UEFA Champions League: Barcelona vs Lyon – preview, line-ups, prediction

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Barcelona and Lyon quite unexpectedly played in a goalless draw in the first match in France. Today, on March 13, the teams have to decide who will qualify to the next stage.

Barcelona in the first match against Lyon made anomalous 24 shots on the opponent’s goal but failed to score. Lyon, in turn, also had a couple of quite good moments. Everything will be decided at Camp Nou today.

Obviously, Barcelona are the absolute favorite of the match. The Catalans almost solved the issue with the champions title in Spain and reached the Copa del Rey final. Now, Valverde can safely focus on the European trophy. Barcelona are dreaming of a treble and the first step for this is today’s match against Lyon.

Lyon have a chance to repeat Ajax and Manchester United’s fate and make a real sensation, after which the whole world will be speaking about the team. All they got to do is knock one of the main favorites out from the tournament. True, the French need to jump over their heads and hope for good luck.

Great news for Lyon is Nabil Fekir’s return. The team’s leader has already spent two matches after recovery and is ready to help his team. Fekir will replace Terrier today. It is the player who played in Nabil’s position in the first match. By the way, with Fekir, Lyon have a little more chance in the game against Barcelona.

Possible line-ups:

Barcelona: ter Stegen — Roberto, Pique, Umtiti, Alba — Rakitic, Busquets, Vidal — Messi, Suarez, Coutinho

Lyon: Lopes — Dubois, Marcelo, Denayer, Mendy — N’Dombele, Aouar — Traore, Fekir, Depay – Dembele

Date: 13/03/2019

Time: 20.00 GMT

Venue: Camp Nou, Barcelona

Prediction: 3:1

(Reporting by Nathan Dent, editing by Valerie Cooper)

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