Lyon v Barcelona – Parc Olympique Lyonnais at 20:00 (UTC/GMT)

Olympique Lyonnais will be hosting La Liga champions FC Barcelona on Tuesday to continue their Champions League campaign.

Les Gones have been unbeaten in their UEFA Champions League campaign, securing a win and a draw against Manchester City 1-2 last September and 2-2 last November. They also held TSG Hoffenheim into two draws 3-3 and 2-2, as well as Shakhtar Donetsk 2-2 and 1-1.

Lyon are also beaten only twice out of their last ten games in the Ligue 1: a 1-0 lost to OGC Nice last week and a 0-2 fall to Stade Rennais last December. Last Friday though they beat Guingamp 2-1 and they are also hot when they stunned Paris Saint-Germain 2-1 earlier this month. In the previous month, they beat SC Amiens 0-1 and Saint-Etienne 1-2.

Barcelona, on the other hand, are smoking hot in the Champions League, being unbeaten in all their matches in the current season so far. Last December, they held Tottenham into a 1-1 draw and beat PSV Eindhoven twice 1-2, including a 4-0 thrashing last September. They also beat the Spurs 2-4 last October, and beat Inter 2-0 last October, as well as a 1-1 draw with Milan.

In their La Liga campaign, Barca are unbeaten in their last twelve matches. Their last fixture concluded in a 1-0 victory over Real Valladolid and a 0-2 over Girona. They also beat Leganes 3-1 and SD Eibar 3-0, as well as Getafe 1-2 and Celta Vigo 2-0. Barcelona shared draws as well to Athletic Bilbao 0-0, Valencia 2-2, and Atletico Madrid 1-1.

LATEST NEWS

– Les Gones only injury report is center-forward Amine Gouiri, who is not in the squad during this season.

– Jasper Cillessen is injured with torn muscle bundle and is not expected to return until 15th March this year. Ter Stegen will most likely replace him.

– Rafinha obtained a cruciate ligament rupture and is not expected to play until 24th May and thus will not be featured here.

– Samuel Umtiti has knee injury with unknown date of return to the squad.

– Thomas Vermaelen has muscle injury and will not play in the center-back for Barca on Tuesday.

PROBABLE FORMATION AND STARTING XI

Lyon: 4-2-3-1
Moussa Dembele, Martin Terrier, Nabil Fekir, Bertrand Traoré, Lucas Tousart, Houssem Aouar, Fernando Marçal, Jason Denayer, Marcelo,  Léo Dubois

Barcelona: 4-3-3
Marc-André ter Stegen, Sergi Roberto, Gerard Piqué, Thomas Vermaelen, Jordi Alba, Sergio Busquets, Carles Aleñà, Arturo Vidal, Lionel Messi, Kevin-Prince Boateng, Ousmane Dembélé

KEY PLAYERS

Lyon

Moussa Dembele joined Les Gones from Celtic FC from August. He is the French club’s highest scorer so far with eleven goals out of his 29 appearances in the current season. He had 173 minutes per goal in Ligue 1 scoring seven, including four assists in his 20 appearances.

Nabil Fekir already made eleven goals out of his 27 appearances in the current season. He made eight goals and three assists out of 19 plays in the Ligue 1 as well as three goals and two assists after appearing five times in the Champions League.

Barcelona

Lionel Messi is still the top scorer of Barca with 30 goals out of his 30 appearances in the current season. He appeared 22 times in the current La Liga season and making 22 goals and 12 assists in the way. He also appeared four times in the Champions League and made six goals and an assist. He also played three times in Barcelona’s Copa del Rey campaign with two goals and three assists made along the way.

Ousmane Dembélé plays as left winger for Barca, appearing 29 times and scoring 13 goals. He made 21 appearances in La Liga with eight goals and three assists made along the way. He also appeared four times in the Champions League while also making two goals and an assist.

MATCH PREDICTION

Lyon 1-1 Barcelona

Barca could have easily beat Les Gones basing on an overview of their excellent current form both in the Champions League and La Liga. However, the Spanish top-tier champions have failed to win seven of their 17 away games in the current season. Lyon on the other hand only lost three of their home matches. Thus, an equalizing tally will most likely come out on Tuesday.

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