This Saturday’s Women’s Champions League final is hotting up to be one of the heavyweight clashes of the footballing calendar, in a season already rife with drama, sheer skill and breathtaking performances.
Indeed, the Final, which is set to take place at Budapest, will be Barcelona’s first, while their opponents make their eighth appearance, making them strong favourites. Yet, the label of the underdogs could work in favour of Fran Sanchez’s ladies and our Lyon vs Barcelona predictions and betting tips are wagering that they’ll spoil the party.
If they are to upset Lyon and deny them of the quadruple, they will need to throw the kitchen sink at Les Gones.
Lyon vs Barcelona predictions
Both teams come into the clash having earned their progression to the final against tough semi-final opponents.
While the holders had to overcome a Fran Kirby-led Chelsea, Barca had to graft to emerge as 2-0 winners on aggregate against Thomas Worle’s Bayern Munich.
Yet the French side possesses all the in-form players that could be the difference between another trophy and having to give up their mantle to Barcelona.
Wendie Renard will lead their defensive set up, a rock amidst the back four but also capable of chipping in with goals as evident in their first Champions League final win in 2011. What’s more, the 28-year-old has played a part in five of Lyon’s previous final wins, so if they are to secure another title they will need her to effectively suppress the likes of Lieke Martens and co.
Betting on Martens to be the main route to goals and cause Renard and co issues in our Lyon vs Barcelona predictions could be a great projection to punt on – the Dutch forward has racked up double figures in goals in both of her seasons in Catalonia.
Yet Lyon have a forward of their own more than capable of challenging for goals: Ada Hergenberg. The Norwegian forward lit up last season’s campaign with the highest goals tally (15) and will spearhead a formidable attack.
Marta Torrejon and the rest of Barca’s back four will need to be operating at peak efficiency if they’re to keep her quiet for the duration of the 90 minute – a task our betting tipsters expect to be difficult to execute.
Yet despite the odds stacked against them, there is hope for the Spanish side. For all of Lyon’s attacking prowess and verve, Sanchez’s ladies have a stellar defensive record that could be their path to Champions League glory.
Considering that they’ve kept clean sheets in their last seven European games – not conceding for 660 minutes and having scored 17 unanswered goals in that time – they have all the hallmarks of a side capable of doing the impossible.
Perhaps the Blaugranes will be inspired by the performances of Liverpool’s men’s team against their male counterparts in the hope of emulating similar heroics. Who knows?
Barcelona Team News
Luckily for the Barca contingent, their in-form players remain in great health and fitness in the build-up to Saturday’s event.
From Toni Duggan to Martens, Sanchez will be able to field his strongest side against the holders this Saturday at Budapest.
However, they will be without ex-Lyon player Kiera Hamroui, who picked up a red card in the second leg of Barca’s semi-final against Bayern.
Lyon Team News
Meanwhile, the French side are without Izzy Christiansen who picked up an injury on international duty for England during the SheBelieves Cup.
Despite this downfall for the favourites, our Lyon vs Barcelona predictions are still expecting Lyon to unleash the full extent of their attacking capabilities upon Barca.
Lyon vs Barcelona Betting Tips
The brunt of our Lyon vs Barcelona predictions expect a narrow win for the French side, with most bookmakers shaping the odds up at 22/100.
Despite the short odds, the team are strong favourites to get their hands on another Champions League trophy.
Outside our outright markets, we’re also expecting over 2.5 goals, given that the last clash between this weekend’s opponents in last season’s semi-final ended in a 2-1 victory for Lyon.
The betting for such a scoreline to manifest again has been priced up at around 11/2.
With the likes of Hergenberg, Martens and co on the pitch, the first goalscorer helms could go in either team’s favour, so why not place your bets on our markets?