Lyon vs Barcelona
UEFA Champions League
Date: Tuesday, 19th February 2019
Kick-off at 20.00 UK/ 21.00 CET
Venue: Parc Olympique Lyonnais (Lyon).
At the start of the season, Lionel Messi promised Cules to bring back the beautiful trophy of the Champions League back to the Camp Nou. And when La Pulga gives you word on something, you believe it.
After dishearteningly witnessing their eternal rivals being crowned champions for the last three years in a row, Barca has had enough. It’s time they put an end to it. This season, they have highly prioritized European triumph, and it’s evident from their line-ups alone. Last year, Ernesto Valverde refused to bench main players even for fixtures against the likes of Leganes, and that too 72 hours before a continental tie.
They rightly paid the price for passing on good rest and recovery time and was put to shame by Roma at their home. Never again will the Spanish squad take a minnow for granted.
If you think the Blaugrana is in for a cakewalk, you are hugely mistaken, though. Just two weeks back, Les Gones delivered the first league loss of 2018/19 to PSG, at this same venue. Paris was really hoping to close out their season unbeaten, but the team from Lyon had other plans. Bruno Genesio has also started mind warfares, with claiming that he has a strategy in place to cut out the Argentinean stalwart from influencing the game for Barca.
Let’s wait and see who will have the last laugh.
Lyon vs Barcelona Head-to-head (h2h)
- Ernesto Valverde’s men have a 100% unbeaten record in the 21st century.
- Except for once, the team has always recorded two or more goals, while never failing to find the back of the net.
- At the Parc Olympique Lyonnais, the visitors scored two or more goals in two of their last three visits.
- The Spanish side has progressed to the next round, every time they met in this competition.
Lyon vs Barcelona Prediction
February-March is a tough period for Barcelona, and if possible, they would look to finish out the tie in the first leg itself, rather than take things to be dealt with at the Camp Nou. They have gotten a comparatively easier opponent, considering the other groups that were on offer, but still, they will not make the cardinal mistake of taking the French side lightly.
Seeing their Copa del Rey line-ups, it’s more than obvious that which success is trivial, and which is important to them. Bet your top dollar that the Blaugrana will be coming with nothing but total annihilation in mind.
The return of Ousmane Dembele and Samuel Umtiti to face his former side will strengthen the already over-powered Spanish side even more. Their form, like always, is just astonishing, especially in the games which they take quite seriously. They have lost just four times in their last 39 matches, and also hold the mental edge of never having lost against this opponent in the past two decades.
Additionally, the Kids went winless in five of their total six appearances in this year’s Champions League. Especially, all of their home-ties in the competition ended without a positive result for the team. It would be too much of them to ask to defeat a determined and careful Barca side.
I expect the visitors to put in a fantastic performance, and kill off the tie with some valuable away goals. Leo Messi, the current leading goal-scorer in Europe, and frontrunner for the Golden Boot is a hands-down favorite to find the back of the net at least once. He is the back-to-back Golden Shoe winner, and this whole season had appeared in just two full games where he had not either assisted or scored at least once.
Lyon vs Barcelona Betting Tips
Over 1.5 Team Goals by Barcelona @ 1.60 (3/5)
Lionel Messi to Score Anytime @ 1.75 (3/4).