La Liga basement club Huesca meet sixth place Barcelona. The hosts have only lost one more match than the Blaugrana but have struggled in attack. Elsewhere, Ronald Koeman all but confirmed his men were out of the title race after falling further behind the two Madrid sides this week.
Where and when: Estadio El Alcoraz, Huesca – 3 January, kick-off 20:00
Where you can see Huesca vs. Barcelona: Premier Sports 1
Last time: Barcelona had 75% possession but still failed to break down Los Azulgranas
Huesca v Barcelona Predictions and Preview
Rafa Mir will lead the line for Huesca and was instrumental in their return to Spain’s top flight. The Wolverhampton Wanderers owned striker was sent on loan to Nottingham Forest at the start of the 2019-20 campaign but saw the spell cut short after just five months.
Mir was swiftly picked up by Los Azulgranas last January and averaged one in two in the Segunda. The loanee is 17/2 to break the deadlock and was reportedly on Diego Simeone’s radar as a squad option in the summer. Team-mate Shinji Okazaki is 11/4 to net anytime and Huesca are 11/2 to claim only their second league win of the year.
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|Martin Braithwaite to score last||17/4||Offer|
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Visitors Barcelona are now seven points adrift of Los Rojiblancos, but the frontrunners also have two games in hand. Koeman’s mood has been compounded further after Philippe Coutinho limped off in midweek and is now set to miss the next four months of action. On a more positive note, Ousmane Dembele was on the scoresheet against Eibar and only Lionel Messi has scored more under the Dutch tactician.
The World Cup winner is 15/8 to register anytime but will feature after the break if the travelling party begin in a 3-4-2-1 formation. Messi is 13/5 to open proceedings and there are fresh reports the Argentine may renew his contract until 2023 before moving to the US.
Antoine Griezmann is 17/4 to break the deadlock and needs to put in a big performance. Koeman has made no secret of his desire to bring compatriot Memphis Depay to the club and the ex-Manchester United player would be in direct competition with Griezmann.
Meanwhile, set-piece specialist Miralem Pjanic has been favoured to Sergio Busquets in recent weeks and is 9/2 in the anytime scorer market. Barcelona are 2/5 to emerge triumphant and a stalemate is 19/5.
One to watch for Huesca: Sandro Ramirez will be a familiar face for the opponents after graduating from the Blaugrana youth academy. The well-travelled forward left Camp Nou in 2016 and is 7/2 to notch anytime.
One to watch for Barcelona: Pedri has made more La Liga appearances than Messi, Griezmann, Busquets and Jordi Alba this term and has shone in his debut season at the club. The teenager is 3/1 to bag anytime.
Long shot: Huesca have remarkably drawn nine of their first 15 games and if Agustín Lasaosa invests well in the winter market or Los Azulgranas rediscover their cutting edge, any relegation fears should quickly disappear. The home dressing room will take confidence from Barcelona’s inability to break down the likes of Alaves, Cadiz and Eibar and frustrate in a similar manner. A 1-0 success for Michel’s troops is 25/1.