Barcelona vs Olympique Lyon
Champions League, Europe
Date: Wednesday, 13th March 2019
Kick off at: 20.00 GMT
Venue: Camp Nou, Barcelona, Spain
Being held into a goalless draw in the first meeting, Barcelona are eager to take down Lyon on Wednesday. Battling in the second leg of their Champions League encounter at Home, Blaugrana will push hard for a win.
Barcelona vs Olympique Lyon Possible Lineups
Here are the possible lineups for both teams as they gear up for a potentially intriguing Champions League battle. Let’s take a look at the potential lineups and formation that they could be setting up to help them achieving their target.
Expected Formation: 4-3-3
Probable Lineups: Ter Stegen(g)Semedo, Pique, Lenglet, Alba(def);Rakitic, Busquets, Artur(mid);Messi, Suarez, Dembele(att).
Expected Formation: 4-2-3-1
Probable Lineups: Lopes(g)Tete, Dubois, Denayer, Mendy(def)Tousard, Ndombele(mid);Traore, Fekir, Depay(att mid);M. Dembele(att)
Before heading into this midweek UCL second leg encounter, both teams have already been involved in several previous games. Let’s check out the results that they have been getting recently to have more idea about their current form.
Recent form in all competition (last five matches): DWWWW
Blaugrana have been an excellent soon after their first leg draw against Lyon. Blaugrana went on to win all of their last five encounters, including two away games against Real Madrid.
That double wins over their arch rival should bring an enormous confident ahead of the midweek. Ernesto Valverde’s side will be looking to defeat Lyon in such convincing fashion.
Recent form in all competition (last five matches) :DLWWD
Meanwhile, Lyon themselves have been in a decent run losing only one out of their last five games. Bruno Genesio’s side did managed to collect two victories along with two draws during those stretch of games.
The French side latest league match was an exciting 2-2 draw against Strasbourg. Lyon understand that they are in for a tough encounter, but also acknowledge that they don’t need a win to go through.
Ahead of the midweek battle, Barca doesn’t really have too much injury concern exception of Rafinha who is out for a while. Another player, Thomas Vermaelen is questionable for the midweek encounter.
Many other players are already available through for the Catalan side as Valverde can count on his squad more. However, the tactician will certainly not replace his front three consisting of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Moussa Dembele.
Lyon themselves won’t have too much issue as well with Amine Gouiri and Jeremy Morel the only names confirmed to be out. Meanwhile, there’s doubt regarding the fitness of Fernando Marcal and Marcelo.
Nevertheless, the visitor set to count on Memphis Depay, Moussa Dembele and Nabil Fekir upfront. Goal keeper, Anthony Lopes must be on his best game again this midweek to stop any of Barca’s attacking plays.
Head to Head Records:
Recent five meetings between them have been mostly gone for Barca’s favor with two wins and three draws.
Previous two games at Camp Nou between the two sides have all ended with victories for Blaugrana.
Playing at home, Barca will be in such high confidence that they can take down Lyon. However, the Catalan outfit must be aware that they will face a tough side, which yet to be beaten this season in Champions League.
Lyon will once again arrived with their game plan and hoping to execute it well. This encounter should be an interesting battle, especially if Barca continue to struggle defensively.
Final Score: 2-0