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UCL: Barcelona vs Lyon Preview

UCL: Barcelona vs Lyon Preview
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UEFA Champions League

Barcelona vs Lyon Preview

  • Date: Mar. 13, 2019
  • Time: 4:00 p.m. (est)
  • Network: UniMas
  • Location: Barcelona, Spain
  • Venue: Camp Nou
  • Seating Capacity: 99,354

Barcelona and Lyon will face at Camp Nou in the second leg of their matchup.

The 0-0 draw from the first leg left both side with lots of tension.

Nonetheless, Barcelona would have a hypothetical upper hand playing at home.

Meanwhile, Lyon will try to go for the stunner similarly to what others have done as of late against Spanish sides.

The Blaugranas come to this game with a 3-1 win over Rayo Vallecano. Meanwhile, Lyon took a 2-2 draw against Strasbourg in Ligue 1.

Team News

Ernesto Valverde will be without Thomas Vermaelen and Rafinha. Additionally, Ousmane Dembele is doubtful after picking up an injury against Rayo in league play.

Meanwhile, Bruno Gensio has doubts over Lyon captain Marcelo. Additionally, Nabil Fekir returns from suspension and will add to the French side’s attacking efforts.

Lineups and Prediction

Barcelona XI: Ter Stegen; Semedo, Pique, Lenglet, Alba; Busquets, Roberto, Rakitic, Arthur; Messi, Suarez.

Lyon XI: Lopes; Dubois, Marcelo, Denayer, Mendy; Ndombele, Aouar; Traore, Depay, Fekir; M. Dembele.

Los Blaugranas have been in a similar situation before this season. However, they should be very cautious against Lyon who brings a speedy counter attack effort.

Lyon will probably send Memphis Depay to the sidelines to spread the field. However, Barcelona will depend on the magic from Lionel Messi.

Despite a slow start, Luis Suarez will open it up for the Catalan side to bring home another win.

Barcelona 3 – 1 Lyon

 

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