Lyon vs Barcelona UEFA Champions League Predictions

Sam Watt
By: Sam Watt
Champions League Lyon vs Barcelona
Lyon vs Barcelona Champions League

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La Liga giants Barcelona will be hoping to avoid a Champions League upset as they meet Ligue 1 side Lyon in the Round of 16.

Predictions

With the two clubs having considerable talent in their team, it shouldn’t be an easy game to win for Lyon or Barcelona, but given that the Spaniards will have Lionel Messi back fit, they will be considered strong favourites.

Lyon became the fist team in Ligue 1 to defeat Paris Saint-Germain when they fought back from a goal down to win 2-1 at home. If they can bring the same level of performance to the table against Barcelona, they stand a good chance of getting a positive result.

While Barcelona are renowned for being one of the best sides in world football, their recent form hasn’t shown that. Three draws in a row against Valencia and Real Madrid at home in La Liga and the Copa Del Rey along with an away draw against Athletic Bilbao means the Blaugrana’s lead at the top of the league has been cut down to just six points.

Lyon’s performances in the Champions League this season have been very strange, as they qualified second in their group despite only winning one game. They defeated Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium on match day one but could only manage draws against Hoffenheim and Shakhtar while playing out a 2-2 draw against City in Lyon.

Barcelona, one the other hand, won their group with relative ease despite draws against Inter away and Tottenham at Camp Nou. Wins against Inter at home, Tottenham at Wembley and two wins against PSV meant Barcelona qualified without any real danger.

The away side are favourites to win this game although it may not be a big a margin as many suggest. Across three away games in the Champions League, they only managed to score seven goals (four of which coming in one game against Spurs) while Lyon conceded six in their three home matches. But Barca can win this first leg 2-1.

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Betting Tips

Barcelona are favourites for this clash, while it is also highly likely that both teams will score. Lyon will be aware of how well they can play against top sides in front of their rabid fans and will be determined to give Barcelona a fright this week, and this is among the best online betting odds for this midweek round of action. 888sport have both teams to score as 18/5 when combined with the Barca win.

These are lengthy odds for an outcome which is more probable than they reflect, due to the reputation of the away side. Home advantage should play a big part in this game for Lyon and their fans will be cheering them on, but while they could possibly go into the break level, it’s also just as easy to imagine Barcelona pulling away in the second half, rated at 19/5 by 888sport.

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Head to Head

The history between these two sides dates back to 2001 when Lyon travelled to Spain to face Barcelona in Group F of that season’s Champions League. The French side have never beaten Barcelona, coming closest in a 2-2 draw at the old Stade Gerland in 2007 when free-kick maestro Juninho scored a brace, with Lionel Messi and Andres Iniesta scoring one each for the visitors that day.

Stats

  • The last time these two faced off was in the last 16 back in 2009, with Barcelona running out 5-2 winners and 6-3 winners on aggregate. Thierry Henry got a double while Messi, Samuel Etoo and Seydou Keita also scored for Barcelona.
  • Lyon, at home this season, have been strong but not quite as strong as they’d have liked. Seven wins from 12 games isn’t a bad return although they will be bitterly disappointed in losing to Nice and Rennes in front of their own fans.
  • The Blaugrana’s away travels this season have been just as good as their home form, losing just once on the road. Their only away defeat came early in the season when
  • Leganes shocked them, with Barca only drawing three more games after that loss.
  • Lionel Messi is currently second in the race for the Champions League Golden Boot award after his six goals in the group stage, trailing Robert Lewandowski of Bayern Munich by two.
Sam Watt
By: Sam Watt

Football manager is my life, but have taken up writing to help put all that knowledge playing the game to good use. Follow me for all things European football and gain unexpected knowledge about players and teams you didn't know before. When not playing football manager, I take a break to play with my Sunday League team.

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