UEFA Champions League
Kick Off: Thursday, 14 March at 1.30 AM IST
Stadium: Camp Nou, Barcelona
Free UEFA Champions League Picks Barcelona vs. Lyon
Some of the greatest nights in UEFA Champions League history have been on Camp Nou – where Barcelona play host to Lyon in the second leg of the knockout tie on Wednesday night. The first Leg of the tie was a goalless draw, not many would have predicted the same scoreline. Yes Barca were struggling to find the back of the net going into the match, but they had their chances at the Groupama Stadium – 25 shots on target none of them found the net. The advantage that Barcelona have is that they did not concede an away goal. Lyon, on the other hand, have drawn all of their last 6 Champions League games and will be looking for an upset come Wednesday night. Lyon’s away record has been poor in the knockout stages of the Champions League; losing seven of their last nine Champions League knockout games away from home (D2), including each of their last four without scoring a goal.
Barcelona have been in fine form recently beating Rayo Vallecano at home (3-1) and arch rivals Real Madrid away from home (1-0) in La Liga. Lack of goals for Ernesto Valverde’s side before the Sevilla game was a concern and, it still seems to be a problem for them even after their recent victories. The Catalan’s would need to improve in this department, which could be crucial to their chances in the later stages of Champions League. All five goals conceded by Barcelona in this season’s Champions League have come in the second-half, including three in the final 10 minutes. Another landmark await Barca as they will attempt to reach their 12th consecutive quarter-finals of the Champions League. There’s only one side who has beaten Barcelona at Camp Nou in European Competition – Metz in October 1984 (4-1).
Lyon’s key player Nabil Fekir will be making his return to the side after his suspension in the first leg against Barcelona – the frenchmen has scored in each of his two Champions League away games this season and is unbeaten in his last eight games in the competition with the French club (W2 D6). Defeats in Ligue 1 against Monaco (2-0) (A) and recent draw playing away at the Stade de la Meinau against Strasbourg (2-2) have dented Lyon’s Chances of entering the Champions League automatically. Lyon players would be mindful of Lionel Messi who has an excellent record at the Camp Nou. Bruno Genesis would know his side won’t have many chances in the match, but he would be hopeful that his team is clinical on counter attack. Depay and Fekir both are more than capable of finding the net and they will look to prove their worth on the biggest stage.
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68% of teams to have drawn 0-0 away from home in the first League of a UCL knockout tie have ended up progressing to the next round (21 out of 31).
Barcelona Have won all three of their home matches against Lyon in the Champions league, scoring 10 goals and conceding only two.
Since losing 3-0 to Bayern Munich at Camp Nou on 1 May 2013, Barcelona have won 26 of their 29 home games in the Champions League (D3).
Lyon last made the final eight in 2009/10.
Barcelona’s Lionel Messi has scored 60 goals in 60 Champions League games at Camp Nou. However, he’s failed to contribute a goal (either scoring or assisting) in eight of his last 11 home/away knockout games in the competition.
Barcelona 3 – 0 Lyon