Barcelona and Spartak Moscow will meet in the penultimate match of Champions League group play. Barca currently leads Group G with nine points while Spartak is in desperate need of a victory as they sit in last place with three points.
The last time the Blaugrana took the pitch for a UCL match, they were upset by Celtic. Even though they are still expected to advance, the dominant Spanish side will be looking to get that sour taste out of its mouth before the next round.
Spartak was competitive in the first meeting between the two sides. They actually held a late lead on the road before Lionel Messi woke up and took over the game in the final 20 minutes to pull out a win. It should give some home to the Russian squad in the rematch, though.
Here's a look at all the viewing information for Tuesday's match followed by a preview and prediction as Group G moves one step closer to completion.
Where: Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia
When: Tuesday, Nov. 20 at 12 p.m. ET
Watch: Fox Soccer Channel
Live Stream: Fox Soccer 2Go
Even though there's always a rush to outlandish judgment every time Barcelona loses a high-profile match, Barca fans have no reason to be concerned. Losing to Celtic isn't going to have any type of lasting impact on the UCL hopes.
The Blaugrana controlled the match throughout, holding a huge advantage in the possession battle and creating more scoring opportunities. They just weren't able to capitalize on enough of them to hold off an underrated Celtic side.
It just shows that even the best clubs in the world have an off night every once in awhile. Barcelona bounced right back to score seven goals over its last two league matches. Any concerns about its lackluster finishing were quickly squashed.
When the two sides faced off the first time, Spartak used an aggressive, physical style in an attempt to knock Barca off its game a bit. And it worked for a while before Messi decided to take over like nobody else could.
Barcelona should expect more of the same on Tuesday, especially since it's a road match and Spartak can't afford another loss.
The Spartachi have been dealing with a rash of injuries, including ones to Romulo and Artem Rebrov. Beating Barcelona at full strength is a tough enough task. Having to do it with less is often an impossible task, even for Champions League clubs.
They will rely heavily on striker Emmanuel Emenike to lead the attack. He's netted a pair of goals in UCL play, both against Celtic. If he can have that type of performance on Tuesday, Spartak will at least have a puncher's chance.
Ultimately, however, Barcelona's depth should shine through. Barca wants to make a statement while clinching a spot in the next round, and they should do exactly that.
Prediction: Barcelona 3, Spartak Moscow 1
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