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Lyon v Barcelona

Champions League: Tue, 19/02  Stadium: Parc Olympique Lyonnais

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Barcelona are as short as 8/11 to win, so the value bet would appear to be a draw at 3/1, currently being offered by Bet365. The same firm also has a Lyon win or draw at 23/20, which would follow their pattern in Europe this season of having not lost a game in the group stages.

*Odds correct at time of publication.

One of the most intriguing ties of the second round of the Champions League sees underrated Lyon take on pre-tournament favourites Barcelona at the intimidating Parc Olympique Lyonnais.

Lyon ready to upset the odds again?

Despite sitting third in the French League, with the unenviable task of making the domestic title competitive against the backdrop of runaway leader Paris Saint Germain’s vast resources, Lyon continue to impress in Europe. They were only one of five sides to go through the group stages undefeated, with Tuesday’s opponents also one of the five teams to come through unscathed in the first stage.

Lyon drew five and won only one game to qualify from the group stages, but that win was a memorable 2-1 victory at the Etihad Stadium against Manchester City, as they at times completely overran their more illustrious opponents. They proved the result was no fluke as they held the English Champions to a 2-2 draw at home, a match they really should have also won after creating a number of clear chances, but failing to put them away. Clearly they will not be overawed playing against the Catalan giants, as they chase their first every victory against the five times winners.

Barca out to end Madrid domination

It is no secret that Barcelona players, fans and media alike have grown increasingly anxious and annoyed at having to watch bitter rivals Real Madrid reign supreme in Europe over the last three seasons, and are determined to put an end to their domination. Star players such as Lionel Messi have publicly spoken about prioritizing a winning campaign in the Champions League, even if it comes at the cost of the domestic title.

Fortunately for them, they look to be cruising to yet another title, with the teams around them failing to put them under any serious or sustained pressure. They currently sit a comfortable seven points clear of Atletico Madrid at the top of the table, despite having won only two of their last three league games. An unlikely or uncharacteristic slip up would be required for them to surrender their domestic title, and it feels they will be reserving their strongest line-ups for the Champions League from here on in.

Lyon attackers in the spotlight and shop window

With three goals and two assists in the group games, Lyon’s captain and influential attacker Nabil Fekir continues to enhance his reputation across Europe. A big money move to Liverpool broke down in the summer, for reasons still not entirely clear, but there is likely to be no shortage of suitors this summer should he decide to move on.

Alongside Fekir, Ivorian attacker Maxwel Cornet caught the eye in the group stages, also netting three goals. The fast and pacy forward is still raw in many respects, but is exactly the type of player to worry Barcelona’s defence, particularly at times their lack of speed and mobility.

Barca will be happy to escape with a draw

Lyon’s performances in Europe so far this season suggest this will not be an easy fixture for Barca, and they will more than likely to be happy to avoid defeat in the first leg, with a view to getting the job completed at the Nou Camp. Lyon’s fast and direct approach will definitely cause them problems, but as they showed against Manchester City, they can themselves be open at the back and will more than likely give up some chances to Barca’s own talented attackers.

Barcelona are as short as 8/11 to win, so the value bet would appear to be a draw at 3/1, currently being offered by Bet365. The same firm also has a Lyon win or draw at 23/20, which would follow their pattern in Europe this season of having not lost a game in the group stages.

*Odds correct at time of publication.

 

One Response

  1. David says:

    Wow great prediction on the draw, good analysis will be checking back in for your tips for the second leg!

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