Lyon are preparing to welcome Barcelona to the Groupama Stadium on Tuesday and the Ligue 1 outfit certainly won’t be any pushovers in this Champions League encounter.
With just one defeat in their last nine outings in all competitions, Lyon are on an impressive run of form and currently find themselves in third place in the French top flight.
Head coach Bruno Genesio has got his team organised and playing some great football this season, with Lyon being a really tough nut to crack in Europe.
Les Gones managed to get through a Champions League group that included Manchester City, Shakhtar Donetsk and Hoffenheim without losing a game.
After beating Pep Guardiola’s City 2-1 in their first outing of the competition, Lyon went on to draw their following five games, and they are 21/20 with a double chance against Barcelona.
Making sure Barcelona don’t get too much of an advantage before the return leg at Camp Nou is vital if Lyon have any ambitions of progressing, so expect the hosts to keep things tight at the Groupama Stadium.
Barca might be sitting pretty at the top of La Liga but things have not been plain sailing for Ernesto Valverde’s side in recent weeks.
The Blaugrana have drawn three of their last four outings in all competitions and the goals have dried up in that time, as they have found the back of the net just four times, which is low by their high standards.
This game really looks set up to be a tightly-fought contest, with neither side wanting to give away too much before the second leg.