Barcelona play on home soil for the final time this term when midtable Osasuna visit the champions. The Blaugrana trail bitter rivals Real Madrid in the table by one point and will hope to take the title race to the final weekend. Meanwhile, the visiting Rojillos have fared extremely well after achieving promotion to Spain’s top flight last year.
Where and when: Camp Nou, Barcelona – 16 July, kick-off 20:00
Where you can see Barcelona vs. Osasuna: LaLigaTV
Last time: A brace from Roberto Torres earned Osasuna a share of the spoils on Matchday 3 of the calendar. Ansu Fati and Arthur were on the scoresheet for Barca.
Barcelona vs. Osasuna Predictions and Preview
Barcelona are reliant on Los Blancos slipping-up in their quest to retain the championship. Quique Setien’s troops stuttered to a 1-0 victory against now relegated Espanyol before following up the same scoreline away at Valladolid.
There are problems on and off the pitch for the Catalan outfit and the rumour mill has gone in to overdrive in recent weeks over the future of Lionel Messi. The Ballon d’Or holder is thought to be disillusioned with the current state of the football club and could leave at the end of his contract in 2021.
Reports suggest Messi will want to see significant improvements in the squad over the summer and there is likely to be a number of incomings and outgoings in the off season with emphasis on bringing down the group’s average age.
The 33-year-old will be partnered in attack by veteran Luis Suarez and under-fire Antoine Griezmann and the World Cup winner will be the first to admit he has not hit the heights of his Atletico Madrid days.
|Our Eurotips||Odds||Free bets||Bookie|
|Under 1.5 goals||9/2||Offer|
|Barcelona to win 2-0||5/1||Offer|
Griezmann has netted on 11 occasions in all competitions and has struggled in a variety of roles but remains a class act. The attacker is 6/4 to strike anytime while 18-goal Suarez is 8/5 in the same betting. Top scorer Messi is x/x to open proceedings and Barca are 11/4 to clinch a precious triumph.
Chimy Avila will spearhead Osasuna. The forward has 9 strikes to his name from 20 appearances and was a target for Barca in the winter window. Avila is 7/2 to bag anytime as the Rojillos bid for a top-half finish.
Boss Jagoba Arrasate should again be able to call on the services of Ruben Garcia after the wideman’s recovery from injury. Only Avila has scored more than the Spaniard and Garcia is 17/2 to break the deadlock. Osasuna are x/x to claim success on the day.
One to watch for Barcelona: Despite his advancing years Arturo Vidal has been a good signing and the Chilean is 12/5 to register anytime. The ex-Juventus favourite has contributed seven goals and two assists this campaign.
One to watch for Osasuna: Torres has spent the entirety of his career with his hometown club and is 17/2 to notch last. The vice-captain is nearing a half-century of goals for the Rojillos.
Long shot: Setien threw on a third centre back against rock bottom Espanyol to close out the contest and this will not have impressed the Blaugrana hierarchy. The tactician won rave reviews at Real Betis but has failed to impress at Camp Nou and his spell in charge could soon come to an abrupt end. Osasuna, meanwhile, have nothing to lose and a 1-0 away success is 55/1.