Looking to find their winning ways once again, Spanish giants Barcelona will take on bottom-dweller Osasuna at EL Sadar Stadium on Saturday.
Barcelona seems to be struggling recently as they have drawn their three consecutive league matches. A late goal by Real Madrid’s captain Sergio Ramos canceled out Barcelona’s lead which led to a tie in El Clasico last weekend. A win in that match would have made the Blaugrana only three points away from their arch-rivals Real, but the draw restored the Los Blancos lead over Barcelona to six points again.
Barcelona, with 28 points, is currently in second place of the La Liga table, while Real Madrid tops the standings with 34 points to their credit.
Osasuna’s season has been nothing short of a disappointment so far. They have managed just a single win in their 14 league matches played. With mere seven points in their pockets, they remain in the last place of the league table.
Luis Enrique’s men have been highly superior to Osasuna when it comes to recent matches. Barcelona has won four of their recent six matches against Los Rojillos.
Team News: Osasuna
Injury concerns for Abelardo Fernandez Antuna’s team are relatively minor, as few players are unfit for selection.
Both Javier Flano and Didier Digard will miss the match against the Catalan Club due to knee-ligament injuries.
Osasuna’s forwards have hugely struggled to score goals this season. OriolRiera, the center-forward, should step-up his performance and score goals to help his team get back on winning ways.
Barcelona, obviously, will try and take control of the midfield in the game. Hence, the likes of Gonan Causic, Imanol Garcia and Roberto Torres should try to give a tough fight in the midfield and control the possession of the game.
Osasuna: Predicted Line-up (4-4-2)
Perez – Clerc, Alvarez, Oier, Flano – de las Cuevas, Garcia, Torres, Causic – Kenan, Riera
Team News: Barcelona
Neymar, Jr. will be unfit to play against Osasuna as he is undergoing a treatment. The forward also missed the mid-week’s Champions League tie against Borussia Monchengladbach due to a muscle injury,
Defender Jeremey Mathieu also isn’t available for the Blaugrana due to a calf injury.
Influential captain Andres Iniesta displayed an impressive performance in the European tie last Tuesday. His recovery from injury has been a major boost for Barcelona.
Going forward, Lionel Messi will partner up with Luis Suarez, as usual, to ensure victory for the Catalans.
Adra Turan, who scored an amazing hat-trick during the Champions League match, is likely to be given a chance in this match by manager Luis Enrique.
Barcelona: Predicted Line-up (4-3-3)
ter Stegen- Alba, Mascherano, Pique, Roberto – Iniesta, Rakitic, Busquets – Turan, Messi, Suárez
Osasuna vs.Barcelona: Head-to-Head
Total games: 32 (since 1993)
Osasuna wins: 5
Barcelona wins: 19
Osasuna vs. Barcelona: TV Schedule and Channel
In the U.K., the match will be live on Sky Go UK, NOW TV UK, Sky Sports 5/HD UK, and SKY GO Extra. For other regions, the TV schedule can be found in the link here.
Osasuna vs. Barcelona: Prediction
This is the perfect opportunity to grab a win for Barcelona against a side that is struggling after their three consecutive draws in La Liga. The Blaugrana are regaining their fluency in attack as they thrashed Gladbach 4-o. Lionel Messi, who scored his 93rd Champions League goal, will be a key player to assist Barcelona in ensuring their win.
Osasuna, on the other hand, has miserably failed this season so far. The Reds have managed just one win out of their 14 league matches so far and are in the last place of the table. Playing at their home soil might give them some advantage but it will be mighty difficult for them to resist Barcelona’s attack throughout the 90 minutes.
Barcelona is top favorite to win this match.
Final Predicted Score: Osasuna 1-4 Barcelona
Osasuna vs.Barcelona: Betting Tips and Odds
- Osasuna Win: 14/1
- A draw: 13/2
- Barcelona Win: 1/6
- Under 2.5 goals: 2/1
- Over 2.5 goals: 1/3
- Both teams score: 4/5
- Both teams fail to score: 10/11
The odds were provided by Paddypower.
Key Stats to Consider
- Barcelona has defeated Osasuna in nine of their 11 matches in all competitions.
- Barcelona has tied their last three La Liga matches.
- Barcelona has lost just once against Osasuna in their last five league matches.
- Osasuna has won one out of their 14 La Liga matches so far.
- Osasuna has lost their four consecutive league matches.
The Osasuna vs. Barcelona stats were provided by Whoscored.
Osasuna vs. Barcelona: Live Stream
The match can be streamed live online by clicking at this link. The link will be updated just before kickoff.
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