Barcelona will open another Champions League campaign on Wednesday when the La Liga leaders host Russian club Spartak Moscow.
This should be an exciting match because both clubs like to go forward and take chances to score goals. Barcelona will be highly motivated to start their new European season after dominating domestically so far this season.
Lionel Messi and the rest of the Barcelona attack will be a difficult group for Spartak to defend because the Russian club doesn't have the pace and strength needed on defense to prevent the Spanish club from scoring a lot of goals.
Let's look at the live stream information and make some predictions for this match.
When: Wednesday, September 19 at 2:45 p.m. ET
Watch: Fox Deportes
Live Stream: FoxSoccer2Go
Where: Nou Camp, Barcelona, Spain
Messi Will Score a Hat Trick
Messi will be very motivated to play well against Spartak, and help his club take the first step toward another Champions League final.
He led Barcelona with 14 Champions League goals last season, and no one else on the squad had more than four.
A motivated Messi is bad news for Spartak because they don't have any defenders with the ability to stop the Argentinian star 1-v-1. Expect Messi to dominate this match and score a hat trick.
Spartak Will Open the Scoring
Spartak won't be afraid of Barcelona, or the atmosphere at the Nou Camp. They will be well prepared for this match, and will open the scoring.
Even though Barcelona normally plays spectacular in front of their home fans, their defense has shown signs of weakness multiple times in the early part of the season. The Catalan Club has just one clean sheet in all competitions thus far.
Expect Spartak to score the first goal, and give Barcelona an early wake-up call.
Barcelona will be tested by Spartak, but they won't be defeated by the Russian club. Barcelona's depth in the midfield and on the attack will prove too much for their inferior opponents.
In league competition, Spartak never play anyone close to the talent level of Barcelona, so it will take them at least the first half to get used to the speed and pace at which the Spanish side play.
The Spanish club will take three points with a convincing win over Spartak, and start their group-stage run in fine form. This will probably be the most exciting group-stage match on Wednesday; expect plenty of goals.