Undefeated Lyon is Barcelona’s rival on Wednesday, March 13, in a duel for the return round of the round of 16 of the European Champions League in its 2018/2019 edition. The match will be played at Camp Nou, Barcelona, starting at 17h (Brasília time).On French soil, the first leg went down 0-0. Thus, winning takes place. Goal draws benefit the visitor and repetition of the equality without moving the marker causes the achievement of the extension. In extra time the goal scored away from home also serves as a tiebreaker in favor of the France team. Only if the marker remains zeroed will the decision be made through penalty kicks.Qualifiers for the quarterfinals will be submitted to a new draw. Contrary to what happened earlier when teams from the same country and who had stayed in the same group in the first round could not face each other, this time there is no restriction on crosses.
One of the most interesting games of this week is scheduled on Wednesday, March 13th, starting at 22:00, Romania time, on “Camp Nou”, where, within the return round of the Champions League final finals, they meet FC Barcelona, Spanish champion and French team Lyon. The match will be arbitrated by a 38-year-old brigade run by Szymon Marciniak.
Following his style of using only the strength needed to get the result he needs, Barcelona received Rayo Vallecano, the team that is in the relegation zone of the Spanish Championship on Saturday, March 9. He was a disadvantage, but turned 3-1 to reach 63 points (19 wins, six draws and two losses).He increased to 11 games (seven wins and four draws) his unbeaten run and retained the lead of seven points against Atletico Madrid, second place of LaLiga, and now there are 11 days left for the end of the dispute.With his rival finishing only once in the direction of Barcelona’s goal – just the one that came in, coach Ernesto Valverde did not even bother to take out of the field earlier athletes like Messi and Suárez, since the team from Catalonia was not submitted to much effort.He took advantage of the game to make tactical experiences such as exchanging a scoring midfielder, Brazilian Arthur, by a side attacker, Frenchman Ousmane Dembélé, which may be the option for the encounter with Lyon.The only limitations the coach faces to set the lineup for the encounter with the French are the bruises of Belgian defender Thomas Vermaelen and Brazilian midfielder Rafinha. Neither of the two, however, is the head of the team. Thus, losses can not be considered as embezzlement.
After seven matches, Lyon remain unbeaten in the 2018/2019 Champions League. The series, however, is far from spectacular except for the first result. In their debut, the French team defeated the powerful Manchester City, by 2 to 1, in England. Then there were six draws.Equality was also his most recent result. On Saturday, March 9, for the French Championship, he was 2-2 with Strasbourg when he fulfilled his commitment for the twenty-eighth round. With 50 points (14 wins, 8 draws and 6 losses), he is third on the leaderboard. He is seven points behind Lille, runner-up, and three in front of Olympique de Marseille, four placed.That would be enough to allow him to play in the Champions League qualifiers next season. The team is still in contention for the French Cup title. He will play the semi-final against Rennes on 3 April. Anyway, it makes a season within what one might expect according to its investment capacity.For the meeting on Wednesday, coach Bruno Genésio probably will not be able to rely on the defenders Fernando Marçal and Jeremy Morel, who follow the care of the medical department.
1.History of the matches Barcelona vs Lyon
The teams have had six previous meetings in the Champions League. Four of them still in the group stage. This happened first in the 2001/2002 season. Barcelona won both games. Scored 2 to 0 (home) and 3-2 (outside). It was repeated in 2007/2008. This time the Spaniards won 3-0 at home, but in France there was a 2-2 draw.In the following edition of UCL, in 2008/2009, the duel was in the forest. In the first game in Lyon, there was a tie for 1 to 1. In the second, in Catalonia, Barcelona took the best thrashing by 5 to 2.
2.The shape of the teams and the latest direct results
- Last Online: FC Barcelona vs Lyon: 0-0 away 19.02.2019
- Form FC Barcelona (last 5 games): W L W W W
- Form Lyon (last 5 games): D W W L D
3.Forecasting, statistics and probable teams
Five times winning the Champions League, the last time in the 2014-2015 season, Barcelona remains one of the main favorites to win the trophy this year after the elimination of the big rival Real Madrid. For this, the champion of Spain must first remove the only remaining French team in the competition, Lyon, after a white draw 3 weeks ago on “Groupama Stadium”.In La Liga, Barcelona took off the leaderboard of the leaderboard, with 63 points gathered after 27 rounds, 7 more than the main Atletico follower of Madrid, goal +43 for the Catalans.In the run-up to the Lyon duel on Wednesday night, Ernesto Valverde will not be able to count on Rafinha’s rugged service that will be missing for the rest of the season, while the medical situation of the French Dembele and Belgian Vermaelen is still uncertain, to recover them until the game time.
Probable Team FC Barcelona: Stegen, Alba, Umtiti, Pique, Roberto, Vidal, Busquets, Rakitic, Coutinho, Suarez, Messi
Qualified in the finals of the F-group’s second-place race, including Manchester City, Shakhtar or Hoffenheim, Lyon hopes for a miracle Wednesday night on the “Camp Nou” after he resisted heroically in front of Barcelona disputed on his own ground, managing a precious draw that gives him the right to dream further in the Champions League.In the championship, players prepared by Bruno Genesio seem satisfied with the third position, the one currently occupied, the last one to ensure presence in the Champions League and the upcoming edition of the competition, managing to accumulate 50 points along the 28 stages disputed, with 3 over their main counterpart, Marseille.Good news for the manager of the tournament before the return game Wednesday, the star Nabil Fekir being again able to play in the competition after the suspension of the suspension received for the cumulative yellow card won.
Team Lyon: Lopes, Dubois, Marcelo, Denayer, Mendy, NDombele, Aouar, Traore, Fekir, Depay, Dembele
Football Prediction of the Day Barcelona vs Lyon
Barcelona have not shown under the baton of Ernesto Valverde a charming football. However, whenever you need it, it presents a higher quality game standard. Therefore, the prognosis in his victory seems to be the best option for this Wednesday’s match back to the round of the last 16 of the Champions League 2018/2019 edition.
Bet Tips: Barcelona
Although the Barcelona tour just scored a draw on the French side, the Catalans dominated the game and missed numerous goals. Although we are expecting a beautiful, spectacular game where Lyon will do its utmost to meet the expectations, I do not think Barcelona will have problems in getting the qualification, so I will bet on a home team’s win at the difference at least one goal.
Prediction Today: FC Barcelona -1