Preview - Barcelona vs Tottenham Hotspur 12 December 18

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Dec 11, 2018, 06:07 PM Last Edit: Dec 12, 2018, 05:04 PM by Harry85
Champions' League Group B
Barcelona vs. Tottenham Hotspur
Wednesday, December 12th 2018
04:00am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Camp Nou

Last five matches form: D W W W W
CL Average goals per match: 2.60
CL Average goals against per match: 0.80
CL Top Scorer: Lionel Messi (6)

Tottenham Hotspur:
Last five matches form: W W L W W
CL Average goals per match: 1.60
CL Average goals against per match: 1.80
CL Top Scorer: Harry Kane (4)

It all comes down to the final game in Group B in the Champion's League. Barcelona are home ad hosed as the group winners, but second position is still very much up for grabs with Tottenham Hotspur and Inter Milan locked together on seven points apiece.

It looks to be advantage Inter though as whilst the Italian side face a home game against fourth placed PSV Eindhoven, Mauricio Pochettino's men face this daunting trip to Camp Nou.

The main question here - and likely the single biggest factor in the outcome of this game - is just what type of side Barcelona will field. With the games coming thick and fast at this time of year, they really have no incentive to play anything like a first choice eleven.

Sergi Roberto, Rafinha, Malcom and Samuel Umtiti miss out for the home side through injury. Spurs must do without Serge Aurier, Kiean Trippier, Davinson Sánchez, Mousa Dembélé and Victor Wanyama.

A full-strength Barcelona side pretty much took Spurs apart in the reverse game at Wembley Stadium, as did Arsenal in the league recently. Those defensive issues do remain a slight concern, but the fact is that Tottenham won't be facing anything like a full strength Barca here. The Londoners aren't good enough to beat Barcelona at their best, they just might be good enough to pick up the points against a likely depleted starting eleven though.

Prediction: Barcelona 1 - 2 Tottenham Hotspur


Half time: 1 - 0
Full time: 1 - 1
Shots:  8 - 11
Shots on target: 3 - 8
Corner Kicks: 2 - 5
Possession: 46% - 54%

Just the one booking for each side in this one with referee Milorad Mazic taking the names of Nelson Semedo of Barcelona and Kyle Walker-Peters of Tottenham Hotspur.

Tottenham headed into this game suspecting they would likely need to win at the practically impregnable Camp Nou if they were to progress to the knockout stages in this season's Champions League.

After just seven minutes things were beginning to look pretty bleak for the English side's chances. Youngster Kyle Walkers-Peters mis-controlling on half way and being robbed and then outpaced by Ousmane Demele. Brilliant burst of pace into the area from Dembele before cutting inside a despairing challenge and slotting under Hugo Lloris.

Tottenham played really well from there on in, and had a great chance to equalise when Heung-Min Son was played through on goal only to be denied by Jasper Cillessen.

Barcelona than went close through Philippe Coutinho who clipped the outside of the post from just inside the area following a trademark turn. 1-0 at the break though.

Cillessen continued in fine form after the break to twice deny Christian Eriksen before producing a sensational stop to keep out a Lucas Moura header.

Coutinho again went closest for Barcelona when rattling the right hand upright with a curled effort from the left.

It was beginning to look as though the Spurs goal would never come, but five minutes from time it finally did. Excellent work from harry Kane in the left side of the area to whip a low ball into the path of Moura to slot home from around six yards. 1-1 final score.

And in the end a draw was enough for Spurs as Inter Milan fluffed their lines in failing to beat PSV Eindhoven at home.

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