Barcelona – Lyon SOCCER PICKS
Barcelona and Olympique Lyonnais measured at Camp Nou, in a return leg of this UEFA Champions League phase (8th Finals), after a (0-0) draw in the first leg. In this game the home factor may be decisive, since Olympique Lyonnais presents considerable differences in their results at home and as a visitor.
After the goalless draw outside in the first leg, the home team needs to win at home to achieve the qualification. This is a team that usually maintains its competitive levels in home and away matches, since in the last 30 matches they register 9 wins, 4 draws and 2 losses in away matches, with 29 goals scored and 12 conceded; against 11 wins, 3 draws and 1 loss at their stadium, with 41 goals scored and 13 conceded. In the last match they played, for the First Division, they beat Rayo Vallecano at home by (3-1). In their last 10 home matches Barcelona has 7 wins and 3 draws.
For this competition, he did not lose any of the last 7 games. Their offense has scored frequently, since they have scored goals in 6 of the last 7 matches for this competition. In their away matches there is a tendency for goals, since 54 of the last 61 matches have ended with Over 1,5 goals and 43 out of 61 have ended in Over 2,5 goals. In 15 games, he got the comeback in 2 of the 5 games in which he suffered the first goal.
Barcelona left for this game with a 3-1 victory at the reception to Rayo Vallecano, adding the fourth win followed in official matches: Piqué, Suárez and Messi scored the team’s goals. We remember that the Spanish drew 0-0 in the first leg of the round of 16 against Lyon. In this game in his stadium, coach Ernesto Valverde must opt for a strategy quite bold, looking to take advantage of defensive weaknesses of the opponent to attack. On an individual level we highlight the Argentine Lionel Messi, player who scored 34 goals in 35 games played. For this game the visiting coach does not have Rafinha and Vermaelen, both injured.
The away team comes to this second leg after a goalless draw with the advantage of not having suffered goals at home in the first leg. This is a team that, oddly enough, was better outside than at home, as in the last 30 matches they register 8 wins, 5 draws and 2 losses in away matches; against 7 wins, 6 draws and 2 losses at their stadium. In the last match they played, for the League 1, they drew with Strasbourg by (2-2). In the last 10 away matches Olympique Lyonnais has won 5, tied 3 and lost 2.
For this competition, it registers a sequence of 6 draws in the last matches and did not lose any of the last 7 matches. The team has conceded goals in 6 of the last 7 matches, so they have not presented great defensive solidity, but their offense has scored consistently, as they have scored goals in 6 of the last 7 matches for this competition. In their away matches there is a tendency for goals, since 45 of the last 68 matches have ended with Over 2,5 goals. In 15 games, he only got 2 comebacks in the 7 games in which he suffered the first goal. In the last 20 home matches for all competitions there is 1 period that stands out: they have suffered 11 of their 29 goals between minutes (61′-75 ‘).
Olympique Lyon left for this match with a draw, 2-2, on the move to Strasbourg, registering the third match without losing in official games: the two goals of the team were scored by Moussa Dembélé. Having tied in the first leg, the French club has a more complicated task in this game away from home. In this way, coach Bruno Genésio must keep his usual 4-3-3, with Cornet, Terrier and Cornet being the most offensive team references. It should be noted that striker Moussa Dembélé is the best scorer of this team, with 15 goals scored. For this game the visiting coach can not count on Morel and Gouiri, both injured.