Barcelona VS Osasuna Live Football Score Match 09 Nov 2022
Barcelona’s final match before the campaign breaks for the World Cup will take place at Estadio El Sadar on Tuesday night, with high-flying Osasuna welcoming the Catalan giants in La Liga.
The visitors will enter the match off the back of a 2-0 victory over Almeria on Saturday, while Osasuna beat Celta Vigo 2-1 to make it 10 points from their last four matches during a strong run of form.Since losing 2-0 at Villarreal on October 17, Osasuna have beaten Espanyol, Real Valladolid and Celta in the league, in addition to drawing 1-1 with Girona, and the strong run has seen them move into fifth spot in the table.
Los Rojillos have won seven, drawn two and lost four of their 13 league games this season to collect 23 points, which has left them level with third-placed Atletico Madrid.
A double from Ezequiel Avila saw Jagoba Arrasate’s side record a 2-1 victory over Celta on Saturday, and the home team will now be looking to make it three victories in a row on Tuesday night.
Osasuna, who have another game against Fuentes in the Copa del Rey on Saturday, suffered a 4-0 defeat in their last clash with Barcelona back in March, but the points were shared in a 2-2 draw at Estadio El Sadar last term.
The Pamplona-based outfit have finished 10th, 11th and 10th in their last three La Liga campaigns, but they were seventh as recent as 2011-12, and a European challenge this term cannot be ruled out considering their results and performances in the opening months of the campaign.Barcelona, meanwhile, will enter the match off the back of a 2-0 victory over Almeria on Saturday night, with Gerard Pique bidding farewell to Camp Nou, as he prepares to retire from professional football.
Pique captained the Catalan giants on what was an emotional night for the centre-back, and Xavi’s side managed to secure an important three points courtesy of second-half goals from Ousmane Dembele and Frenkie de Jong, with the result moving them back to the top of the table.
Barcelona are currently two points clear of second-placed Real Madrid, but the champions would return to the summit if they manage to overcome Rayo Vallecano on Sunday night.
There is no getting away from the fact that the Catalan outfit were hugely disappointing in the Champions League, but they have been excellent in the league this season, winning 11, drawing one and losing one of their 13 matches, scoring 31 times and conceding just four in the process.
Barcelona will be targeting La Liga, Europa League and Copa del Rey success in the second half of the campaign, and it will be fascinating to see what the team can achieve this term, especially as more business during the January transfer window cannot be ruled out.Osasuna will be missing on-loan Barcelona attacker Abde Ezzalzouli due to a thigh problem, while Kike Saverio is again expected to miss out with a tendon injury.
Sergio Herrera also remains a doubt, but the home side have no fresh concerns from their clash with Celta last time out, so it would not be a surprise to see the same XI feature here.
Avila is likely to be joined in the final third of the field by Kike Barja and Ante Budimir, while Lucas Torro, Aimar Oroz and Moi Gomez should again feature as the midfield three.
As for Barcelona, Pique is technically available for this match, but it is unlikely that he will play a part, especially with Andreas Christensen and Eric Garcia now fit and available for selection.
Memphis Depay and Jules Kounde have again been left out of the squad, while Ronald Araujo, Sergi Roberto and Franck Kessie also remain on the sidelines through injury.
Head coach Xavi is expected to make changes to the side that started against Almeria, with Ansu Fati, Gavi, Eric Garcia and Christensen potentially coming into the XI.
Sergio Busquets could potentially drop out of the midfield for the first whistle, with Frenkie de Jong playing alongside Gavi and Pedri in a midfield three.
Osasuna possible starting lineup:
Fernandez; Pena, U Garcia, D Garcia, Sanchez; Oroz, Torro, Gomez; Avila, Budimir, Barja
Barcelona possible starting lineup:
Ter Stegen; Balde, Christensen, E Garcia, Alonso; Gavi, De Jong, Pedri; Dembele, Lewandowski, FatiOsasuna are currently in fifth place in the La Liga standings and have been in impressive form so far this season. The Pamplona-based outfit edged Celta Vigo to a 2-1 victory last week and will look to achieve a similar result in this fixture.
Barcelona, on the other hand, are in second place in the league table at the moment and have stepped up to the plate on the domestic front. The Blaugrana eased past Almeria by a 2-0 scoreline in their previous game and will be confident ahead of this match.Osasuna vs Barcelona Head-to-Head and Key Numbers
Barcelona have a good record against Osasuna and have won 24 out of the last 40 matches played between the two teams, as opposed to Osasuna’s six victories.
Barcelona are unbeaten in their last six away games against Osasuna in La Liga and have alternated between a victory and a draw during this period.
Osasuna have won only one of their last 12 matches against Barcelona in La Liga, with their previous victory against the Catalans coming in 2020.
Osasuna are unbeaten in their last seven home matches played on a Tuesday in La Liga and have won their last two such games.
Osasuna have managed five victories from their first home games in La Liga this season – their highest tally in this regard in the top flight since the 2006-07 campaign.
Barcelona have won 34 points from their 13 La Liga games this season – their highest tally at this stage of the campaign since the 2017-18 campaign.