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Tottenham vs Barcelona: Goals to flow at Wembley

Tottenham vs Barcelona Match Preview and Predictions

Tottenham suffered a late capitulation as they went down 2-1 to Inter Milan at the San Siro in their opening Champions League Group B clash.

[All odds correct at time of publication] 

Following Premier League losses to Watford and Liverpool, it was the first time under boss Mauricio Pochettino that Spurs has been beaten in three successive games.

Lionel Messi hit a record eighth hat-trick in this competition as 10-man Barcelona thrashed Dutch side PSV Eindhoven 4-0 at the Nou Camp on Matchday 1.

Match information

When is it? Wednesday 3rd October

What time is kick-off? 20:00

Where is it being played? Wembley

Which channel is it on? BT Sport 2

Who is the referee? Felix Zwayer

Tottenham vs Barcelona Betting Tips

Here are our best tips for the match and we also have a range of other markets available:

The Lowdown

The previous meeting between the two sides came at the semi-final stage of the European Cup Winners' Cup in the 1981/82 season, the Spanish giants prevailing 2-1 on aggregate after a 1-1 draw at White Hart Lane.

Tottenham are participating in the group stages of this competition for the third season in a row but after losing over two legs to Juventus in the round of 16 last term, they are winless in three.

But they were victorious in tricky trips to Brighton and Huddersfield in the Premier League and also prevailed on penalties against Watford in the EFL Cup since the loss in Milan last month.

Barcelona, meanwhile, have gone the opposite way since swatting aside PSV Eindhoven, picking up just two points from three La Liga games, although they remain top on goal difference ahead of Real Madrid.

The Catalans have won this trophy five times, most recently in 2015, and have been group winners for 11 successive seasons.

Given both teams' current form, we feel a draw at 11/4 is the best way to go to begin our Tottenham vs Barcelona predictions.

First goalscorer tips

Lionel Messi has netted eight goals in nine appearances this season but has been kept off the scoresheet in his last two appearances. He has also yet to score away from the Nou Camp this term.

The Argentinian magician scored at Wembley when Barcelona beat Manchester United 3-1 in the final of this competition in 2011 and will relish playing at England's national stadium again. With first goalscorer odds of 16/5, that is hard to ignore in our view.

Anytime goalscorer tips

Having gone five games in a row for club and country without a goal, Harry Kane responded to his critics in typical fashion. He admitted after scoring in the 2-1 win at Brighton that it was "probably the first game I was truly happy with my all-round performance".

The England captain then bagged a brace as Tottenham beat Huddersfield on Saturday and he is priced at 23/20 in the anytime goalscorer odds.

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Where the game will be won or lost

Tottenham cannot really afford another defeat if they are to have any aspirations of reaching the knockout stages of the Champions League.

Another reverse could leave them six points behind Barcelona and Inter with just two games played and defender Danny Rose says Spurs "have to win".

But they should find some comfort in the fact they won all three home games in their group last season, beating Borussia Dortmund, Real Madrid and APOEL.

Barcelona have advanced to at least the quarter-finals in the last 11 seasons but won only one of their group games away from home last season and have been beaten in four of their last nine games on the road in this competition.

With their league form also suffering a little dip of late, this game could go either way but with both teams scoring in each of their games this season, we expect more goals at Wembley.

We like draw and BTTS at 10/3 as the second of our free football tips and we complete our Tottenham vs Barcelona betting tips by going for a 2-2 draw at 11/1.

Team news

Christian Eriksen (abdominal), Mousa 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.

Traders' Tips - View from the trading floor

These two sides may be heading into this game in contrasting form but we feel Barcelona's quality, especially with Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez in attack, will prove too much for Tottenham, who will at least maintain their record of scoring in every game this season.

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Stuart Walker
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