 1-2 Liverpool 15 Sep, 2018 English Premier League
L Watford 2-1 Tottenham Hotspur 2 Sep, 2018 English Premier League
W Manchester United 0-3 Tottenham Hotspur 27 Aug, 2018 English Premier League

Barcelona

LAST FIVE GAMES DATE COMPETITION
D Barcelona 2-2 Girona 23 Sep, 2018 Spanish Primera División
W Barcelona 4-0 PSV Eindhoven 18 Sep, 2018 UEFA Champions League
W Real Sociedad 1-2 Barcelona 15 Sep, 2018 Spanish Primera División
W Barcelona 8-2 Huesca 2 Sep, 2018 Spanish Primera División
W Real Valladolid 0-1 Barcelona 25 Aug, 2018 Spanish Primera División

H2H

DATE COMPETITION
Barcelona 2-2 Tottenham Hotspur 29 Jul, 2018 International Champions Cup

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