Barcelona vs. Lyon: Champions League prediction, pick, TV channel, live stream, watch first leg online, time
The Champions League round of 16 carries on this Tuesday when Barcelona, one of the favorites in this competition, goes on the road to take on Lyon in the first leg. Barcelona is rolling in La Liga play, hoping to make the final of the Copa del Rey and aiming to move a step closer to the quarterfinals ahead of the return leg. Lyon, meanwhile, is full of confidence and has the talent to make this an interesting tie as long as it is patient in defense. Barcelona is one of three Spanish teams still alive, while Lyon joins PSG as the French teams still in the competition.
Here’s how you can watch the match and what to know:
Champions League: Barcelona vs. Lyon
Date: Tuesday, Feb. 19
Time: 3 p.m. ET
Location: Groupama Stadium
TV channel: UniMas
Streaming: fuboTV (Try for free)
Odds: Barcelona -135 / Lyon +360 / Draw +280
Barcelona: Lionel Messi and company are favorites to win the competition and have looked spectacular for most of the season. But last time out against Athletic Bilbao in La Liga, the club failed to score for the first time all season. They’ll plan to bounce back in a big way and get at least a goal, knowing at home they can do what is needed to advance.
Lyon: This team has proven it can compete with the big boys, evident by the win over Manchester City in the group stage. Lyon also just handed PSG its first league defeat, so the belief will be there. But because of how sharp Barcelona’s attack has been and Lyon’s ability to get results on the road, they’ll likely play a bit conservative here. The goal should be to not concede a goal first and foremost, entering the second leg with life.
Barcelona vs. Lyon prediction
Lionel Messi scores twice and Barca earns a narrow victory to put one foot into the quarterfinals.
Pick: Barcelona (-135)
Lyon vs Barcelona: TV channel, live stream, squad news & preview
The Catalans meet opponents who negotiated the group stages of the Champions League undefeated – can they pick up a victory at Parc OL?
Barcelona will want to put their unconvincing recent form behind them when they travel to face Lyon in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 clash at Parc OL.
The Catalans successfully negotiated Group B without suffering a single defeat in six games, running out winners with some to spare over Tottenham, Inter and PSV.
Lyon, meanwhile, also came through the pool stages unscathed, but they drew five of their six games. As a warning to Barca, though, their single victory came away to Manchester City.
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Game Lyon vs Barcelona
Date Tuesday, February 19
Time 8:00pm GMT / 3:00pm ET
Stream (US only) fubo TV (7-day free trial)
TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch
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US TV channel Online stream
Univision Deportes / UniMas fubo TV (7-day free trial)
In the United Kingdom (UK), the game will be broadcast on BT Sport 3 and can be streamed via BT Sport Live.
UK TV channel Online stream
BT Sport 3 BT Sport Live
Squads & Team News
Position Lyon squad
Goalkeepers Lopes, Gorgelin
Defenders Dubois, Tete, Rafael, Denayer, Marcelo, Solet, Marcal, Mendy
Midfielders Ndombele, Aouar, Tousart, Diop
Forwards Traore, Depay, Cornet, Dembele, Terrier
Lyon are missing star man Nabil Fekir, which means that Memphis Depay is likely to occupy the No.10 role.
Tanguy Ndombele and Jason Denayer were both doubts in the build up to this clash, but it is expected that OL boss Bruno Genesio will gamble on the fitness of both from the outset.
Rafael is fit again but Leo Dubois is set to play right-back.
Former Celtic striker Moussa Dembele will lead the line for Lyon, having been in a rich vein of form lately.
Possible Lyon starting XI: Lopes; Dubois, Marcelo, Denayer, Mendy; Ndombele, Aouar; Traore, Depay, Cornet; Dembele
Position Barcelona squad
Goalkeepers Ter Stegen, Pena, Ezkieta
Defenders Semedo, Pique, Lenglet, Murillo, Sergi Roberto, Wague, Umtiti, Jordi Alba
Midfielders Rakitic, Busquets, Vidal, Boateng, Alena
Forwards Messi, Suarez, Coutinho, Malcom, Dembele
Barcelona’s greatest headache is the absence of Arthur in their midfield. There is no clear frontrunner to take his place, with Sergi Roberto, Arturo Vidal and Philippe Coutinho all candidates to start.
Samuel Umtiti is fit to face his former club but fellow Frenchman Clement Lenglet is set to be handed the opportunity to feature as no risks will be taken over the World Cup-winning centre-back.
Jesper Cillessen, Thomas Vermaelen and Rafinha are all out.
Possible Barcelona starting XI: Ter Stegen; Semedo, Pique, Lenglet, Jordi Alba; Sergi Roberto, Busquets, Rakitic; Messi, Suarez, Dembele