Barcelona are struggling for consistency in La Liga this season whereas Osasuna are level on points at14th position in the league table, some feat for the traveling side.
FC Barcelona vs CA Osasuna Preview:
Barca manager Ronald Koeman and his boys still stand at number 13th in the table due to their loose and disheartening performances and absent team spirit lately.
But having said that, Barcelona have somehow outshined themselves in the UEFA Champions League by defeating FC Dynamo Kyiv by 4-0 on Tuesday, even with the absence of key players.
However, Koeman and his side still fall 12 points behind the new leaders Real Sociedad. Hence it is important for captain Lionel Messi & Co. to grasp those 3 points this Sunday evening.
Meanwhile, Osasuna manager Jagoba Arrasate also needs to find one way or the other to boost his team’s recent form. They’ve only managed to pick 1 point past the last 3 games and currently stand just one step behind their opponents Barça.
FC Barcelona and CA Osasuna Team Form:
Barcelona have won the last 10 games out of a total of 15 against Osasuna, and thus tend to have a lead in the upcoming game.
However, in the previous season, Osasuna managed to stun the azulgranas with an amazing 2-1 comeback in 90+4′ minute, thereby leaving them wounded in their own backyard.
Team News and Injury Updates:
The young star Ansu Fati will be of no service to the team, along with Samuel Umtiti and Sergio Busquets who are doubtful as they’re still overcoming their abrasions.
Having picked up injuries during the clash with Diego Simone’s side, Gerard Pique and Sergi Roberto along with Ronald Araujo too are excluded, leaving Barcelona under a defensive plight.
Leo Messi and Frenkie de Jong are likely to start, after Koeman cutting them both some slack off against the Ukrainian squad Dynamo Kyiv in the Champions League.
With being an impressive aid against Dynamo Kyiv, Óscar Mingueza, once again is likely to make his first La Liga debut along with Philippe Coutinho.
As for Osasuna, they have a trail of injuries and might need to salvage without Chimy Avila, David Garcia, Aridane Hernandez, and Darko Brasanac.
Hence, the visitors are slightly bound to have uncomfortable 90 minutes in the absence of key players, but Arrasate does have few changeable options with Ruben Garcia, Nacho Vidal, Jon Moncayola, and Ante Budimir.
Predicted Line-ups and Score:
FC Barcelona (4-2-3-1): Marc-Andre ter Stegen; Sergino Dest, Oscar Mingueza, Clement Lenglet, Jordi Alba; Frenkie de Jong, Miralem Pjanic; Ousmane Dembele, Lionel Messi, Philippe Coutinho; Antoine Griezmann
CA Osasuna (3-5-2): Sergio Herrera; Jony, Unai Garcia, Facundo Roncaglia, Raul Navas; Inigo Perez, Oier Sanjurjo, Jon Moncayola, Nacho Vidal; Ruben Garcia, Ante Budimir.
Prediction: Barcelona 2 – 0 Osasuna
The stakes and pressure are high for both Ronald Koeman and his team, as it is important for them to get their act together in the ongoing league, in order to move to the top half of the table.
Osasuna can also come as surprise but can be ruled out easily by the Blaugranes for having a home game advantage.
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