Tottenham vs. Barcelona: Champions League – Match Preview

Tottenham host the La Liga title holders Barcelona in a must not lose Champions League fixture on Wednesday.

Spurs are starting to turn their campaign around following a 2-0 win over Huddersfield on the weekend.

Barcelona’s mixed form continues though as they were held to a 1-1 draw at the Nou Camp by Athletic Bilbao.

The two sides have made contrasting starts to their Champions League campaigns though.

Spurs were beaten 2-1 away at Inter, despite leading with five minutes to go, whilst Lionel Messi scored a hat-trick as Barcelona eased by PSV Eindhoven.

Team news
Jan Vertonghen and Moussa Dembele were forced off at half-time and join a lengthy injury list for Tottenham.

Hugo Lloris could return; however both Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen remain out.

Samuel Umtiti is suspended, however would have missed the trip through an injury regardless.

Messi was rotated on the weekend and will return to the XI here, with Ousmane Dembele favourite to miss out.

Expected starting XI’s
Tottenham (4-2-3-1): Lloris; Trippier, Alderweireld, Sanchez, Davies; Wanyama, Dier; Lucas Moura, Lamela, Heung Min Son; Kane
Barcelona (4-4-2): Ter Stegen; Semedo, Pique, Lenglet, Alba; Rakitic, Vidal, Busquets, Coutinho; Messi, Suarez

Predictions

Result: Draw

Correct Score: 1-1

Anytime Goalscorer: Lionel Messi

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