Barcelona will this weekend travel to Estadio El Sadar to play against Osasuna in their early bid to defend the laliga title. This match which pits to teams with to diverse ambitions in the Primera Division will be played on Saturday, 31st August 2019. The match is scheduled to start at 16:00GMT.
The Catalans team is on the quest to defend the title. Despite their dismal start to the season in a 0-1 loss to Athletic Bilbao, Barcelona came from behind to beat Real Betis 5-2 last week. Big-money summer signing Antoine Griezmann showed his worth by scoring a brace.
Osasuna on the other hand are holding their fingers throughout the season to avoid relegation to Segunda Division. To achieve this, they have to start early. With the knowledge of the kind of the team they are going to play against, they are likely to adopt a defense-kind of match and they are capable of holding the visitors at bay. Any early losses in the wee days of the season can put them in a precarious position as the season continues.
Barcelona is likely to miss the services of Luis Suarez but knowing that their key player Leonel Messi is ready to return to the pitch, this should worry The Basques. With the likely coordination between new signing Antoine Griezmann and Leo Messi, an away win should be considered.
Osasuna vs. Barcelona Head to Head
The two sides Osasuna and Barcelona have so far played 34 competitive matches between them. Of the 34 meetings, Osasuna has won 5 direct matches while succumbing 21 times to Barcelona’s tactics. 8 of their meetings ended in a draw. Here is a look into the teams’ 8 most recent meetings and how things played out for them:
- Barcelona 7-1 Osasuna
- Osasuna 0-3 Barcelona
- Barcelona 7-0 Osasuna
- Osasuna 0-0 Barcelona
- Barcelona 5-1 Osasuna
- Osasuna 1-2 Barcelona
- Osasuna 3-2 Barcelona
- Osasuna 1-2 Barcelona
Osasuna has no major injuries that can affect their performance.
Barcelona on the other hand will be more than happy to have Leo Messi among the starting 11 having nursed his calf injury and has been seen in training. However, the services of Ousmane Dembélé, Luis Suarez and Neto will be missed due to hamstring, muscle and broken hand injuries respectively.
Predictions and Odds
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In their last match at Estadio El Sadar, Barcelona won 3-0 and their last matc overall, Barcelona won 7-1. This was so humiliating to Osasuna and they will work extra hard to at least avoid such humiliating defeats. Here are our best predictions for the outcome of the match:
- Barcelona to win
- Both teams to at least score
- Barcelona to win with over 2.5 goals