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Lyon are up against it in the Champions League, as they welcome the mighty Barcelona to the Lyon Olympic Stadium on Tuesday night, kicking off at 9:00pm local time. Lyon finished runner-up to Manchester City, as Barcelona topped a group that included Tottenham and Inter Milan. Can Lyon cause a shock here?

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Home Team: Lyon

Lyon’s Champions League campaign got up and running by beating favourites Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium back in September but laboured after that to secure 2nd spot with 5 consecutive draws. Lyon have yet to win a home game this season in the Champions, but they haven’t been helped with them playing one match behind closed doors. On the plus side of that statistic, Lyon were undefeated in the group stage, one of only five teams to do it.

It’s an impressive feat but to manage to stay undefeated across two games against Manchester City makes it even more remarkable. The huge blow for Lyon is that Nebil Fekir is missing due to suspension, and he will be sorely missed as he is their key creator. Not only that, but midfielder Tanguy Ndombele is injured with an ankle problem which is also a blow. Despite that, Lyon will understand the magnitude of the match, and try to prevent Barcelona from being at their fluent best.

Away Team: Barcelona

Barcelona were another team that were undefeated in the group stage, in a tricky group that included Tottenham, Inter Milan and PSV Eindhoven. They comfortably qualified as group winners, meaning they play the second leg of this tie at home. Barcelona managed to get 14 points from a possible 18, scoring over an average of 2 goals a game, and only conceded 5. Barcelona look set to win the league again, but manager Ernesto Valverde, who signed a contract extension, knows that the main goal for this Barcelona team is to win that 6th Champions League title.

Watching their rivals Barcelona win the last 3 would have been hard to take for Barcelona, so Lionel Messi and co will know that there is immense pressure on them to win the trophy they last won back in 2015. Aside from Samuel Umtiti in defence who is nursing an ankle, Barcelona will field arguably their strongest side.

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Head to Head Lyon vs Barcelona

Barcelona and Lyon have met each other six times since the turn of the millennium, with Barcelona winning on four occasions, two draws, and no wins for Lyon. The French team have had more success at home, drawing two of their three games at home, back in 2007 and 2009. However, in the return fixtures, Barcelona won both times comprehensively 3-0 and 5-2. The first four matches were group stage matches, but their meeting in the 2008/2009 season was the round of last 16, where Barcelona won 6-3 on aggregate, progressing to the final and winning the Champions League for the 3rd time in their history.

Lyon vs Barcelona Predictions and Expert Betting Tips

bet now betting on football Lyon are underdogs even in the home leg, at 16/5 to get the victory. Barcelona are at 3/4 to win here, and a draw is at 3/1. Over the two legs, Barcelona are overwhelming favourites at 1/7 with Lyon at 4/1. It’s hard to back against Barcelona in either leg, so I expect them to win both matches, and this one I would tip a 1-2 score line at 7/1. Adding striker Luis Suarez to score first as a score cast, can increase the odds up to 28/1.

  It could be a contest between the two Dembele’s as Moussa and Ousmane go head to head, and for them both to score, that is priced at 9/1. Finally, to boost odds on a Barcelona win, you can tip Barcelona to win with a clean sheet at 5/2 or score 3+ goals at 7/4.

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