Mauricio Pochettino’s side have attracted their fair share of downbeat media coverage this season, with constant yap about their lack of signings and supposedly tired players. Yet, they’re fourth in the Premier League after successive away wins and just a 23/10 pick to best the Spanish champions at Wembley.Barcelona vs Tottenham Live Match Streaming | Uefa Champions League 2018/19
Barcelona vs Tottenham Live Match Streaming
- Tuesday 11th December
- Camp Nou
Given the Blaugrana’s poor recent form and Champions League away travails that pre-date the reign of Ernesto Valverde, our Tottenham vs Barcelona predictions see mileage in opposing the visitors, who are betting as 21/20 favourites, with the draw tipped at odds of 27/10. Barca are currently on a three-game winless streak on the domestic front while, remarkably, they’ve landed win bets in just one of their past seven away games in Europe’s elite club competition, scoring just twice.
Are we really considering tipping Spurs to topple the mighty Barcelona, Lionel Messi and all, at a bet of not a lot more than 2/1, as one of our Tottenham vs Barcelona predictions? Yes, we are. The reasons to be fearful are fairly obvious, with the aforementioned Argentine joined by Luis Suarez and Philippe Coutinho in a terrifyingly-creative offensive division. Yet, the Lilywhites were victorious in all three of their Wembley home UCL group games last term, including when comfortably besting eventual winners Real Madrid and should be more than a match for a beleaguered Barca.
Barcelona may have had a successful domestic season last campaign, but their European failures and the departure of a club legend will have hit them hard. Andres Iniesta finally left his beloved Barcelona, and there’s a niggling feeling that this could mark the start of the end of an era. Iniesta is an irreplaceable asset in midfield, and with both Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez on the wrong side of 30 you get the feeling that Barcelona need to put some plans in place for the future.
They have made a few signings over the summer, although none of them have exactly set the world alight. Brazilian duo Malcom and Arthur have come in along with defender Clement Lenglet for a combined £87 million, and the latter two of these three could make their debuts on Saturday night.
Barcelona are missing a large portion of their usual first team players though as they recuperate after the World Cup. Gerard Pique and Jordi Alba are both missing in defence, while Sergio Busquets and Ivan Rakitic leave a big hole in the middle of the park. Up front is where they might really struggle though, with Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez, and Ousmane Dembele all absent.
They aren’t the only team with this problem though. Tottenham Hotspur are actually without the majority of their first team players for this tour. Their goalkeeper and entire first choice back line is missing, as are Mousa Dembele, Dele Alli, Eric Dier, and Harry Kane.
This gives Mauricio Pocchettino a chance to demonstrate Spurs’ strength in depth, and they did so to great effect on Wednesday night. They conceded a 3rd minute goal against Roma, but just six minutes later Fernando Llorente equalised, and by the time half time rolled around it was 4-1 to Spurs. The scoreline remained the same in the second half, but it was a very positive showing from the Londoners.
Tottenham do have a few of their first team regulars available though, as well as a few players itching to prove their worth. Christian Eriksen and Son Heung-Min both played a part against Roma, whilst Lucas Moura and Fernando Llorente netted a brace apiece. Serge Aurier, Ben Davies, and Kyle Walker-Peters all started too.
On the balance of things, Tottenham actually look like they’re bringing a stronger squad into this match. They may be missing their talisman goalscorer, but in Eriksen, Moura, and Son they have an attacking force to be reckoned with, and Llorente showed his goal-scoring prowess against Roma.