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Copa del Rey

  • 4 January 2012
  • • 21:00
  • • Camp Nou, Barcelona
  • Referee: David Fernandez Borbalan
  • • Attendance: 64124

Copa del Rey Preview: Barcelona v Osasuna

Copa del Rey Preview: Barcelona v Osasuna

Alexis Sanchez y Lionel Messi - Barcelona

The Catalan giants welcome Jose Luis Mendilibar's outfit to Camp Nou on Wednesday evening as both clubs kick off the new calendar year with their domestic cup clash


Alves, Mascherano, Pique, Maxwell
Xavi, Busquets, Iniesta
Fabregas, Messi, Alexis

Bertran, Flano, Sergio, Raitala
Cejudo, Punal, Nekounam
Lamah, Ibrahima, Masoud

Barcelona start 2012 with a home match in the Copa del Rey against Osasuna and Pep Guardiola may be set to field a strong line-up to get the year off to a good start.

The first training session of the year for the Catalan club took place on Tuesday and a number of players look to have shook off niggling injuries over the festive period.

Andres Iniesta is fit again for Barcelona after recovering from an injury he suffered against Hospitalet in the previous Copa del Rey match. Carles Puyol missed training on January 1 with an abductor injury but should return to training within a few days. Eric Abidal worked out in the gym as he attempts to shake off a flu bug.

Lionel Messi and Dani Alves returned to training on Tuesday after spending Christmas in South America.

However, Guardiola's men are still without David Villa and Ibrahim Afellay, who are absent with long-term injuries.

Jose Luis Mendilibar is sweating over the fitness of a few key Osasuna players going into the match. Brazilian defender Roversio withdrew from training on Tuesday after suffering some discomfort in his right calf muscle. Ion Echaide, Kike Sola, Raul Garcia and Ruben all trained individually and did not complete the full session.

  • The last time Barcelona played Osasuna, Pep Guardiola's side won the match 8-0 and Lionel Messi grabbed a hat-trick to help the Catalan Club to an astonishing victory.
  • Barcelona's first match of 2011 last year saw them defeat Levante 2-1 at Camp Nou, with Pedro bagging a brace to see his side to victory.
  • This will be Barcelona's fourth cup match in a row. In their previous match, they defeated Hospitalet 9-0 at Camp Nou in the Copa del Rey. The other two matches saw Barca defeat Al-Sadd and Santos on their way to claiming the Club World Cup title.
  • Osasuna defeated Almeria over two legs in the round of 32 of the Copa del Rey to make it to this point. A 3-1 away victory and a 1-1 draw at Reyno de Navarra sealed progression.
  • Osasuna's first match of 2011 last year saw them lose 1-0 against Sevilla with Freddy Kanoute grabbing the only goal of the match.



Montoya, Fontas, Pique, Muniesa
Sergi Roberto, Busquets, Thiago
Pedro, Rafinha, Fabregas

Players to watch

L. Messi

Position: Attacker

Games: 0

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It is likely that Pep Guardiola will give his stronger players a run out in the match, despite fielding weakened teams at times so far in La Liga. It is the middle of the season and he will want to keep his players fresh after an extended break. Lionel Messi recently returned to the club from Argentina and looks likely to feature in the Copa del Rey. Expect the maestro to continue his blistering form as we enter 2012.


Position: Midfielder

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Franciso Punal has made more appearances than any other Osasuna player this season and the club captain will be vital in this match as his side attempt to topple Barcelona. His combative nature in midfield will be needed with Barca likely to dominate possession in the middle of the park. A cool veteran head will be required to avoid a repeat of the 8-0 drubbing Osasuna suffered in their last match against the Catalan club.

Editor's Prediction

Whilst a scoreline such as September's 8-0 win for the Catalans is unlikely to be repeated, expect the La Liga champions to be buoyed as they return to Camp Nou following their World Club Cup exploits, with a comfortable win likely.

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CA Osasuna OSA
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