By Anis Bazza
Last Updated: 11th December 2018
Tottenham Hotspur bid to maintain their strong recent form as they head to the Camp Nou for a do-or-die Champions League clash against Barcelona. Spurs know that they must at least match Inter Milan’s result against PSV to qualify for the knock-out rounds.
Barcelona vs Tottenham: Odds and predictions
The Blaugrana have been predictably priced up as the betting favourites for this match-up by the William Hill traders with their odds trading at 11/10 whilst Tottenham find themselves betting at a 21/10 pick for the win.
A sharing of the spoils of war is trading at 3/1 and our Barcelona vs Tottenham predictions and betting tips are backing exactly that.
Maurcio Pochettino’s men won yet another game on the weekend, seeing themselves past Leicester in a relatively straightforward manner. The Lilywhites have won eight of their last nine games since they lost at home to Manchester City with the only blemish on their record being the derby day loss to Arsenal.
Barcelona have been in similarly excellent form coming out on top in 11 of their last 14 matches in all competitions. Ernesto Valverde’s men are the betting favourites once again when Tottenham come to town but with qualification and 1st spot already in the bag and secure, there is a feeling their feet might not be so firm on the pedal.
That’s not if current Champions League top scorer Lionel Messi has anything to say about it.
The Argentinian genius sits top of the pile alongside Robert Lewandowski having already struck six times in Europe’s premier competition. With a goal every 45 minutes compared to Lewandowski’s 74 minutes, he has proved to be deadly in only a handful of minutes.
Messi’s free-kick brace on the weekend against derby rivals Espanyol drew acclaim and disbelief in equal proportion. Consequently, Messi’s odds of scoring anytime stand at an extremely short 6/5.
Barcelona vs Tottenham predictions: correct score, best bet, scorer tips
Having originally been offered at 23/10, the William Hill traders have boosted this bet to enhanced odds of 5/2. And here’s why this wager should be under your consideration:
Pochettino will certainly be amping up the intensity of his side and be expecting them to apply pressure from the get-go. That’s why the first instalment of our Barcelona vs Tottenham predictions are backing Tottenham to score in both halves.
While that may not be enough to see Tottenham qualify for the next round (Barcelona average 2.6 goals per game in the Champions League), it might be enough to see you win some money.
An early goal for Spurs would change completely change the dynamic of the match and Pochettino will surely be attempting to drill that into his players.
Goal-scorer bet: Ousmane Dembele our pick to score anytime, odds betting at 7/4
Messi’s two-goal heroics might have been the difference the last time these two sides faced each other but look closely and you might find there is better value on other goal-scoring markets.
Betting on Frenchman Ousmane Dembele to score then is makes up the goal-scorer bet of our Barcelona vs Tottenham predictions.
The 21-year-old has enjoyed a fine start to his second season at the Camp Nou, playing regularly and contributing on a more consistent basis.
With seven goals and four assists in La Liga and Champions League football this season, Dembele has really come into his own and forced Valverde to reconsider his preferred formation.
Dembele scored a crucial equaliser against Atletico Madrid last month before bagging against local rivals Espanyol last weekend. Our Barcelona vs Tottenham predictions and betting tips are wagering on the Frenchman to do it again in a big game at odds of 7/4.
Barcelona vs Tottenham: Opta Stats
- Barcelona have lost just one of their last 12 Champions League meetings with English clubs (W9 D2 L1), with that defeat coming in November 2016 at Manchester City (1-3).
- Tottenham are winless away from home in the Champions League this season (D1 L1) – they’ve won at least two away points in every previous Champions League group stage.
- Tottenham striker Harry Kane has scored seven goals in his seven Champions League away games.
- Barcelona star Lionel Messi has been involved in 28 goals (22 goals, 6 assists) in 29 Champions League appearances against English clubs.
- Barcelona’s Lionel Messi has scored 22 goals against English clubs in the Champions League; 10 more than any other player (Cristiano Ronaldo, 12 goals).
Anis grew up supporting Manchester City but found joy and solace across Europe’s major football leagues. Increasingly passionate about NBA, he is interested in and has written extensively about different aspects of sport across the years, previously working at Sky Sports News and Sport360 newspaper in Dubai. He studied Journalism at University but spent a large portion of his academic years building City Watch instead - the largest independent Manchester City Twitter account and website.