PREVIEW

 

Olympique Lyon are set to host Barcelona at Parc Olympique Lyonnais for the first leg in the Round of 16 of the Champions League. The Catalans will travel to France to face the in-form Lyon side in a crucial contest. Lyon will be pumped to take on the Spanish champions in their backyard. The home side would be hoping for another dominant performance in front of their home crowd. Ernesto Valverde must be eager to emerge victorious in their trip to France to sustain their ambition of European glory this season.

Barcelona are currently sitting comfortably at the top of the ladder in the Spanish league. The visitors have a slight edge over their opponents, but there are still specific concerns with their defense. The defending La Liga champions have to remain consistent in the knock-out stages if the Champions league if they want to lift the title. They have looked vulnerable against a quality counter-attacking side and Lyon will be ready to expose those holes in the backline. Having considered the best team in the world, Barcelona would be focusing to bring back the Champions League trophy at the Camp Nou.

Olympique Lyon, on the other hand, have a bunch of really talented players in their ranks. The hosts have the ability to push the Catalans hard and exploit their defensive fragility. Apart from Messi and Dembele no other player looks threatening with the ball as they focus on their possession game. Luis Suarez has also not been consistent this season while Philippe Coutinho is struggling to find any form in this tournament. Having defeated Manchester City at Etihad Stadium, Lyon started their European campaign on a high. But unfortunately, they failed to capitalize on that win and drew all their remaining five games.

Both the teams must be ready for the knock-out stage pressure in order to qualify for the next round. Lyon needs to play fearless yet sensible football throughout the 180 minutes if they want to stay alive in this tournament. However, the Spanish team would be hoping to play with total freedom and let Messi dictate terms.

 

GAME DETAILS

 

Date: Wednesday, 20 February 2019

Time: 01:30 AM IST

Venue:  Parc Olympique Lyonnais, Decines-Charpieu, France

League: Champions League

Live Telecast: Sony Network

Online Streaming: Sonyliv (Website, App)

 

 

Recent Form (Last six matches)

 

Barcelona – W D D D W W

Olympique Lyon – W L W W W W

 

Head to head

 

Barcelona – 2

Olympique Lyon – 0

Drawn – 2

 

 

Team News

 

Barcelona:

  • Luis Suarez will return to the starting lineup for this game.
  • Arthur, Rafinha and Jasper Cillessen will miss the game.
  • While Samuel Umtitti still remains doubtful to start.
  • Marc Andre Ter Stegen will be the goalkeeper for Barcelona.

 

Olympique Lyon:

  • Memphis Depay is set to feature in the starting XI.
  • Nabil Fekir is suspended for Olympique Lyon.
  •  Amine Gouiri has been ruled out due to injury.

 

Key Players

 

Olympique Lyon- NDomele, Traore, Memphis Depay

Barcelona- Messi, Suarez, Rakitic

 

Probable Playing 11

 

Barcelona –

Stegen (GK), Roberto, Pique, Lenglet, Alba, Rakitic, Busquets, Vidals, Messi, Suarez, Dembele

Olympique Lyon–

Lopes (GK), Dubois, Marcelo, Morel, Mendy, NDomele, Tousart, Aouar, Traore, Dembele, Depay

 

FUNTUSH XI

 

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