Lyon will be looking to take advantage of an out of sorts Barcelona side on Tuesday evening in the Champions League. The current La Liga Champions have failed to impress in recent weeks and could be for the taking especially with Lyon stringing together a run of victories in recent weeks. As ever, you will be able to watch Lyon Vs Barcelona Live & Exclusive with beIN CONNECT.
Lyon is taking part in their first Champions League knout out game in seven seasons and will be hoping to arrest the form of five defeats in their last six games at this level in the round of sixteen.
Bruno Genesio's side has improved significantly in recent weeks and has only lost once in their last nine games in all competitions. Lyon will be without influential midfielder Nabil Fekir who will be absent through suspension. Whilst midfielder Tanguy & defender Jason Denayer are injury doubts for the game.
With the absence of Nabil Fekir, much of the creative emphasis will be on Dutch winger Memphis Depay. The 25-year old has been a mainstay in the side this season and has scored five goals so far. The pace of Depay will be a vital asset as they look to break and counterattack on the Catalans.
It’s safe to say that Barcelona has not been at their devastating best in recent weeks. Still, Ernesto Valverde’s side has delivered workmanlike performances to get the result. That was typified on Saturday evening against Real Valladolid as Leo Messi scored and missed from the penalty spot as Barca came away with a 1-0 win.
A host of big names were rested for the La Liga clash and should be available for selection including the quartet of Luis Suarez, Ivan Rakitic, Nelson Semedo and Clement Lenglet who should all return. The game comes too late for former Lyon defender Samuel Umtiti who is still recovering from a knee injury.
Ousmane Dembele returned to first-team action against Valladolid and impressed as a part of a front three with Messi and January signing Kevin Prince- Boateng. The French winger is expected to get the nod ahead of Philippe Coutinho. With the Brazilian struggling for form this season, this could be the opportunity for Dembele to confirm his place in the starting lineup for the business end of the campaign.
It certainly promises to be a fascinating encounter as Lyon take on Barcelona in the Champions League, as ever you will be able to watch all the action Live & Exclusive with beIN SPORTS.