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Barca vs Lyon: Predictions, team news & likely lineups

Champions League By: Ikponmwosa Umweni | 12/03/2019

Barcelona welcomes Lyon on Wednesday in the second leg of their Champions League last 16 clashes at Nou Camp after a scoreless deadlocked at 0-0 from the first game.

La Blaugrana was unable to score an all-important away goal and must be wary of a Les Gones side brimming with attacking potential in the likes of Nabil Fekir, Houssem Aouar, Moussa Dembele and Memphis Depay.

But after seemingly returning to form including two wins over Real Madrid in both the league and Copa del Rey Barcelona will fancy their chances of booking their passage into the quarter-finals of the Champions League in midweek.

Team News

Barcelona's biggest worry heading into Wednesday surrounds the availability of Ousmane Dembele after the club confirmed that the winger had suffered a slight hamstring strain in his left leg during the clash against Rayo Vallecano on Saturday.

The Catalan giants will also be without former Arsenal center-back Thomas Vermaelen (calf), whilst Rafinha remains a long-term absentee.

For Lyon, doubts remain over captain Marcelo after the Brazilian seemed to pick up a leg injury during his side's Ligue 1 tie against Strasbourg while a big boost for manager Bruno Genesio with 2018 World Cup Nabil Fekir will return from suspension to face Barcelona, with Lyon knowing an away goal would completely change the nature of the tie.

Head To Head

 

These two have met on seven occasions with Lyon yet to beat Barcelona, with the Spanish giants winning four games and drawing three.

Recent Form

Since the goalless first leg last month, Barcelona have clicked into gear domestically, rattling off five successive victories in  La Liga and Copa del Rey as the Catalans side overcame a spirited Sevilla side 4-2, before doing the double over arch-rivals  Real Madrid in El Clasico. 

Ernesto Valverde's side claimed a famous 3-0 win at the Santiago Bernabeu to clinch a cup final place at the expensive of Los Blancos, before beating them once again just a few days later. 

Barcelona possible starting lineup: Ter Stegen; Semedo, Pique, Lenglet, Alba; Busquets, Rakitic, Arthur; Dembele, L Suarez, Messi

Lyon possible starting lineup: Lopes; Dubois, Marcelo, Denayer, Mendy; Ndombele, Aouar, Tousart; Fekir, Dembele, Depay

Score prediction: Barcelona 3-1 Lyon

 
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