We are at the stage of the Champions League were the big-name teams start to drop like flies. Last week, we saw PSG and 3-time defending champions Real Madrid go out in rather stunning fashion, which makes you wonder who might be next. There are 4 games on tap between Tuesday and Wednesday, with the winners moving on to join the 4 who won last week in the quarter-final draw. With two of the favorites already gone, the door has been opened up for one of the remaining teams to take over the favorite role. It would be hard to argue that Barcelona doesn’t deserve to be in that mix, especially given their history in this competition, plus the fact that they have Lionel Messi leading the way.
Barcelona still has some work to do in their home leg after tying 0-0 with Lyon in the first leg in France. That was a good result for the Spanish giants, and they come into this one as a rather hefty 2-goal favorite. They will be well aware that Lyon knows the way to goal, though, and that an away goal by the French side could complicate matters. The O/U for this one is set at 3 ½.
How to Bet Barcelona vs Lyon UEFA Champions League Odds & Pick
- When: Wednesday, March 13 at 4 PM EST
- Where: Nou Camp, Barcelona
- TV: FS1
- Radio: UEFA.com
- Live Stream: Fox Sports Go
- UEFA Champions League Odds: Barcelona -581 (Total 3.5)
- Barcelona beat Lyon 6-3 (aggregate) in 2008/09
- Lyon yet to win in 7 meetings with Barcelona
- The first leg was the first 0-0 for either side in this season’s competition
- Szymon Marciniak will be the main referee for the second leg
Why bet on Barcelona?
While Barcelona would love to have picked up an away goal in the opening leg, my guess is that they will be more than pleased with the 0-0 tie in France. That takes them to 3 games unbeaten on the road in Champions League play, which is always a good sign for any team with an eye on winning it all.
That said, Barcelona will be well aware that this is a job half done and that they cannot afford to give up an away goal, especially if things are tight throughout. That is what happened in their last home UCL game, where they tied 1-1 with Tottenham in the group stage. The same result here would see Barcelona crash out. If their home league form is anything to go by, Barcelona should be safe. They have gone 10-3-1 at the Nou Camp, scoring 42 and conceding just 16.
- 1-M. ter Stegen
- 3-G. Piqué
- 18-J. Alba
- 20-S. Roberto
- 15-C. Lenglet
- 23-A. Vidal
- 4-I. Rakitić
- 5-S. Busquets
- 10-L. Messi
- 9-L. Suárez
- 11-O. Dembélé
Why bet on Lyon?
In Champions League play, Lyon has turned into the kings of the draw, tying in each of their last 5 outings. That is not necessarily a bad record to have, as a draw may well be enough to see them through here, assuming that they can get that all-important away goal.
The good news for Lyon is that their last 2 road trips in the UCL have ended in 2-2 ties, including a great result at the Etihad Stadium against Manchester City. It has been much the same for Lyon on the road in Ligue 1 play, with 5 wins and 5 draws, as well as 4 losses, in away games. They have scored 21 and conceded 22 in those matches.
- 1-Anthony Lopes
- 14-L. Dubois
- 22-F. Mendy
- 5-J. Denayer
- 28-T. NDombèlé
- 7-M. Terrier
- 8-H. Aouar
- 10-B. Traoré
- 11-M. Depay
- 9-M. Dembélé
Expert Pick & Final Score Prediction for Barcelona vs Lyon
Barcelona is the clear favorites here, but they need to be a little concerned about a Lyon team that knows how to hit on the break and score. At the end of the day, though, I believe that Barcelona is just too strong.
Score: Barcelona 2 – Lyon 0