UCL: Barcelona vs Lyon – Match Preview

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Barcelona vs Lyon is a fixture many predicted will be a one-sided affair. Somewhat similar to what people thought of Lyon vs Man City games in the group stage of the Champions League. But that’s not how football works. People’s opinion doesn’t decide the game, but the on-field player’s performances do. Lyon players have done exactly the same with their on-field performances. They have put in their hard work and made games difficult for their opponents.

Form

Barcelona – DWWWW

Barcelona has put in some impressive performances in their recent games including two victories over arch-rivals Real Madrid. Barcelona’s star striker Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez have been in great goal-scoring touch having scored 4 and 3 goals in the last five games respectively. The only team that managed to stop Barcelona from scoring a goal in the last 5 games was Lyon.

Lyon – DLWWD

Lyon has given some mixed performances on their recent games. They managed to hold Barcelona to a goalless draw at home but then lost away to Monaco by 2-0. In their last three away games in Ligue 1, Lyon has lost two and drew one. Their recent away form hasn’t been as good as their form at home.

Injury/Suspensions

Barcelona – Barcelona’s Rafinha has been ruled out for the season while Dembele and Vermaelen are doubtful for the game, and will be assessed before the game.

Lyon – Amine Gouiri has been ruled for the game. Marcelo and Rafael are doubtful but Marcelo is expected to get fit in time. Fekir has served his suspension and will be available for selection.

Possible Line-ups

Barcelona

Formation: 4-3-3

Stegen; Roberto, Pique, Umtiti, Alba; Rakitic, Busquets, Arthur; Messi, Suarez, Coutinho.

Lyon

Formation: 4-2-3-1

Lopes; Dubois, Marcelo, Denayer, Mendy; NDombele, Aouar; Traore, Fekir, Depay; Dembele.

Score Prediction

Barcelona 3-0 Lyon

Lyon has been poor away from him in recent games and at Camp Nou trend is expected to continue. Messi and Co will have work on their hands but will be expected to win at home against their French counterparts.

Aggregate Score – Barcelona 3-0 Lyon

Barcelona qualifies to the next round.

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