Barcelona entertain Tottenham Hotspur at the Camp Nou on Tuesday night, kicking off at 9:00pm local time. For the hosts, it’s a rather meaningless match, as they have qualification and top spot already assured in the group. For the visitors? It’s the biggest game of their season so far, as a win would guarantee them qualification to the last 16 of the Champions League, but anything less would likely end their campaign in Europe’s top competition.

Home Team: Barcelona

Barcelona have cruised into the knock-out stages in what has been regarded as a very tough group. PSV, Inter Milan and Tottenham spelled out the ‘group of death’ phrase when the draw was made, but Barcelona have had no issue qualifying. They have won four and drawn one, earning them 13 points from a possible 15 – their dropped points came at the San Siro.

Barcelona can effectively put this competition to bed and focus on La Liga, where they currently occupy top spot after beating local rivals Espanyol at the weekend 4-0. It’s not yet known what type of team will be put out on Tuesday, but it’s likely than Lionel Messi, who scored two free-kicks on Saturday, may be rested. In the four previous Champions League seasons, Barcelona have qualified with a game to spare, and have always made between 6-8 changes for their final game. However, despite this, they haven’t lost a Champions League home match for over 5 years.

Away Team: Tottenham Hotspurs

Tottenham are quietly going about their business in the Premier League, as they sit two points ahead of Arsenal and Chelsea in 3rd place. Many are predicting that this season will be a two-horse race in the Premier League, but Tottenham are certainly not ruling themselves out of that just yet.

In Europe though, Tottenham still have a fighting chance of progressing to the latter stages despite gaining only one point from their opening 3 matches which put their qualification hopes in huge jeopardy. It’s in their hands on Tuesday, as all they have to do is match Inter Milan’s result on match day 6, who have an easier fixture as they host PSV at home. However, with Barcelona likely to rest players, and with the likes of Harry Kane and Christian Eriksen being rested against Leicester for this match, they may be capable of inflicting Barcelona’s first home defeat in the Champions League for 5 years.

H2H Head to Head

In the reverse fixture back on match day two, Barcelona won an entertaining match 4-2 at Wembley. In the past, the two sides have only met twice, back in the UEFA European Cup Winners Cup in 1982. The sides drew 1-1 in the first leg, but Barcelona won 1-0 in the second leg at Camp Nou – their only previous meeting at the stadium. Barcelona won the competition that year.

Predictions and Betting Tips

Barcelona are at 11/10 to win, with Tottenham at 2/1. A draw is priced at 29/10. Despite Barcelona already progressing, their squad ripples with quality, and I cannot see them handing Tottenham a win. I feel that Tottenham may choke on the night, and the match will end all square so my prediction is a 1-1 draw at 7/1. As Barcelona naturally attack so often at home, and with Tottenham gunning for the win, I expect there to be plenty of goals in this game, so I’d back there to be more than 3.5 goals at 11/10.

It may be a famous night for Spurs, so if you have a feeling that they are to get an extra special win, you can earn more by backing them to win from behind at 12/1. Finally, Harry Kane will want to get a memorable goal the Camp Nou, so would be foolish not to back him to score at any time, priced at 1/1 (EVENS).

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