Barcelona vs Osasuna predictions, H2H and match preview for this Thursday’s game in LaLiga. Read on for analysis, free betting tips and predicted line-ups as the Catalans fight against the odds to take the title race to the final weekend.
by Mark Sochon (@marksoc1)
Barcelona vs Osasuna Preview
Thursday looks set to be the night when Barcelona’s stranglehold on the Spanish league title ends. Their hopes of winning LaLiga for the third season in a row will be over if Real Madrid win their game against Villarreal, regardless of Barça’s result here. All the Catalans can do is take care of their own business and hope for a big favour from the Yellow Submarine.
Deep down, Barcelona may already be starting to plan for the Champions League, even if they won’t admit it publicly. 21 points from 9 games since the restart has actually been an improvement on their overall season points per game average, but it hasn’t been enough to keep pace with Real Madrid who continue to churn out the wins. Whatever happens now Barcelona are on course for their worst points tally in LaLiga since 2007/08, the season before Pep Guardiola took charge.
Osasuna have a tiny mathematical chance of qualifying for the Europa League but they would have to win both games and hope for a lot of things to go right for them elsewhere. Realistically it isn’t going to happen but the fact we are even still mentioning Osasuna and Europa League in the same sentence is testament to how brilliantly they’ve done in their first season back at this level.
Despite their considerable problems on and off the pitch, Barcelona have still only dropped 4 points at home all season long. That’s still quite a formidable record although in terms of the performances they have blown hot and cold since the restart with two less convincing displays following an excellent showing in the 4-1 win at Villarreal. Antoine Griezmann, who was impressive in that game, is out here though meaning Arturo Vidal should feature in the attacking midfield role.
Osasuna meanwhile still have injury doubts over Robert Ibáñez, Unai Garcia and Ruben Garcia heading into this game.
Barcelona vs Osasuna Predictions
Score Prediction: 2-0 Barcelona
Barcelona have only scored more than twice in 1 of their 9 home league games under Quique Setien. There is a pretty clear blueprint for opposing teams looking to at least limit their threat when they play in this manner and Osasuna are highly unlikely to veer too much from it. However Barcelona should still get the job done and seal the win which will at least force Real Madrid to take care of business in their game.
Barcelona vs Osasuna Betting Tips (18+)
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Barcelona vs Osasuna H2H
- Last 6 Competitive Meetings: 4 Barcelona Wins, 2 Draws.
- Barcelona have won their last 7 home games against Osasuna.
- Osasuna have conceded 7 goals on each of their last 2 visits to Camp Nou.
- The sides drew 2-2 at El Sadar earlier this term.
Predicted Line Ups
Ter Stegen – Alba, Lenglet, Pique, Semedo – Puig, Busquets, Roberto – Vidal – Messi, Suarez (4-3-1-2)
Herrera – Lato, Hernandez, Navas, Garcia, Vidal – Barja, Merida, Moncayola, Arnaiz – Gallego (5-4-1)
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