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Lyon vs Barcelona Prediction & Betting tips
In the eighth finals of the Champions League, title candidate FC Barcelona will face Olympique Lyon on Tuesday-evening. The Spaniards are of course top favorite, but the French are very strong this season especially in their own Groupama Stadium.
For the first time in seven years, Olympique Lyon manages to overwinter again in the Champions League. A great achievement, especially when you consider that the French only managed to win a duel in the group stage. Not surprisingly, the group’s most difficult group contest – visiting Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium – they managed to win, and then all five other group matches are all equal. “If you can not win, you have to make sure you do not lose,” Johan Cruijff used to know. Trainer Bruno Genesio made that statement so well.
Olympique Lyon is in the diptych against FC Barcelona, of course, the signed underdog, but from the fact that they knew four points away from Manchester City it turns out that you should not underestimate the French. The French are doing well especially in their own Groupama Stadium. The dress rehearsal last Friday against the last team Guingamp led to a 2-1 victory, while Les Gones also beat leading Paris Saint-Germain at the beginning of this month with the same figures. In the first match against FC Barcelona, however, Genesio can not appeal to star player Nabil Fekir, who is holding a suspension. The Frenchman is good for eleven goals in all competitions this season, so his absence is a heavy blow for the hosts. So this is the time for Memphis Depay to get up and take his team by the hand. The Dutchman recently expressed his wish to make a large transfer, so this is the stage on which you have to show it.
FC Barcelona is on track for winning the double in their own country, but the Champions League is of course the prize that the Spaniards want to win the most. The last time the Catalans took the Big Ears Cup was in 2015 and the last three seasons were already in the quarterfinals of the European champions ball. For a club with the stature of FC Barcelona that is of course not enough, plus the fact that arch-rival Real Madrid managed to write the last three editions of the Champions League on its name is of course a thorn in the face of all FC Barcelona fans.
Just because of the presence of Lionel Messi, FC Barcelona is of course one of the top favorites for tournament win. However, we can not deny that the Blaugrana have not really been in shape in recent weeks. After three draws in a row FC Barcelona finally managed to win again last weekend, although the tight 1-0 win against PhD student Real Valladolid was far from convincing. Trainer Ernesto Valverde is not worried, however: “I saw a team that is warming up to start peaking again. There are now four major matches in which we have to be top. ‘ Still, I insist that FC Barcelona is far too dependent on Lionel Messi, who is working on a historic season again. Last weekend, the small Argentinian was again the match winner, so he tapped the thirty goals in all competitions for the eleventh season in a row. Phenomenal.
Lyon vs Barcelona head to head matches
11.03.09 CL Barcelona Lyon 5 : 2
24.02.09 CL Lyon Barcelona 1 : 1
27.11.07 CL Lyon Barcelona 2 : 2
19.09.07 CL Barcelona Lyon 3 : 0
23.10.01 CL Lyon Barcelona 2 : 3