Olympique Lyon vs Barcelona
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Olympique Lyon vs Barcelona | Prediction, Betting Tips & Odds
Barcelona travels to Lyon to meet with Olympique at the fantastic Groupama stadium. The hosts are hoping to create another surprise, and after defeating Paris Saint Germain, to break another heavyweight opponent. However, it is easier said than done, because Barca comes here as the biggest favorite to win this edition of the Champions League. Plus, they want one big win against a tough opponent, to erase all the slips they’ve done in recent times.
Lyon was one of the few teams over the past several years who didn’t lose against Manchester City in at least one of two games. It is mostly because of this reason that they managed to progress to the knockout stage of the UCL. With five draws and a win in Manchester, the French team secured the second position in Group F. Barcelona didn’t have any trouble to win Group B. Blaugrana left behind Tottenham, Inter, and PSV.
You see, after defeating PSG two weeks ago, the Kids as the fans call them had two very unconvincing games, In one they lost at Nice, 1-0, and in the latest one this Friday, they barely escaped from a draw versus the last-placed Guingamp, 2-1. One of the visiting players hit the post in the last seconds of the game. The defense of this assembly is not that great, and in 8 of the last 10 games, they allowed at least one goal, which is not very encouraging when you are about to face with Barca.
Everybody is waiting for Blaugrana to start demolishing all the opponents who stand in their way. But Barca plays a bit differently than in the previous years now, and it seems that they don’t want to burn early in the season and reach their top form before the final and the most important games. Valverde’s team is without a loss in six games, but what is interesting is that only two in the previous 7 saw over 2.5 goals. When looking only at away fixtures, four of most recent five concluded with moderate efficiency, meaning 2 or 3 goals. All that is going to change now when the finish of the season starts.
Latest Team News
Jason Denayer and Tanguy N’Dombele received a couple of hard knocks against Guingamp. They are listed questionable for this Tuesday. The same situation is with Rafael. Rafinha, Arthur and Cillessen are out for the guests.
Since 2001, Lyon and Barca played six games. Right now, the Spanish titan has a convincing advantage with four wins and two draws. The most recent game in France was 10 years ago at the same stage of the competition, and it ended with a draw, 1:1. Barca trashed Lyon in the second leg, 5:2.
Odds and Predictions
The odds on Barcelona’s win are quite solid, 1.65. A draw is 4.20, while Lyon’s success is the most unlikely outcome to happen according to these odds, 4.50.
Olympique Lyon vs Barcelona | Top Betting Tip: Barcelona (0-3)
After reading all the above-written, we can’t suggest anything else than to bet on Barcelona’s victory. Lyon’s performances against much weaker teams than their next rival are way below the necessary level for defeating the Spaniards. On the other side, Barcelona will now shift into a higher gear, because it is a knockout phase. There is no way for them to allow the last year’s scenario when Roma eliminated them. Valverde’s boys are going to be very motivated to show their strength right away, and avoid some complicated situations before the rematch. Now, something about goals. Lyon has a fragile defense, and that is a fact. They are not capable of restraining one of the most lethal attacks in the world, and that is also a fact. The only question is how many goals is Barca going to score. If they come out inspired it could be a hard night for the hosts. Our assessment is that this clash is going to see a moderate efficiency, between two and three goals. All scored by the guests. Conclusion, Lyon – Barcelona 0:3.