Barcelona vs Lyon 13-03-2019 - Free Betting Tips

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There’s everything to play for as Barcelona and Lyon go into this match following a goalless first leg in the Champions League. While most of the attention seems to be focused on Barcelona’s journey to once again be considered Europe’s top team, commenters often overlook Lyon. Are the headlines not seeing the full picture? Check out the rest of our Barcelona vs Lyon preview for more.

Barcelona vs Lyon Best Odds

13. March 2019 | 20:00
Football » Champions League

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Tip:
Barcelona win
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2/9
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Over 4.5 goals
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Lyon win
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The Barcelona vs Lyon best odds give a clear advantage to the team currently at the top of the La Liga table. The home side come into this contest with a 78% win probability to their opponent’s 8%. Therefore, a bet on Barcelona a safe one, with low-risk 2/9 (1.22) match odds available at William Hill. In contrast, despite their solid performance in the Ligue 1, Lyon are the underdogs here and fans will find high-risk 12/1 (13.00) odds on an away upset at BetVictor. Those who want to stay neutral can instead predict that there will be over 4.5 goals scored to get medium-risk 23/10 (3.30) odds at Paddy Power.

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Barcelona win
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Lyon win
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Barcelona vs Lyon Betting Tips: Form Guide

Barcelona Are Better Than Most Even During Weaker Games

When you talk about a team with the history and reputation of Barcelona, it can sometimes be tough to not let expectations muddy an objective view of their performances. After all, they are on top of the La Liga once more, with a decent points lead. Plus, the Barcelona vs Lyon betting tips have them as firm favourites here.

That being said, their season did have a rough start, and they’ve relied on Messi more often than they should have. Still, if almost any other team had produced performances of this level, praise would be universal. Such is the curse of a team with this level of success.

It’s hard to argue, for instance, with the results the side saw in the follow-up from the first leg. They bested Sevilla 4-2 in an action-packed game and beat Real Madrid twice in a row in both the Copa del Rey and the La Liga. Those games went 3-0 and 1-0 respectively.

However, this was followed up by a rare loss, with the side falling 1-0 to Girona in a surprising result. It’s proof that, while Barcelona may be very, very good on the pitch, they can be beaten. Although that reassurance didn’t do Rayo Vallecano much good, as they lost 3-1 in Barcelona’s final match before heading into this Champions League contest.

Lyon Have Potential But Lack Consistency

Not only are the many positives of Barcelona’s performances overshadowed by their own expectations, but they also cast over the achievements of many of their opponents. When you consider the fact that the first leg went to a draw, alongside the quality of Lyon as a team – they are among the best France has to offer, after all – then you may see many Barcelona vs Lyon match previews as being extremely harsh on the away side.

In the interests of fairness, we’ll go from that first Champions League play-off encounter, just as we did for their opponents. And there’s a lot of similarities. Lyon have had one loss since then – a disappointing 2-0 outing against Monaco – but have otherwise performed quite well. Their 3-1 victory over Caen and especially their 5-1 win over Toulouse were very satisfying outings.

However, it’s the 2-2 draw against Strasbourg which really shows why the majority of Barcelona vs Lyon betting tips for today are so confident in the home team. Lyon looked erratic and uncertain in this encounter. There’s generally a feeling that, despite all their talents, the French side haven’t quite got everything figured out just yet. And against a team as talented as Barcelona, uncertainty can be enough to end in disaster.

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The Last Five Games

Barcelona VS. Olympique Lyon

  • Barcelona Form 4 wins, 1 loss in the last 5 matches
  • Barcelona Goals 11 goals in the last 5 matches
  • Lyon Form 2 wins, 2 draws, 1 loss in the last 5 matches
  • Lyon Goals 10 goals in the last 5 matches
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Barcelona vs Lyon Preview: Recent Meetings

Unfortunately for Lyon, the past may be a bad omen for them. The last time these two faced off was a decade ago back in February and March of 2009. The first leg went to a 1-1 draw, before Barcelona picked them apart in their second meeting, emerging victorious in a comprehensive 5-2 victory.

While you can certainly argue – and we find it hard to disagree – that 2009 is an age ago in the world of football, there is something eerie about how these Champions League meetings have mirrored each other. Worse still, back in 2007, Lyon and Barcelona once again went to a 2-2 draw in one fixture, and then Barcelona won 3-0 at home.

It may be a long time ago now, but there’s a distinct sense that history could repeat itself here.

Barcelona vs Lyon Prediction: Clear Barcelona Victory

We’ll start off by saying that, in our opinion, a lot of bookmakers and commentators have vastly underestimated Lyon here. Some of them appear to have written the French side off completely, which is ridiculous considering their abilities. However, just because we think they are more likely to win than some, that doesn’t mean we think it is overall the most likely outcome on balance.

Lyon have a fighting chance, for sure, but we can’t see any scenario in which we can view them as the most probable winners. Barcelona have been performing better even with a slow start to the season. They’re more confident and experienced with success in this league. On top of that, they have the home advantage. And, as we’ve seen, this isn’t the first time they’ve been in this situation with Lyon and come out on top.

While we think you shouldn’t consider a Lyon victory an impossibility, our Barcelona vs Lyon prediction has to be a strong home team victory.

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