After a wasteful night full of chances for Barcelona, the first leg of their Champions League round 16 tie with Lyon ended goalless.
Barcelona have excelled in European football, winning the Champions League five times, most recently in 2015. However, since then their rivals Real Madrid have won three consecutive Champions Leagues. The Catalan giants will be desperate to pounce on Real Madrid's exit from the competition at the hands of Ajax. Lyon, on the other hand are yet to reach a European final – their best campaign saw them reach the semi-finals in 2010.
Valverde’s men managed to create a long list of opportunities with a total of 25 shots on goal, but failed to make them count. Will Barcelona’s dominance prove too much for Lyon at Camp Nou?
Unsurprisingly, Barcelona are priced as 5/19 favourites. The home team are undefeated in their last seven Champions League matches, drawing three and winning four. Impressively, they have not lost at home in Europe since 2013.
Lyon look to be in for a tough away night on Wednesday and the bookmakers clearly agree, with a number of bookies pricing a Lyon win at a huge 12/1 – worth a punt? The French side are unbeaten in their last ten Champions League matches, but have only tasted victory twice in that time. Their last six games in Europe have all ended in draws, making 6/1 odds look very reasonably priced.
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Barcelona to win and over 2.5 goals in 90 minutes @ 8/13 – BET NOW
Barcelona are in high flying form scoring eleven goals in four games since the first leg of the tie. While Lyon have failed to keep a clean sheet in any of their last three games. With the first leg in mind and the number of chances Barca created and their recent form in front of goal – scoring over 2.5 goals in five of their last eight matches, odds of 8/13 look healthy.
Barcelona to win and both teams to score in 90 minutes @ 33/20 – BET NOW
Lyon have scored in eight of their last nine matches and in all of their last five away Champions League games. Lyon will know how valuable an away goal could be for them at the Camp Nou and will look to press for a goal to take them through to the next round. An early goal from the French side could make this a very interesting tie.
Barcelona to beat Lyon 3-1 @ 17/2 – BET NOW
Barcelona have an abundance of experience in the Champions League and are still in with the chance of winning the treble this season. They will be confident they can improve on their slow start to the tie. Lyon will be a tough side to beat but it is expected that Barca will have enough firepower to see them through.
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