Tottenham Hotspur v Barcelona Betting Tips: Latest odds, team news, preview and predictions

Tottenham welcome Barcelona to Wembley on Wednesday night looking for their first points in the Champions League this season.

Spurs suffered a disappointing 2-1 defeat at Inter two weeks ago, conceding twice in the final five minutes, and will be out to make amends in the national stadium.

Latest Odds

However, it is Barcelona who are 21/20 (2.05) favourites with Betway to claim the points here and build on their 4-0 win over PSV last time out.

The hosts, who have never beaten their Spanish opponents in a competitive match, are out at 13/5 (3.60), whilst the draw can be backed at 14/5 (3.80).

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Team News

Dele Alli remains out for Spurs, who are in somewhat of an injury crisis after Jan Vertonghen and Mousa Dembele were both taken off at half-time against Huddersfield on Saturday and are major doubts.

Paulo Gazzaniga could continue to deputise in goal with Hugo Lloris and Michel Vorm racing to be fit, whilst Christian Eriksen did not play at the weekend and may miss out again.

Barcelona will be without Sergi Roberto and Samuel Umtiti, with the latter suspended after seeing red against PSV.

Preview

Tottenham have had very little to shout about in the Champions League recently, with their defeat at Inter just another in a line of disappointing results.

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That result now makes it three matches in a row in the tournament they have failed to win, going back to last season’s knockout stage when they drew 2-2 at Juventus before losing the home leg 2-1.

The same can be said for their opponents, though, as Barca have won just one of their last seven away games in Europe and have scored just twice in that time.

Tip and Predictions

With Spurs set to be missing a host of key players and Barcelona struggling away from Camp Nou in the Champions League, the 6/4 (2.50) price on under 2.5 goals with Betway looks a solid bet.

This bet would have paid out in four of the visitor’s last five away games in the competition and could well be the way to go ahead of what is set to be a cagey clash.

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Betting Banner - Best BetUnder 2.5 goals at 6/4 (2.50) for a 1pt stake with Betway

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Ibrahimovic sees ‘bright future’ for Bayern-bound Davies

Zlatan Ibrahimovic sees a bright future ahead for Bayern Munich-bound teenager Alphonso Davies, but advised the winger to make sure he does not show “too much respect” to the big stars.

The 17-year-old agreed to move to Germany after the Bavarian side reached a £10 million ($13.5m) deal with Vancouver Whitecaps that has been tipped as a “bargain” by former Canada coach Octavio Zambrano.

Davies has already made 78 first-team appearances for the Whitecaps but will join his new team-mates in January after the MLS season comes to an end.

And, after coming up against the Ghanaian-born attacker during LA Galaxy’s 3-0 win over the Canadians, Ibrahimovic is convinced he will fit in well at a top club like Bayern.

“If he goes to Bayern, he must be a good player, because the club does not bring bad young footballers,” Ibrahimovic told reporters after the game. “At a club like Bayern, he will learn a lot, if they have seen something in him, then something big.

“I just hope he’s ready when he goes to Bayern, because when he gets there he’ll be lonely and it will be competitive, so he has to be mentally strong.

“If he sees the big players, he should not show too much respect. You go there for one reason: You’re part of the team. It’s up to him to do the rest. I see a bright future!”

The Swedish striker is not the only one to highlight the Canada international’s quality, as Bayern boss Niko Kovac is well aware of what is coming his way in January.

“He’s very young, and he’s very talented. Lots of clubs want to have him,” he said recently. “He’s a young player, and young players, when they are as good as him, are very expensive because a lot of clubs are interested in him – and I’m sure because a lot of clubs are interested in him the price might go up.

“He’s very fast, he’s very talented, he’s very good. I believe he has a very big future if he gets the right training.”

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Betting Tips for Today: Juventus could struggle in front of goal without Ronaldo

Juventus will be hoping the absence of Cristiano Ronaldo is not felt too keenly when they welcome Young Boys to Italy.

The Portuguese winger received a straight red card in the 2-0 win at Valencia two weeks ago and was initially set to miss three games, although UEFA have since reduced the ban to just a single match.

Even without Ronaldo, the incumbent Serie A champions are just 2/13 (1.15) with 888Sport to make it two wins from two, whilst their visitors can be backed at 20/1 (21.0) and the draw is 7/1 (8.0).

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Juventus have won all eight of their matches this season so far and scored plenty of goals to boot, so there is certainly no shortage of potential plays available.

Max Allegri’s men can be backed at 4/5 (1.80) to score over 2.5 goals and that certainly appeals, however there may be some value in backing the opposite at 23/25 (1.92).

For all their dominance, the hosts do not typically put teams to the sword in ways they perhaps could, as evidenced by the fact they have netted more than twice in just eight of their last 25 home games in all competitions.

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In fact, this season alone they achieved that feat just once at the Allianz Stadium and scored three times or more in the Champions League only once in their last 15 there.

Although Juve did not struggle massively without Ronaldo on their way to beating Valencia a fortnight ago, they still required two penalties and may yet find goalscoring opportunities hard to come by without their star man.

The Bianconeri should certainly have few problems seeing off a Young Boys side that were taken apart by Manchester United in matchday one, but it is worth noting the Swiss outfit have conceded just twice since then.

Betting Banner - Best BetJuventus to score under 2.5 goals at 23/25 (1.92) for a 1pt stake with 888Sport

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Why Man City fans still boo the Champions League anthem

Despite recent calls to forgive and forget, the collective antipathy of Manchester City fans towards UEFA and its flagship club competition shows no signs of abating.

Ask a City fan why they boo the Champions League anthem, and indeed why they have not really taken to the competition in general, and you will be presented with a lengthy rap sheet.

As far back as 2012, with City getting reacquainted with European football in the Europa League, UEFA fined the Blues €30,000 for coming out for the second half of a game “up to 60 seconds later” than scheduled. That came one round after Porto fans were fined €20,000 for racially abusing then City striker Mario Balotelli.

Clearly that did not add up, and, the club feel, neither did UEFA’s handling of their finances. City believed they would avoid any Financial Fair Play (FFP) sanctions as they had worked closely with UEFA and met all of its conditions.

Suddenly, however, the goalposts were moved and the club were suddenly £80 million outside the parameters. A hefty fine followed.

The reason? UEFA changed ‘Annex XI’, a clause that had initially stipulated that wages paid to players signed before 2010 (when FFP did not exist) would not count towards City’s books. Crucially, this was after City had submitted their accounts, accounts that would have passed under the previous guidelines.

A sense of injustice began to grow, and that snowballed four months later when fans were shut out of a game with CSKA Moscow, despite many having already booked up their flights and accommodation.

UEFA, three weeks before the match, closed the stadium for three games as punishment for racist chanting. City fans who had made the trip were turned away at the gates, and even barred from an office block that overlooked the stadium, but a crowd of around 650 people – many of them vocal CSKA fans, drinking beer on the terraces (itself a UEFA rule breach) – were let into the ground and watched from the main stand.

City wrote a letter of complaint but UEFA took no action, and the fans who made the trip to Russia felt – and still feel – short-changed.

It was the Moscow incident which sparked the first protest, with the 1894 supporters group urging fans to turn their backs whenever the iconic Champions League anthem was played at the Etihad Stadium. That quickly evolved into the loud booing and whistling that continues to this day.

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And in the years since City fans have felt no reason to change their minds.

In October 2015, UEFA were forced to investigate the club after one of its delegates noted the booing of the anthem ahead of a home game against Sevilla. To the governing body’s credit it did not lead to further sanctions, but the initial stories did nothing to enhance its reputation.

And that December, City were drawn against Dynamo Kiev in the last-16. This time fans already knew that the Ukrainian champions were midway through a stadium closure and did not make any plans to attend the fixture, which was to take place three months later in February.

UEFA then overturned the stadium ban three weeks before the game, meaning it was too late for most supporters to make suitable arrangements. That was regarded as another botch job.

Not that City fans had softened their stance in the intervening two years but there was a fresh incident at the start of this season, perhaps more worrisome than any others.

Private Eye, the British current affairs magazine, detailed an encounter at an awards dinner for football writers in August. Vicky Kloss, a senior figure at City, was confronted and told the club she works for is “an absolute disgrace”. The accuser? UEFA’s auditor.

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Even so, after the defeat to Lyon a fortnight ago some City fans called for a change in attitude. They argued that the club should now be challenging to win the Champions League, and for that to happen the Etihad should be full and the anthem should not be booed.

They take their cue from Pep Guardiola. As soon as he arrived in 2016 he bemoaned the relatively small attendance for a group game with Borussia Monchengladbach, despite the fact the original fixture had been postponed and then rearranged.

He has complained about the turn-out and atmosphere at several junctures since, including on Saturday when, during an answer about an unrelated topic, he said “Our fans cannot come for the Champions League games but they cannot say we don’t deserve to be playing for Man City.”

Many fans feel Guardiola oversteps the mark by telling them what to do and how to act, regardless of the success he spear-headed last season. Indeed, there are plenty of City fans who attend all the club’s Champions League games, home and away, who do not share the manager’s stance.

One section of the City fan-base hopes to embrace UEFA and the Champions League, but they remain a minority. It will be a long time before that changes. 

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World Cup star Rebic offers transfer hope to Man Utd & Bayern for 2019

Ante Rebic snubbed the likes of Manchester United and Tottenham to sign fresh terms at Eintracht Frankfurt this summer, but has offered transfer hope to his many suitors for 2019.

After starring for Croatia as they made their way to the 2018 World Cup final, the 25-year-old became a much sought-after talent.

United and Spurs were reported to be keen on taking him to the Premier League , while Sevilla wanted him in La Liga and Bayern Munich were eyeing up an extended stay in the Bundesliga .

Rebic did ultimately decide to remain in Germany, but there was no move to be made as he committed to a new four-year contract with Eintracht .

He is happy with that decision but admits that a switch could still happen in the near future, telling Goal : “I didn’t want to go anywhere. I feel great in Frankfurt, am playing well and I’m happy.

“There were a lot of offers this summer but Eintracht showed how much they appreciate me.

“They offered me a new contract, I signed it, although they always knew that I would.

“There’s enough time in my career to make a move, perhaps as soon as next summer.”

Eintracht took up an option to purchase Rebic from Fiorentina at the end of a loan spell in 2017-18.

He impressed during that campaign under the guidance of Niko Kovac, with DFB Pokal glory secured along the way.

A fellow Croat is now in charge of German champions Bayern, but Rebic insists he feels just as valued now that Adi Hutter has taken the reins in Frankfurt.

He added: “I have a good relationship with new coach Hutter, he seems like a nice guy and, for sure, he is a good coach.

“My life without Niko Kovac? I don’t have a problem with that and I wish him all the best at Bayern.”

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While Rebic’s focus is locked very much on the present, the events of the recent past continue to conjure up fond memories.

Croatia won a host of admirers with their efforts on Russian soil over the summer, with the performances of national talisman Luka Modric earning him the Golden Ball and FIFA Best Award .

“Luka really deserved it, with his work, approach and ultimately his displays,” Rebic said of countryman he holds in the highest regard.

“He won the Champions League with Real Madrid, took Croatia to another place in the world game, but he remains the same person and I’m very happy for him.

“He deserved these individual awards and we can all be proud that we have the honour to play with the best footballers in the world while with the national team.”

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