Lyon did a seemingly good job to hold Barcelona to a goal-less draw in the first leg. But the match-up is now reversed and Barcelona have a great shot to qualify. They will play host to the French side on Wednesday for the second leg of the Champions League round of 16. Lyon probably can’t qualify without scoring so they will need to look for a goal here.
Date/Time: 9-13-2019, 15:00 EST
Spread: Barcelona -1.75
Total: 3.25 Goals
Barcelona fought really hard in the first leg in France but were unable to score any goals. However, the goal-less draw wasn’t such a bad result for them. They can now qualify even with a slim 0-1 win at home. Barca have featured in this round iv every year since 2004/05 and won 12 of those 14 ties. Their home record in this round of the competition stands at 12-1-1, winning each of the last 11 matches. Moreover, Barcelona have won each of their last three home matches against French opposition. Their overall record at home in such ties stands at 8-1-2. When it comes to two-legged ties, Barcelona have a W4 L3 record against Ligue 1 sides, winning each of the last four.
On the other hand, Lyon really struggled to create scoring chances in the first leg. They are actually a really strong side on the offensive end. But having to team up against Barcelona’s defensive mechanism was just too much. Lyon are participating in the round of 16 of the competition for the 10th time. But it is their first try in the last five season and they have lost five of their last six. Their last victory in this round came back in 2009/10 against Real Madrid. Lyon lost four of their first five away games in the round of 16 and have an overall record of 3-4-2. Their record in two-legged ties against Spanish sides reads W3 L3. Lyon have lost just one of their last eight European away fixtures (4-0-3).
The two teams have met on six occasions prior to the first leg in France. Barcelona are undefeated in those six matches (4-0-2) and have won all three previous matches as hosts. They won all matches by at least two goals, also keeping two clean sheets.
Barcelona are a tremendous force, especially at home. They are the huge favorites here but anything can happen in soccer. Lyon know that playing defense hoping to qualify is not a good option. They should score once here in order to have viable chances. There could be goals from both sides here, but Barcelona still have the upper hand.
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