Tottenham v Barcelona Betting Preview, Odds & Tips | 03/10/18
Mikey Patterson (@ThePattBlogs) previews Spurs v Barcelona and provides us with his best bets for the Wednesday evening Champions League fixture by analysing team news, potential line-ups, head-to-head, key stats and facts and more.
Spurs v Barcelona Betting Preview, Odds & Tips
- Date: 03/10/2018
- Time: 00
- Venue: Wembley Stadium
- Channel: BT Sport
Mauricio Pochettino and his Tottenham side welcome La Liga leaders Barcelona to London on Wednesday evening, as we enter game week 2 of the Champions League group stages. The two teams have had very different fortunes domestically over the last fortnight since their opening European games.
Spurs have begun to find their form again following their dramatic late defeat in Milan two weeks ago in game week 1, whereas Barca find themselves in something of a slump, failing to win since they beat PSV 4-0 at home in their opening group game.
Since Inter came back at the San Siro to snatch a 2-1 win over Spurs, they have gone on to win both of their following Premier League fixtures, as well as a win in the Carabao Cup against Watford, all be it on penalties.
Following their disappointment in Italy, Spurs went on to visit Brighton down on the South Coast, and came away with all 3 points thanks to a Harry Kane penalty, before Erik Lamela added a second before a late consolation for the home side deep into injury time.
An entertaining cup tie against fellow London club Watford saw the game go to penalties following a 2-2 draw. Watford found themselves 1-0 up going into the last ten minutes before a frenzied finish saw the game decided from the spot, with Tottenham running out 4-2 winners.
Their most recent game away at Huddersfield Town saw them score 2 for the third game in a row, as a Harry Kane brace in the first half saw off the home side.
In stark contrast, things have not been so good for their visitors since their comfortable win against PSV. The Blaugrana have gone on to register just a two points from their last 3 La Liga games since their Champions League opener, drawing twice at the Camp Nou either side of an away defeat to Leganes.
They were down to 10 men at home to Girona after 35 minutes when summer signing Clement Lenglet was sent off, and despite being a goal ahead they found themselves 2-1 down just after half time. They drew themselves level just past the hour mark, with Pique rescuing a point for the hosts.
In their away trip to Leganes, they saw a huge amount of the ball but were frustrated by the home side, and once again they let a one goal lead slip early into the second half as Leganes scored twice in as many minutes to take the lead, and ultimately, all 3 points.
Their game against Bilbao at the Camp Nou on Saturday was starting to look like their second league defeat in as many games, having gone a goal down late into the first half. However, while the usual suspects had failed to deliver, El Munir stepped off the bench to rescue the point that kept them top of La Liga. Their only saving grace from this is while they have faltered, their nearest rivals Real Madrid have had a similar run of form and failed to capitalise on what has been a disappointing two weeks for Barcelona.
There is some big team news for both sides ahead of this tie.
The hosts will find themselves without Dele Alli, Mousa Dembele, Christian Eriksen, Jan Vertonghen and Serge Aurier.
Barcelona have enough to be concerned with themselves. Sergi Roberto picked up a knock on Saturday against Bilbao, whilst World Cup winning centre back Samuel Umtiti is both injured and suspended, following his sending off against PSV.
Potential Spurs Starting XI: Gazzaniga, Trippier, Rose, Alderweireld, Sanchez, Dier, Wanyama, Winks, Lamela, Son, Kane
Potential Barcelona Starting XI: Ter Stegen, Semedo, Alba, Lenglet, Pique, Busquets, Rakitic, Coutinho, Dembele, Suarez, Messi
Head To Head
- These two teams have only met twice previously, meeting each other in the 1982 Cup Winners Cup semi final.
- The home leg saw a 1-1 draw, while the return in Barcelona saw the hosts win 1-0, and 2-1 on aggregate.
Key Stats & Facts
- Spurs have scored 2 in each of their last 3 games, with Harry Kane scoring 3 out of the 6 scored.
- Barcelona have conceded in all their last 3 league games since keeping a clean sheet at home to PSV, letting in two during their recent away defeat to Leganes.
- Barcelona have not won in their last two visits to England, drawing against Chelsea and losing to Manchester City.
- Barcelona have won just 5 of their last 16 away games in the Champions League.
- Spurs 23/10
- Draw 14/5
- Barcelona 1/1
Given the vain of form both sides find themselves in at present, it is very hard to ignore Spurs. They have started to find the net consistently again, and have Harry Kane firing once again.
With their shocking defensive record at present, Barcelona will be vulnerable to conceding, and Kane is more than capable of finding the net once again on Wednesday. Their league form may leave much to be desired at the moment, but Barcelona and able to turn the screw at a moment’s notice, and I would expect them to try and make amends for their recent results.
For this encounter I will be looking at both teams to score and over 2.5, and maybe even look into the both teams to score in both halves market as well. Goal scorers interest me here as well and would fancy Kane to find the net, and possibly even a brace.