Kick-off: 2000, 03/10/2018
TV: BT Sport
Tottenham will be under plenty of pressure when hosting Barcelona after suffering a late meltdown at Inter Milan in their Champions League opener.
The Catalan giants can travel to London full of confidence following a 4-0 demolition of PSV first up in Group B, when Lionel Messi hit a hat-trick.
Spurs impressed at the national stadium during last season’s pool stage, though, so 29/10 for them to pick up a point is our main Tottenham vs Barcelona prediction.
A Look At Tottenham Hotspur’s Betting Odds
Tottenham looked set to put a couple of Premier League defeats behind them when leading at the San Siro through Christian Eriksen’s 53rd-minute strike.
Spurs threatened to double that advantage on several occasions, but Erik Lamela was guilty of some moderate finishing as Samir Handanovic kept Inter in contention.
Mauricio Pochettino’s men were made to pay when Mauro Icardi struck a sweet first-time volley into the bottom corner on 85 minutes, before Matias Vecino headed home deep into injury time.
“We’re disappointed because we were winning and to lose like this in the last 10 minutes is bad,” Lamela said.
“I don’t know honestly if we deserved to lose. In the second half, we scored and then we managed the game. They were tired, we should have scored more goals. I had a lot of chances.”
However, we haven’t forgotten how well Spurs played when beating both Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund 3-1 here last term and are not ready to write them off yet.
They also go into this game on the back of Premier League wins over Brighton and Huddersfield, with Harry Kane starting to look much sharper again.
Eriksen (abdominal), Moussa Dembele (thigh) and Jan Vertonghen (hamstring) join Dele Alli (hamstring) on the sidelines with injuries starting to pile up at Spurs, but goalkeeper Hugo Lloris returns after a thigh injury and will start.
A Look At Barcelona’s Betting Odds
Messi scored the eighth Champions League hat-trick of his career as Barcelona recovered from a shaky start to thrash PSV at Camp Nou.
PSV had their chances, with Gaston Pereiro coming close early on, but the game changed when Messi curled in a superb 32nd-minute free-kick after Ousmane Dembele was pulled down.
Dembele lashed home Barca’s second from long range in the 74th minute before Messi rounded off another dazzling display with two more late strikes.
However, the victory was slightly marred by Samuel Umtiti’s red card for two bookable offences and the powerful French defender will be missed at Wembley.
They do also travel to London under a bit of a cloud, having subsequently gone three La Liga matches without a win!
Ernesto Valverde settled for a share of the spoils when visiting Juventus and Olympiacos in their group last term, while a 1-0 triumph at Sporting Lisbon only came via an own goal.
The Catalan giants then drew 1-1 at Chelsea in the first knockout round and 7/1 for a repeat of that scoreline completes our Tottenham vs Barcelona betting tips.
Last Champions League result:
Inter Milan 2-1 TOTTENHAM – Christian Eriksen
BARCELONA 4-0 PSV – Lionel Messi (3), Ousmane Dembele
Head-to-head: Barcelona 1-0 Tottenham, Tottenham 1-1 Barcelona
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