Barcelona and Tottenham meet in Spain on Tuesday in their final Champions League group stage match. Barca has clinched the group with 13 points, while Spurs and Inter Milan fight for second place. Both teams have seven points and a -1 goal differential entering this game.
Date: Tuesday, Dec. 11Time: 3 p.m. ETLocation: Camp Nou in BarcelonaTV channel: TNTStreaming: fuboTV (Try for free) Odds: Barca -105 / Spurs +230 / Draw +315
Barca: Lionel Messi and company are resting easy. There is no way they can finish second, no matter the result. Because of that, they will likely give some of their more important players a rest.
Spurs: Tottenham is second on head-to-head away goals, so that means if they win, they advance. Tottenham will also advance if they draw and Inter draws.
Tottenham takes advantage of Barca resting some key players, and the English club goes through.
For the home team, this is one of the most unimportant European games they have played in recent memory. Barcelona had a fabulous group stage campaign, with four wins and a draw to clinch first place with scary ease. The Catalan giants are already qualified for the knockout stage, and while coach Ernesto Valverde has promised to make changes to his usual starting team to give younger players some valuable minutes in Europe, Lionel Messi is going to play. And that means Barça always has a chance to win.
For Spurs, the stakes could not be any higher: they absolutely must win to make sure they’ll finish in second place to claim a spot in the Round of 16. If they get a point, they’ll have to hope PSV Eindhoven also draw against Inter Milan in the other game in this group. But Inter is playing at home and are the more talented squad, so the only way for Spurs to ensure they don’t need to pay attention to what’s happening in Italy is to go to Camp Nou and walk out with a famous victory.