Spurs head to the Nou Camp knowing anything but a win will see them crash out of the competition at the first hurdle.
Barca have nothing to play for having already sealed qualification.
So there is a small glimmer of hope that the Catalan giants can afford to rest their Argentinean superstar ahead of their trip to Levante on Sunday.
Messi was at the Bernabeu to watch the Copa Libertadores final on Sunday evening further fuelling speculation that he will be rested.
Boss Ernesto Valverde has already admitted that striker Luis Suarez will not play after he returned from injury to face Espanyol.
Valverde insists he will rotate some of his first-team players and give opportunities to the likes of Carles Alena in midfield.
Munir is expected to start in attack alongside Philippe Coutinho while Thomas Vermaelen could make a surprise appearance in defence.
Back-up keeper Jasper Cillessen is set to start in goal.
For Spurs Harry Kane is fit and boss Poch will pack his midfield in order to prevent Barca's possession-based football.
Tottenham will be missing right-backs Kieran Trippier and Serge Aurier who are both injured.
So youngster Kyle Walker-Peters is expected to be thrown into the deep end in Spurs' hopes of snatching a famous result.
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