Tottenham vs Barcelona - Weds 3rd Oct

Tottenham vs Barcelona – Weds 3rd Oct

Tottenham are in a precarious position in their Champions League group as they prepare to host Barcelona at Wembley Stadium on Wednesday.

Spurs lost 2-1 at Inter Milan in their opening fixture despite dominating large parts of the game. The North London side now find themselves at a disadvantage in what was already a tricky group. They come here following an uninspiring 2-0 league win at Huddersfield Town on the weekend. Tottenham have been far from spectacular in the opening weeks of the new season and currently find themselves in the fourth spot in Premier League.

Last season, Mauricio Pochettino’s players claimed a 3-1 home win over Real Madrid in the group stage, and they are certainly capable of handing out the same treatment to Barcelona. Furthermore, Spurs seem to be playing the Catalans at the perfect time as the latter seemed to have lost form in recent weeks.
Following a perfect start to their season, Barcelona have gone three games without a win. They come here following a 1-1 home draw to Athletic Bilbao, and prior to that, they had suffered a 2-1 defeat at Leganes. Hence, Spurs would definitely see an opportunity to upset the odds on Wednesday.

Barcelona find themselves in a decent position in their Champions League group as they registered a 4-0 home win over PSV Eindhoven in their first game. Coming into this game, the Catalans have lost only one of their last 12 games in the competition. They have a prolific record in Europe, and they normally manage to qualify from the group stage with ease. However, a Spurs win at Wembley could really open up Group B as Inter are expected to win at PSV.

Hence, this is a must-win game for Spurs while Barcelona would be happy with a draw in current circumstances. Nevertheless, it promises the most interesting game during midweek Champions League action.

Head-to-head

These two clubs have never played each other in an official game previously.

Tottenham Team News

The hosts could be without some key names for the game. Dele Alli is a huge a miss for Spurs due to an injury. Hugo Lloris, Michel Vorm, Jan Vertonghen and Mousa Dembele are additional doubts. Paulo Gazzaniga started in the goal against Huddersfield, and he could keep his place against Barcelona. Christian Eriksen should return after missing the 2-0 win.

Barcelona Team News

Centre-back Samuel Umtiti is suspended for the game. Clement Lenglet should take his position in the starting eleven. Lionel Messi started the game against Bilbao on the bench, and he will come back into the starting eleven. Sergi Roberto is a doubt for the trip to London.

Our Tip

We don’t see a clear favourite in this game, and hence, we are going for a draw at 3/1 odds at Betfair. For slightly greater returns, you can also opt for a draw and BTTS combination bet at 18/5 odds at BetVictor.

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