Foot Predictions shows the La Liga clash on Saturday between Osasuna and Barcelona, including hunches, preview and possible lineups.
Barcelona will try to keep the pressure on La Liga leader Atletico Madrid when he continues his campaign in the league far from improving Osasuna Saturday night.
Ronald KoemanOsasuna’s team is second in the table, five points behind Atlético, who have one game less, while Osasuna’s impressive recent streak has led them to 12th place.
Osasuna will enter Saturday’s competition in impressive form after adding nine points in their last four matches, including a 1-0 win away from Alavés last weekend.
Los Rojillos had been dropping the table in the early stages of 2021, but is currently 12th in the division, just two points behind 10th-placed Athletic Bilbao in the same number of games.
Osasuna have found it difficult to score goals this season, scoring just 23 goals in 25 league games, but have conceded just 33 goals, which is strong considering their position in the table.
Jagoba ArrasateThe team, which finished 10th in La Liga last season, has been inconsistent in its own patch this season, adding just 15 points in 12 matches.
The four Second Division winners suffered a 4-0 defeat when they traveled to Camp Nou in late November, but points were shared in the 2-2 draw when the two last met at El Sadar Stadium.
Barça, for their part, will enter this match after a 3-0 victory against Sevilla in the second leg of the Copa del Rey semifinal, which led the team to the final with the aggregate score of 3-2.
Koeman’s team also beat Sevilla 2-0 in the league last weekend, adding 53 points this season, five points behind leaders Atlético, who still have one game left.
Atlético and third-placed Real Madrid will face each other on Sunday afternoon, which means it could be an important weekend for Barça, as they seek to narrow the gap in the Diego simeoneon the side.
The Catalan giant has had its problems this season, but will enter the clash with Osasuna after three consecutive victories, where he has not conceded a single goal, and there are suggestions that Lionel Messi could be ready to sign a new contract with the club.
However, three of Barça’s four league defeats this season have come on their travels, and they have not won at Estadio El Sadar, in Spain’s top flight, since December 2016.
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Osasuna will again be without the services of Facundo Roncaglia and Chimy Avila for this weekend’s contest while Darko Brasanac, Ruben Martinez and Inigo Perez doubts remain.
Coach Arrasate may seek to bring in an extra midfielder after last weekend’s victory over Alavés, with Jon Moncayola potentially coming to the side for Ante Budimir.
Enric Gallego and Kike Barja are options for the final third of the field, but Jonathan Calleri should lead the line with the support of Roberto Torres and Ruben Garcia.
As for Barça, Philippe Coutinho, Ansu Fati and Sergi roberto everyone will definitely be absent again, while Miralem Pjanic and Ronald Araujo doubts remain for the contest.
Koeman is expected to make changes to Wednesday’s Copa del Rey clash, with Antoine Griezmann and Trincão potentially appearing in the final third of the field.
Jordi Alba and Sergino Dest were lateral against Sevilla, but can return to the positions of lateral in this game, while Pedri he should also start despite having just gotten rid of an injury in Wednesday’s match.
Possible initial lineup of Osasuna:
Herrera; Vidal, Aridane, D Garcia, Cruz; Torro, Oier, Moncayola; Torres, Calleri, R Garcia
Possible initial line-up for Barcelona:
Ter Stegen; Dest, Pique, Lenglet, Alba; Pedri, Busquets, De Jong; Trincao, Messi, Griezmann
Probability: Osasuna 0-2 Barcelona
Barça have impressed in recent matches and are determined to put three more points on the scoreboard this weekend, before the second leg of the Champions League round of 16 with Paris Saint-Germain; Osasuna has shown many improvements, but we hope that Koeman’s team triumphs.
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