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Olympique Lyonnais vs Barcelona Match Preview, Team News, Lineups
The reigning La Liga Champions Barcelona travel to France to take on an in-form Lyon in the round-of-16 Champions League 1st leg match at Parc Olympique Lyonnais (Groupama Stadium), in Décines-Charpieu, in the Lyon Metropolis, France, on Wednesday night (IST).
What competition it is? Champions League (Round of 16, 1st leg)
Teams: Lyon and Barcelona
Kick Off: Wednesday 20 February
Match Timing: 01:00 AM (IST)
Where the game is played? Groupama Stadium
TV Info: Ten Sports Network has the rights to stream UEFA Champions League matches in India
Lyon finished 2nd in their group, behind Manchester City. Their European adventure started on a dream note, as they won 1-2 at the Etihad Stadium. You won’t believe but that win remains their only victory at the group stage this season.
The reason Los Che managed to qualify despite not winning in their next five games is that they remained unbeaten, drawing the next five, while Shakhtar Donetsk and Hoffenheim were not really up to the task.
But the level of competition and the profile of the opponent in the round-of-16 is at a higher level, the pressure of the knock-out stage is totally different as well. That’s why Lyon must be on their guards for the full 180 minutes across both the legs to have any chance of qualification.
In this game, Lyon are the clear underdog. But the Ligue 1 side can’t be taken lightly, not when they are unbeaten at home in the champion League this season, and certainly not when you look at their record in Europe in the last 10 games, which is just 1 defeat in those matches.
Barcelona can’t go into the match with even a rudiment of complacency, We know the Catalan giants are leading the La Liga and thus are the favorites to win it, but there are signs of fragility within the squad, especially when the opponents are successful in stifling Lionel Messi.
Lui Suarez has lost a bit of pace and is not as deadly without the ball he used to be, while Philippe Coutinho continues to struggle. However, Ousmane Dembele’s return from the injury means Ernesto Valverde could leave the former Liverpool playmaker on the bench.
Recent form (Last six matches)
Olympique Lyonnais –W W W W L W
Barcelona – W W D D D W
BAR vs LYN Dream11 TEAM NEWS: Injuries and Suspensions
Olympique Lyonnais vs Barcelona Team News:
Injured – As far as injuries are concerned, Amine and Jeremy Morel both have been ruled out.
Suspended – In what could be a huge blow, Lyon will be without captain Nabil Fekir who misses out due to a suspension.
Questionable – Star midfielder Tanguy Ndombele is also suffering from an ankle problem, and remains a doubt for the match. Defender Jason Denayer hobbled off against Guingamp at the weekend and is being seen as doubtful for this game. Marcelo suffered a cramp in the same game and will be monitored before the match.
In more news, former Manchester United player Rafael has resumed training and even played practice game last week. But the match fitness could be an issue here and he may not be involved.
Note: Memphis Depay is a new player at Lyon and his stock is rising with each passing week. The former Red Devils’ star has already scored 11 goals and registered 13 assists this season.
Key Players – Memphis Depay, Ndombele
Injured – Injury prone former Arsenal defender Thomas Vermaelen suffered a calf injury against Real Valladolid at the weekend and has been ruled out. While midfielders Arthur and Rafinha and goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen remain on the sidelines.
Suspended – Also, Ismael Traore is carrying a knock and he will be assessed ahead of the match.
Questionable – None.
Note: The good news for Barcelona is that the center-back Samuel Umtiti is back in full training. The former Lyon player has been recovering from a knee injury and hasn’t featured for Barcelona since September. However, the manager may not expedite his come-back as he regains his full match fitness.
Key Players – Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez
BAR vs LYN Dream11 Playing 11 – (Probable) –
Olympique Lyonnais– Lopes (GK), Marcal, Marcelo, Denayer; Mendy, Aouar, Ndombele, Tete; Depay, Dembele, Cornet
Barcelona– Ter Stegen (GK), Roberto, Pique, Lenglet, Alba, Busquets, Rakitic, Vidal, Messi, Coutinho, Suarez
BAR vs LYN Dream11 FANTASY TEAM:
INDIA FANTASY PREDICTION:
Barcelona are unbeaten against Lyon in the last six games, winning four times in that period. The last time these two teams met in the knockout rounds was in the 2008-09 season when the Catalan giants recorded a comprehensive 6-3 aggregate win.
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