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Tottenham vs Barcelona, Champions League: Team News, Match Preview

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Barça face a very tough trip to Wembley looking to use Europe as a way to forget a bad domestic run

FC Barcelona Training Session and Press Conference Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images

Tottenham Hotspur (4th, 0pts) vs Barcelona (1st, 3pts)


Competition/Round: 2018-19 Champions League Group B, Matchday 2

Barcelona Outs and Doubts: Sergi Roberto, Samuel Umtiti, Malcom, Carles Aleñá, Sergi Samper (out)

Tottenham Outs and Doubts: Christian Eriksen, Dele Alli, Mousa Dembélé, Jan Vertonghen, Serge Aurier, Vincent Janssen (out), Hugo Lloris, Michel Vorm (doubt)

Date/Time: Wednesday, October 3, 2018, 9pm CET (Barcelona), 8pm BST/WAT (UK & Nigeria), 3pm ET, 12pm PT (USA), 12.30am IST (India, Thursday)

Venue: Wembley Stadium, London, England

Referee: Felix Zwayer (GER)

How to watch on TV: TNT (USA), BT Sport 2 (UK), SuperSport 5 (Nigeria), SONY TEN 2 (India), others

How to stream: Watch TNT, B/R Live (USA), BT Sport Live Streaming (UK), others


It’s Champions League time! The way Barcelona are playing in La Liga right now, it’s really good to have a break from domestic disappointment. What’s really bad is that Barça have to play Tottenham at Wembley, with Spurs needing a win to recover from their 2-1 loss to Inter Milan in Matchday 1.

Barça dominated PSV Eindhoven and won 4-0 with a tremendous team performance and a Lionel Messi hat-trick. That feels like forever ago, but maybe playing another European game will help Barça find their best football again.

To make this game slightly less difficult, Tottenham are not in good form themselves and are playing quite poorly in the Premier League. To make matters worse, they’ll face Barça without their two most creative players, their best midfielder, their best defender, and their goalkeeper might be drunk at kickoff.

This should be fun. Or not. Who even knows anymore with this Barça team?


POSSIBLE LINEUPS

Barcelona (4-4-2): Ter Stegen; Semedo, Piqué, Lenglet, Alba; Vidal, Rakitic, Busquets, Coutinho; Messi, Suárez

Tottenham (4-4-2): Lloris; Trippier, Alderweireld, Sánchez, Rose; Lamela, Dier, Winks, Son; Lucas, Kane


PREDICTION

Both of these teams are playing so badly that it’s impossible to imagine what the hell is going to happen in this game. My feeling? A crazy, open, memorable 90 minutes with really bad defending from both sides: 3-3 draw.