Tottenham is facing Barcelona in one of the most interesting clashes in the Champions League on October 3 at Wembley. There is a big contrast between the moods in the ranks of the two teams after their matches in the first round of the Champions League. Tottenham dramatically lost with an unexpected, last-minute goal. The Spurs were beaten by Inter (2:1) on the San Siro stadium and now, they need a win in the upcoming game.
Barcelona had no problems achieving an impressive 4-0 victory against PSV Eindhoven. The bad news for Barca’s coach is Samuel Umtiti’s red card. The French national will not play against the Spurs and he is going to be replaced by either Clément Lenglet or Thomas Vermaelen.
Tottenham’s manager Mauricio Pochettino is facing some unpleasant issues, too. Both of his first-choice goalkeepers, Hugo Lloris and Michel Vorm, are injured and it is not clear if they will recover on time. The third goalie Paulo Gazzaniga will be the last resort for Pochettino. Vincent Janssen is missing from the manager’s list due to a foot injury but he is not such a key player in the Tottenham’s squad.
Tottenham Hotspur F.C. vs. FC Barcelona Head to Head
Barcelona’s performance since the beginning of the season has not been particularly exceptional, despite the relatively good results. The team lost against Leganes (2:1) in the midweek fixture. Of course, it is too early to speak of a crisis, but the deficiencies in their play are obvious. The Blaugrana is playing much more pragmatically with Ernesto Valverde in charge.
There is no more Johan Cruyff’s idealistic “tiki-taka”, continued by Pep Guardiola’s dream team. Valverde relies on a 4-3-3 scheme, which transforms into a 4-2-3-1 with Luis Suárez as a centre-forward, Messi behind him as a playmaker, while Dembélé and Coutinho are positioned on the wings.
Tottenham Hotspur F.C. vs. FC Barcelona Betting Tips
Tottenham’s manager Mauricio Pochettino will rely on the creativity of his key players – Harry Kane and Christian Eriksen.
According to some analysts, Eriksen was supposed to be transferred in Barcelona this summer, but that never happened.
Dele Alli is another Spurs’ player who can make a difference if Barcelona’s defenders let him make his move.
The two teams have never played against each other in the Champions League. The only duel between them on the European scene was in 1982. They faced each other in the UEFA European Cup Winners Cup semifinals.
The first match ended in a draw (1:1) at White Hart Lane, but Barcelona grabbed the victory in the second one (1:0). The Catalans then defeated Standard Liege in the final and won the cup.
Tottenham Hotspur F.C. vs. FC Barcelona Prediction
According to us, the outcome of this match will be determined by the individual skills of the teams’ top players.
Tottenham Hotspur F.C. vs. FC Barcelona 2 (1.90 @ bet365)