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Champions' League Group B
Tottenham Hotspur vs. Barcelona
Wednesday, October 4th 2018
04:00am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Wembley Stadium

Tottenham Hotspur: 
Last five matches form: L L W W W
Average goals per match: 2.00
Average goals against per match: 1.00
Top Scorer: Harry Kane (5)

Barcelona:
Last five matches form: W W D L D
Average goals per match: 2.57
Average goals against per match: 1.14
Top Scorer: Lionel Messi (5)

A real cracker in store in the Champions League this week as Spanish Champions Barcelona head to Wembley Stadium to take on Tottenham Hotspur.

Spurs suffered heartache on the opening night in this competition when throwing away a lead to lose late against Inter in Milan. Barcelona weren't at their scintillating best but still saw off PSV by four goals to nil at Camp Nou. The pressure is very much on the home side to pick up a positive result here.

Whether there is ever a good time to play this Barcelona side we aren't sure, but if there is it may well be now. The Spanish giants having failed to win any of their last three games against Athletic Bilbao, Legan├ęs and Girona. A most uncharacteristic sequence of results.

Spurs have recovered well from that result in Milan. Knocking Watford out of the Carabao Cup on penalties and beating Brighton and Huddersfield in the Premier League.

Dele Alli is not yet ready to return for the home side whilst Barcelona must do without the suspended Samuel Umtiti.

Barcelona have looked more than a little shaky at the back of late and are likely to be troubled by Tottenham's high pressing style. The visitors do look the better attacking outfit though and may be able to keep pace on the scoring front in a score draw.


Prediction: Tottenham Hotspur 2 - 2 Barcelona

Harry85

Half time: 0 - 2
Full time: 2 - 4
Shots:  7 - 12
Shots on target: 5 - 8
Corner Kicks: 3 - 1
Possession: 41% - 59%

Toby Alderweireld, Victor Wanyama, Erik Lamela, Harry Kane and Eric Dier were all booked for the home side. Referee Felix Zwayer also taking the names of Arthur and Sergio Busquets of Barcelona.

An entertaining game at Wembley Stadium and a deserved win for Barcelona. They may have had their struggles in La Liga in recent weeks, but they were back to their exhilarating best at times in this game and Spurs simply couldn't keep pace.

Barca struck first in just the second minute. Lionel Messi making space for himself in the centre of the park before splitting the defence to find Jordi Alba down the left. With Hugo Lloris racing off his line, Alba played the ball inside to Philippe Coutinho who finished into the bottom left from the edge of the area.

The second came in then 28th minute. A Barca attack initially looking to have broken down when the ball looped out towards the edge of the area. Sublime finish from Ivan Rakitic from around 25 yards. First time volley in off the post in the top left. 0-2 at the break.

Messi struck the post early in the second half, but it was Spurs who scored next in the 52nd minute.  Harry Kane picking the ball up outside the area before driving into the left-hand side of the box. Cutting back onto his right the England man then finished smartly into the bottom right.

Any hope Spurs had of getting back into this were effectively ended just four minutes later. Messi finding Jordi Alba on the right and when the ball was played back across goal it was Messi arriving to finish smartly into the bottom left.

Spurs got to within one again in the 66th minute. Erik Lamela receiving the ball just outside the area to the right-hand side and firing into the right hand side of the goal via a slight deflection.

It was Messi who was to have the last word in the 90th minute though. When Spurs lost the ball at the back the ball made its way across to Messi who had the freedom of the penalty area to beat Lloris into the bottom right corner. 2-4 final score.


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