Barcelona are in title-winning form in La Liga, as they continue to chase down league leaders Atletico Madrid. The Catalan giants are aiming to extend their impressive unbeaten run away to Osasuna on Saturday night, having dispatched Los Rojillos with ease earlier in the season.
Where and when: Estadio El Sadar – 6 March, kick-off 20:00
Where you can see Osasuna vs. Barcelona: Premier Sports
Last time: Martin Braithwaite, Antoine Griezmann, Philippe Coutinho and Lionel Messi were all on target as Barcelona scored twice in each half to beat Osasuna 4-0 at the Nou Camp in late November.
Osasuna v Barcelona Predictions and Preview
Somehow, after such a tumultuous summer and poor start to the season, Barcelona remain very much in the La Liga title race as we head toward’s the campaign’s climax. Not only that, they look like the team most capable of reeling in leaders Atletico Madrid, ahead of this trip to Osasuna on Saturday.
Ronald Koeman may have seen his team taught a lesson by Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League the other week, but the Barcelona coach has led the same band of players to a 15-match unbeaten run in La Liga.
The Blaugrana have won 12 of those, and head into this weekend’s action just five points behind Atletico, albeit having played a game more than Diego Simeone’s side. Barca’s 2-0 victory away to Sevilla last weekend was huge, as they became only the second team in 14 fixtures to beat Los Nervionenses, along with Atleti.
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The challenge for the Catalans now is to go on a long winning run to further pile the pressure on the league leaders, and they are 29/50 to do so with a win in this Osasuna v Barcelona preview. The home team are priced at 5/1, while you can back the draw on Saturday at 10/3 with William Hill.
Osasuna have managed to climb away from the relegation zone following a run of four wins in their last six matches. Jagoba Arrasate’s side only conceded two goals in beating Granada, Eibar, Levante and Alaves, losing 2-0 to Sevilla and 1-0 to Real Betis in the other games in that sequence.
A six-point cushion to the bottom three means Los Rojillos can approach this game without too much pressure on their shoulders. The hosts can also spend the whole week preparing for this fixture, with Wednesday’s Copa del Rey semi-final second leg clash with Sevilla occupying Barcelona.
However, Barca have hit their stride in La Liga, and they have a great record against Osasuna. Los Rojillos did beat them 2-1 in an empty Nou Camp last season, but Barca were eight unbeaten against them before that, winning six. Another victory for the Catalans looks the likeliest outcome here.
One to watch for Osasuna: Ante Budimir has gone two games without a goal, but scored four in three before that. Osasuna’s top marksman for the season is 10/1 to get back amongst the goals with the opener on Saturday.
One to watch for Barcelona: Lionel Messi is the 29/10 favourite to break the deadlock in these Osasuna v Barcelona predictions, after returning to form of late. The Argentine is La Liga’s top scorer with 19 goals in 23 appearances so far this season, and always carries a significant threat.
Long shot: Barcelona have scored 26 goals in their last five victories over Osasuna, at an average of 5.2 per game. Away from home, they’ve averaged 2.6 goals across their last five wins at El Sadar. A 3-0 Barca victory this weekend is priced at 12/1, rising to 43/1 with Messi scoring first.