Lyon vs Barcelona UEFA Champions League Lines & Game Info

Lyon vs Barcelona UEFA Champions League Lines & Game Info

Written by on February 18, 2019

We are getting down to the nitty-gritty in the Champions League, as we are now in the Round of 16, which means we are edging ever closer to the final later this year. We saw 8 teams in action last week, with the other 8 teams set to go in games split between Tuesday and Wednesday. Given that we are getting into the later rounds, it stands to reason that we are looking at the best of the best, although there are a couple of surprise teams still alive, at least for now.

One of those teams who could be in trouble at this stage of the tournament is Lyon, as they have been drawn against Barcelona in the Round of 16. The first leg of this affair will be played in France, with the home team probably looking to try and avoid giving up the away goal, which could prove to be a killer. Barcelona is a ½ goal favorite for the first leg, with the total goals set at 3.

Lyon vs Barcelona UEFA Champions League Lines & Game Info

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Previous Matches

  • Lyon Victories: 0
  • Lyon Goals: 7
  • Barcelona Victories: 4
  • Barcelona Goals: 16
  • Draws: 2

Why bet on Lyon?

Lyon made it through the group stage without taking a loss, but they were not what you would call overpowering in any way, with 5 of their 6 group games ending in a tie. What they were, though, was fun to watch, as they played an open, exciting brand of football both at home and away. After winning their opener, they tied 5 straight games, scoring 10 and giving up the same amount. They cannot really afford to get into that type of game against a team as talented as Barcelona, though, as giving up a goal or two in the home leg may prove to be too tough to come back from.

That said, if they can escape this one with a win or a tie, they may have enough firepower to get the job done in the return leg. Maxwel Cornet is their leading scorer in CL play with 3 goals, which tell you that they spread the scoring around.

Expected Line-up

  • 1-Anthony Lopes
  • 6-Marcelo
  • 4-Rafael
  • 20-Fernando Marçal
  • 22-F. Mendy
  • 5-J. Denayer
  • 28-T. NDombèlé
  • 8-H. Aouar
  • 11-M. Depay
  • 18-N. Fekir
  • 27-M. Cornet

Why bet on Barcelona?

Barcelona also made it through the group stage without taking a loss, although their path to the Round of 16 was a little more emphatic than that of Lyon. Barcelona won 4 and tied 6, posting a goal difference of +9 along the way. It is perhaps no real surprise to learn that it was Lionel Messi who did most of the damage, scoring 6 and assisting on another in the 6 group stage games.

Lyon vs Barcelona is going to be a close one.

While you might be looking at Barcelona as a sure bet to go out and beat a lesser team, things tend to be a little more different once we get to the knock-out stages. Don’t be surprised to see Barcelona adopt a more defensive stance, especially if they sneak an away goal.

Expected Line-up

  • 1-M. ter Stegen
  • 3-Piqué
  • 20-Sergi Roberto
  • 15-C. Lenglet
  • 2-Nélson Semedo
  • 4-I. Rakitić
  • 22-A. Vidal
  • 5-Sergio Busquets
  • 7-Philippe Coutinho
  • 10-L. Messi
  • 9-L. Suárez

Expert Pick & Final Score Prediction for Lyon vs Barcelona

Things always get a little tighter once we get to this stage of the tournament, so don’t expect to see either team really go into all-out attack mode. I like the UNDER in this one and would not be surprised to see these two play to a tie.

Score: Lyon 1 – Barcelona 1