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Lyon vs Barcelona betting tips: UEFA Champions League last 16 preview & predictions

Lyon vs Barcelona prediction: Lyon 1-2 Barcelona

Will it be Barça’s year in the Champions League?

The 5-times European Cup winners may have won the domestic double last year, but this is the trophy they crave more than any other.

Lyon will certainly be no push overs and this promises to be an entertaining match-up.

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LONDON, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 03: Ivan Rakitić of Barcelona scores his team’s second goal during the Group B match of the UEFA Champions League between Tottenham Hotspur and FC Barcelona at Wembley Stadium on October 3, 2018 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Olympique Lyonnais vs Barcelona: Who will win?

You’d think if the Ligue 1 side are to have any chance of progressing through this tie, they’re going to have to win the first leg.

However, Lyon are 10/3 to take a lead to Camp Nou.

A Barcelona win at Stade de Lyon is 3/4.

A draw is 14/5.

There should be goals.

Both teams to score is 4/9 and over 2.5 goals is 8/15.

Barça to win and both teams to score is 15/8.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 19: Houssem Aouar of Lyon runs with the ball during the Group F match of the UEFA Champions League between Manchester City and Olympique Lyonnais at Etihad Stadium on September 19, 2018 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Lyon’s main goal threat may well be Moussa Dembélé who’s 7/1 to score first and 21/10 to net anytime.

It goes without saying that Lionel Messi will be a threat. The Argentine is 13/5 to break the deadlock and 4/6 to get his 31st goal of the season.

Ousmane Dembélé, a French World Cup winner, is 11/2 to score first and 7/4 to net anytime.

Both Dembélé’s to score is 9/1.

Both Messi and Luis Suárez to score is 14/5.

Olympique Lyonnais vs Barcelona: Match preview

Olympique Lyonnais are back in the UEFA Champions League knockout stages.

Bruno Génésio’s side caught everybody’s attention on matchday 1 with a shock 2-1 win away against Manchester City.

They then drew their subsequent 5 group stage matches and, a 1-1 draw with Shakhtar Donetsk in their final game was enough to see them through.

The 4 points they took of Manchester City proves that they can compete with European heavyweights so can they cause a seismic shock here?

In Ligue 1, they’re well off the pace but then so is everybody else.

They’re currently 16 points behind league leaders Paris Saint-Germain.

However, they did come from behind to beat PSG as recently as February 3, 2019.

Also, Friday night’s 2-1 win over Guingamp means they remain third and they have a 6 point buffer on Marseille and local rivals Saint-Étienne who are directly below them.

Will it be a famous night in France?

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MILAN, ITALY – NOVEMBER 06: Malcom (C) of FC Barcelona celebrates with his team-mates after scoring the opening goal during the Group B match of the UEFA Champions League between FC Internazionale and FC Barcelona at San Siro Stadium on November 6, 2018 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Emilio Andreoli/Getty Images)

The one they want more than any other

Barça meanwhile head north to France in not particularly good form.

Saturday’s narrow 1-0 win over Real Valladolid ended a run of 3 straight draws but continued a run of underwhelming performances.

Having said that, that result means that Barça extended their lead at the top of La Liga to a seemingly unassailable 8 points.

But it’s not the La Liga title or the Copa del Rey that they want.

It’s this one.

Having watched Real Madrid win it for each of the last 3 seasons, Valverde is under pressure to deliver.

They came through a very competitive group unbeaten.

Four wins and two draws from a group that contained Tottenham Hotspur, Internazionale and PSV Eindhoven is very good going.

However, this is where it starts to get really serious.

Will Barcelona rise to the big occasion?

Olympique Lyonnais team news vs Barcelona

Nabil Fekir

LYON, FRANCE – NOVEMBER 27: Nabil Fekir of Olympique Lyonnais takes on John Stones of Manchester City during the UEFA Champions League Group F match between Olympique Lyonnais and Manchester City at Groupama Stadium on November 27, 2018 in Lyon, France. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Bruno Génésio rested a few key players on Friday night but he’ll need all of his bug guns for this one.

Goalkeeper Anthony Lopes could be busy; he’s kept just 8 clean sheets in 32 appearances this season.

At left-back, Ferland Mendy is expected to come back in for Marçal.

On the other side, former Manchester United defender Rafael is unlikely to feature as Léo Dubois is the first choice.

Jason Denayer’s fitness is being assessed but he’s expected to be fit.

Tanguy Ndombélé is another of those who was rested against Guingamp but the 22-year old will be a key man for his side.

He’ll be looking to provide a platform for the exciting attacking talents ahead of him to shine.

However, that will not contain captain Nabil Fekir.

The French World Cup winner is suspended after amassing three bookings in the group stages.

A huge blow.

Memphis Depay and Bertrand Traoré will be dangerous though.

Maxwel Cornet, despite his outstanding performances home and away against Manchester City, has started just 9 times in this campaign and is unlikely to start here either.

Moussa Dembélé will lead the line.

The summer signing from Celtic has 11 goals to his name this season.

Can this exuberant side cause Barcelona problems?

Barcelona team news vs Olympique Lyonnais

Ousmane Dembele

BARCELONA, SPAIN – DECEMBER 11: Ousmane Dembélé of Barcelona celebrates after scoring his team’s first goal during the UEFA Champions League Group B match between FC Barcelona and Tottenham Hotspur at Camp Nou on December 11, 2018 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Alex Caparros/Getty Images)

As for Barça, Ernesto Valverde too rested a few key players at the weekend.

However, he does have a couple of key players out.

Goalkeeper Marc-André ter Stegen will be hoping for his 13th clean sheet of the season.

In defence, Samuel Umtiti will play against his old side if fit, but that’s unlikely.

Clément Lenglet will continue alongside Gerard Piqué.

The other player who’s defiantly out is Arthur.

He’s been their star man in midfield this season despite only joining from Grêmio last summer.

Former Bayern Munich and Juventus man Arturo Vidal or youth product Carles Aleñá will try to fill the void. It’s likely to be the vastly more experienced Chilean.

Further forward, Philippe Coutinho cannot get into the team right now.

That’s partially due to his own poor form but also because Ousmane Dembélé is undroppable right now.

The Frenchman has scored 13 goals and provided 5 assists this season.

He’ll complete a star-studded front three alongside Lionel Messi and Luis Suárez.

Amongst the substitutes will be Malcom and new signing Kevin-Prince Boateng.

Will Barça prove too strong for Lyon?

Predicted Olympique Lyonnais team vs Barcelona

Predicted Olympique Lyonnais line-up vs Barcelona.

Predicted Barcelona team vs Olympique Lyonnais

Predicted Barcelona line-up vs Olympique Lyonnais.

The latest tweet from Olympique Lyonnais pre Barcelona

The latest tweet from Barcelona pre Olympique Lyonnais

All odds mentioned in this article are correct at the time of publishing and are subject to change.

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