Barcelona vs Tottenham Hotspur Preview

Barcelona vs Tottenham Hotspur

Competition – UEFA Champions League

Stadium – Estadio Camp Nou

Date: 11th December 2018

Kick-off time – 20:00 GMT

Tottenham come into this game needing to secure all three points in this game in order to reach the knockout stages of this seasons Champions League.

Mauricio Pochettino now needs to repeat the same thing he did against the Catalans when he was the manager of Espanyol 10 years ago.

Barcelona have already qualified for the next round and they will still top this group regardless of the outcome of this game however the Catalans will not want to end their Champions League group stage campaign with a defeat in front of their fans so although changes are probable, expect a strong starting XI.

Barcelona remain unbeaten in the Champions this season and they come into this game off the back of a 4 games winning streak, the last of which was a 4-0 derby win over Espanyol at the weekend.

Tottenham’s 1-0 win over Inter Milan in their last group game has given them a chance to reach the next round after a poor start to their European campaign.

They need to win this game and hope that PSV can cause an upset against Inter.

The Lilywhites come into this game in fine form as they have won their last two games, and have 8 wins from their last 9 matches which included a morale-boosting win over Chelsea.

Bookmakers have priced Barcelona up as favourites however the odds are extremely close which could be a sign that Barcelona may field a weakened side.

Goal markets suggest this game will be lively as over 2.5 goals is trading odds-on.

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

Barcelona

LAST FIVE GAMES DATE COMPETITION
W Barcelona 2-0 Villarreal 2 Dec, 2018 Spanish Primera División
W PSV Eindhoven 1-2 Barcelona 28 Nov, 2018 UEFA Champions League
D Atletico Madrid 1-1 Barcelona 24 Nov, 2018 Spanish Primera División
L Barcelona 3-4 Real Betis 11 Nov, 2018 Spanish Primera División
D Internazionale 1-1 Barcelona 6 Nov, 2018 UEFA Champions League

Tottenham Hotspur

LAST FIVE GAMES DATE COMPETITION
L Arsenal 4-2 Tottenham Hotspur 2 Dec, 2018 English Premier League
W Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 Internazionale 28 Nov, 2018 UEFA Champions League
W Tottenham Hotspur 3-1 Chelsea 24 Nov, 2018 English Premier League
W Crystal Palace 0-1 Tottenham Hotspur 10 Nov, 2018 English Premier League
W Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 PSV Eindhoven 6 Nov, 2018 UEFA Champions League

H2H

DATE COMPETITION
Tottenham Hotspur 2-4 Barcelona 3 Oct, 2018 UEFA Champions League
Barcelona 2-2 Tottenham Hotspur 29 Jul, 2018 International Champions Cup

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