Barcelona vs Tottenham: UEFA Champions League group stage match prediction
In the match Barcelona – Tottenham on December 11, 2018, the future of the London club will be determined in the battle for the second ticket to the Champions League playoff round. The start of the match at the Camp Nou stadium is scheduled for 23:00 Moscow time.Barcelona The Blue Garnet in the previous round guaranteed themselves the first place in Group B and a ticket to the 1/8 Euro tournament. Departure to the outsider of the group turned out to be not as easy as the fans of the Spanish team expected, and the PSV players created worthy competition for the guests. Difficulties for Barca began to appear from the very beginning of the game, PSV was in no way inferior and competed with the guests on an equal footing. In the first 15 minutes, the “blue garnet” failed to create absolutely nothing at the opponent’s goal, and PSV players were closer to the goal scored, sometimes Ter-Stegen had to enter the game, and when he was powerless, the goal frame helped. The first scoring chance, the players of Barcelona managed to create only in the 31st minute, Arturo Vidal struck a roundhouse kick and only the defender of the hosts at the last moment cleared the ball from the goal line. The first half ended in a goalless draw, but the hosts were closer to the goal scored. Barça needed to change the situation, their leader also understood this, Lionel Messi took over the game and shot into the near corner – 0:1 in the 61st minute. The scored goal allowed the guests to feel more confident and this gave them some advantage. The second goal was scored nine minutes after the first, the author was Gerard Piqué, who played better than others in the opponent’s penalty area and doubled the score on the scoreboard. The Catalans gave up the end of the match, and therefore they were close to losing all their advantage. The intrigue was returned by Luc De Jong, the striker closed the canopy from the flank in the 85th minute, but the hosts did not have enough for more. Outcome – 1:2 and home match Barcelona – Tottenham hosts will spend without unnecessary nerves. Tottenham The tournament task could have been solved for the Londoners, if they had lost in the match of the previous round against Inter, would have played in the Europa League. In the home game, Pochettino’s wards were satisfied only with a victory, so the Tottenham players decided not to waste time and immediately went on the attack on the guests’ gates. The Spurs players decided to focus on long-range shots, since Inter’s defense acted quite low and it was extremely difficult to enter the penalty area. The greatest danger near the gates of the guests was created by the blow of Harry Winks, the midfielder punched from a long distance in the 38th minute, but his blow was taken over by the crossbar. The first half ended in zeros, which did not suit the hosts at all. The second half can be divided into two parts: before the release of Christian Eriksen, and after his appearance on the field. It was Eriksen who gave sharpness to the Spurs’ actions, and it was he who opened the scoring in the 80th minute, the midfielder shot the opponent’s goal from close range. The result is a 1-0 victory for the Londoners, thanks to which they retain the chances of qualifying from the group, for this, the Spurs must definitely take points in the Barcelona-Tottenham match, or hope for Inter’s defeat from PSV. Odds for the match Barcelona – Tottenham on December 11, 2018 Bookmakers from the Pari-Match company believe in Barcelona and believe that the “blue garnet” are closer to victory. Odds for the match Barcelona – Tottenham: Barcelona to win – 2.10; Draw – 3.95; Tottenham win – 3.10. Barcelona – Tottenham Hotspur Tottenham go to Spain with an absolutely clear goal – to win, and especially looking at the fact that their main competitor will take home the outsider of the group. Prediction for the match Barcelona – Tottenham: Tottenham’s total over 1.5, odds – 2.12.