How strong is FC Barcelona really? This question is clarified for the Catalans almost every season only in the Champions League. The last title in the premier class was for Barca in the season 2014/15. Then Messi and Co. had to watch as the great rival Real Madrid won the Henkel pot three times in a row. After the early end in the quarter-finals in the preseason against AS Roma Barcelona wants to finally win the Champions League again. But in the second round, the men of coach Ernesto Valverde get to do with Olympique Lyon.
Lyon vs Barcelona Football Betting Predictions
The first leg in the duel between OL and Barca will take place on Tuesday evening in the Groupama Stadium. For Lyon, the moves in the championship and the League Cup have already left this season. Only in two competitions Olympique can still celebrate success this season: in the Champions League and in the French Cup, where the team has reached the quarter-finals. If you look at the game Lyon vs Barcelona on the odds of bookmakers, the guests are the favorites. But the betting base comes to the conclusion in their preliminary report that Lyon at home can be a very unpleasant opponent, which is difficult to beat. Thus, we set our tip on the “Double Chance 1X” at Lyon vs Barcelona.
Lyon – Statistics & Current Form
For the first time in seven seasons Lyon have again reached the knockout stages of the UEFA Champions League. Overall, OL is for the tenth time in the round of the last 16 in the premier class. The first three knockout rounds were won by the French. In the last six attempts Olympique but failed five times. Bruno Génésio’s team has lost just once in their last ten European games. Lyon have also been able to set an exclamation point against favorites this season: on the opening day of the CL group stage, OL defeated Manchester City 2-1 away.
“We will prepare very hard to survive this time.” Lyon President Jean-Michel Aulas
At the penultimate weekend Les Gones inflicted their first league defeat in Ligue 1 PSG 2-1. Lyon won 2-1 at home to league leaders EA Guingamp on Friday. In the game, the coach sparred players such as left-back Ferland Mendy or striker Memphis Depay. Coach Génésio has to relinquish playmaker Nabil Fekir due to suspension on Tuesday. Certainly only Amine Gouiri will fail. Center-back Jason Denayer and midfielder Tanguy Ndombelé are beaten. Whether they can play is still uncertain.
Expected formation of Lyon:
Lopes – Dubois, Marcelo, Denayer, Mendy – Aouar, Ndombélé – Traoré, Diop, Depay – Dembélé
Last matches from Lyon:
- 15.02.2019 – Lyon vs. France. EA Guingamp 2: 1 (Ligue 1)
- 10.02.2019 – OGC Nice vs. Lyon 1: 0 (Ligue 1)
- 07.02.2019 – EA Guingamp Vs. Lyon 1: 2 (Coupe de France)
- 03.02.2019 – Lyon vs. PSG 2: 1 (Ligue 1)
- 27.01.2019 – Amiens vs. Lyon 0: 1 (Ligue 1)
Barcelona – Statistics & Current Form
In Barcelona, only titles count. In the La Liga, the Catalans have celebrated three championships in the last four years. Barca won the Spanish Cup last four times in a row. In the Champions League, the last title but for their own circumstances for much too long ago. In the Spanish league, the blaugranas are clearly on course for the next championship again this year. After 24 games, Barcelona have a seven-point lead over their closest rival, Atletico Madrid. At Barca they are convinced that they are on the right path with coach Ernesto Valverde. So the contract with the coach in the previous week until 2020 was extended. Under Valverde Barcelona again shows magic football, but can also offer surprisingly poor performances.
“The team is ready to show their best version. But Lyon is a tough opponent, they have great players and they are good in the front and in the back. ” – Ernesto Valverde
One of the bad performances was the dress rehearsal for the CL match on Saturday at home against Valladolid. Coach Valverde spared regulars like Suarez or Rakitic. For Arturo Vidal or newcomer Kevin-Prince Boateng ran in the starting eleven. But the leaders of La Liga could not convince. In the 43rd minute Messi converted a penalty to the final score of 1: 0. However, the Argentinian awarded another penalty in minute 85. After all, Dembelé showed a promising performance after his three-week injury break. In the Champions League Barcelona will certainly show another face again. The Catalans have played 14 knockout rounds in the premier class. The FCB continued 12 times. Seven of the last 19 away games in the premier class could win Barca. In Lyon, guests have to do without Arthur, Jasper Cillessen and Rafinha. The use of Samuel Umtiti is still questionable.
Expected formation of Barcelona:
ter Stegen – Semedo, Pique, Lenglet, Alba – Arthur, Busquets, Rakitic – Dembele, Suarez, Messi
Last matches of Barcelona:
- 16.02.2019 – FC Barcelona vs. Valladolid 1: 0 (La Liga)
- 10.02.2019 – Athletic Bilbao vs. FC Barcelona 0: 0 (La Liga)
- 06.02.2019 – FC Barcelona vs. Real Madrid 1: 1 (Copa del Rey)
- 02.02.2019 – FC Barcelona vs. Valencia 2: 2 (La Liga)
- 30.01.2019 – FC Barcelona vs. Sevilla 6: 1 (Copa del Rey)
Lyon vs Barcelona Direct Comparison
So far, there have been six matches between Olympique Lyon and FC Barcelona. The French are still waiting for the first victory against the Catalans. OL did not get past two draws. Both draws made Lyon in their own stadium. In addition, there were three defeats for Lyon at the Nou and a home defeat in October 2001. In knockout duels with Spanish clubs, there have been three wins and three defeats for Olympique. Barca’s record against French teams with a return match is four wins and three defeats. In France, the FCB ran eleven times so far. There were four wins, three draws and four failures.
Lyon vs Barcelona Best Bet of the Day
The starting position before this round of the last 16 is clear: Anything but getting ahead of the Catalans would be a big surprise. In this Champions League season, Lyon and Barcelona are still unbeaten and our prediction is clear. Barcelona conceded only one defeat in the last 17 CL games. OL last played draw five times in a row. It looks like Lyon will put a big focus on the premier class this year. In addition, one has for ten years still a bill with Barca open. At that time, Olympique failed clearly in the second round to the Catalans (1: 1, 2: 5).
Key Facts – Lyon vs Barcelona tips
In the last ten European games OL had to accept only one defeat
Barca conceded in the latest 17 CL games only one defeat
Lyon have not won against Barcelona in six games
Looking at both games, Barca is certainly the clear favorite to progress. In important games Lyon often shows a particularly strong performance. Also PSG coach Thomas Tuchel says about Lyon that the team is a very complicated opponent who could play at a very high level. In the previous three home games against Barca Olympique managed at least two draws. In the knockout round Barca has also been waiting for five away games for a win. There was a draw here and four defeats. Lyon suffered only three home defeats this season, two in the league and one in the League Cup. We believe that Barcelona will not win and put Lyon in the match. Barcelona our tip on odds of 2.15 on the “Double Chance 1X”.
As an alternative bet offers in the game Lyon vs Barcelona the tip “Both teams to score“. Lyon has been in every CL match this season so far. The last three home matches ended with a 2: 2. Also Barca remained only in one of the last five CL away games without own goal. Overall, the crowd got to see in the duel Barca against OL so far 3.8 hits on average.
Betting Prediction: Double Chance 1X