Barcelona v Tottenham Betting Preview

Tottenham have arrived in Barcelona ahead of their matchday-six showdown against the perennial power. In order for Spurs to advance to the knockout stage they will need to match the result of Inter Milan, who enter as heavy favorites (7/19) against PSV Eindhoven.

If things go as expected for Inter Milan, Tottenham will need a win against Barcelona to advance. Knowing this, one might expect Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino to have an aggressive gameplan ready to go for Tuesday. When and how he deploys that plan will be interesting to watch. Scoring updates from the Inter/PSV game, which kicks off at the same time, will likely play a role as to the timing of his tactics.

A boom-or-bust strategy could certainly punch Tottenham’s ticket to the next round, however, they will certainly be exposed at the back against one of the most dangerous offensive attacks in all of European football.

In the last meeting between the two clubs, Tottenham did an admiral job of limiting scoring opportunities, but still gave up four goals. An outstanding volley from Ivan Rakitic in the first leg, didn’t help matters for Spurs.

Barcelona striker Luis Suarez will not play as he continues to nurse a knee injury. Lionel Messi’s status is still up in the air, but he is currently listed as doubtful as it would be two games in three days for the veteran and Barcelona have already advanced.

Tottenham will have a rested Harry Kane and Christian Eriksen after they were held out of their recent 2-0 victory over Leicester City. However, they will be without their right-backs Serge Aurier and Kieran Trippier, who are both battling groin injuries. Kyle Walker-Peters will get the start in their absence.

Win or lose, this is a great stage for Tottenham to showcase the improvements that they have made over the last half decade.

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