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Olympique Lyon vs FC Barcelona - 2/19/19 -UEFA Champions League Soccer Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Lyon will host FC Barcelona in the round of 16 of the UEFA Champions League.

FC Barcelona have been one of the top teams in the world and they continued their dominance as they won their previous game 1-0. It was a very solid performance by FC Barcelona as the team controlled 62% of the ball while creating 20 shooting chances. Leo Messi was very good as the Argentine superstar scored the only goal of the game. Defensively, FC Barcelona have also been very good in recent weeks as the team has now kept two successive clean sheets in La Liga. Playing away from home is never easy in the Champions League but considering their recent form, Barcelona will enter this match full of confidence.

On the other side of the coin, Lyon also enter this match in top form as the French side recently beat PSG. Lyon continued their top form in Ligue 1 as they won their previous match 2-1. It was an extremely strong performance as Lyon controlled 72% of the ball and completed over 700 passes at an accuracy level of 89%. Nabil Fekir continued his good form as he scored the 2nd goal for Lyon. Playing against FC Barcelona will be a very difficult task but with the match being played in Lyon, the home team will hope to get a result from this fixture.

The last time these two teams met was in 2009 when FC Barcelona won 5-2. The match was played in the Camp Nou in Barcelona.

FC Barcelona is the stronger side but with Lyon playing at home, I see this match ending as a draw. Lyon enters this match in very good form and with the likes of Fekir playing well, I see the home team getting a share of the result.

Pick:
Draw

Based in multiple cities around the world, Avijoy is a sports writer and handicapper with over 10 years experience. Avijoy has been at Sports Chat Place since 2015 and has been covering tennis, cricket and soccer. With a degree in statistics, Avijoy provides detailed mathematical edges which allow him to be successful in predicting winners on a consistent basis.   

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