FC Barcelona vs Olympique Lyon / Champions League – Right after the draw it was clear that Barcelona is a great favourite to win Lyon but after the 1st leg the Catalans have no advantage. The first match had ended as a goalless draw despite Barcelona’s dominance and Lyons should be satisfied with such result. Barcelona will enjoy now the home-field advantage and it is chance to finish the job; on top of it they are in good shape and have four-game winning streak. Lyon merely drew last weekend and had lost all three previous matches played at the Camp Nou.
FC Barcelona vs Olympique Lyon begins 13.03.2019 at 21:00 CET
Barcelona is in good rhythm and the rematch of the Champions League round of 16 comes after series of positive results. Everything indicate that the Catalans shouldn’t have any problems to pass the round; they dominated the first match and created number of chance although they failed to score so they don’t have any advantage now, except of playing at home. Surprises already happened in rematches of the round of 16 and Barcelona will be definitely very caution.
They didn’t exactly shined in period when they met Lyon for the first time and besides that draw they played three more in a row. Now, the situation is quite different as they have four-game winning streak out of which two against Real Madrid won away. They reached the final of the Copa del Rey and eliminated the greatest rival from the race for title. Barcelona also won Sevilla and Rayo Vallecano despite that their rivals were first to take a lead. Barcelona has no bigger problems with absences.
Probable lineups Barcelona: ter Stegen – S. Roberto, Pique, Umtiti, J. Alba – Busquets, Vidal, Rakitic – Messi, L. Suarez, Coutinho
Lyon tried to outplay Barcelona in the first match and had played bravely. Fortune favours the brave and in the end they managed to avoid defeat although they could easily suffer a heavy defeat. Lyon comes to the Camp Nout without imperative since they were written off from the moment when their opponent in the round of 16 has become known. The 1st leg showed that are indeed a much weaker team. After tying the result with Barcelona they suffered an unpleasant defeat by Monaco in the French Ligue 1 but then they won Cean and reached the Cup semi-finals. On top of it came sound victory over Toulouse in the league by 5-1.
In the previous round Lyon merely drew away with Strasbourg after they had a lead of 2-0. Dembele scored both goals but they received two in just two minutes and dropped two valuable points. Right now 2nd-placed Lille has even seven points more and Marseille breathe down their neck. Stopper Marcelo is questionable for the match but nevertheless he should play, while compared to the 1st leg they will be stronger for Fekir who couldn’t play then due to suspension.
Probable lineups Olympique Lyon: A. Lopes – Dubois, Marcelo, Denayer, Mendy – Ndombele, Aouar – B. Traore, Fekir, Depay – M. Dembele
FC Barcelona vs Olympique Lyon PICK
Barcelona is a favourite to win and it would be great sensation if the Catalans fail to reach the quarter-finals. They fully dominated the first match and the only thing they didn’t do was to score a goal but they will now and probably more than one. Lyon has nothing to lose, while its forwards are capable to score at the Camp Nou.
Pick: both teams to score
Odds: 1.90 at bet365 (down to 1.80 can be played)
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