Barcelona-Osasuna Preview: Blaugrana look to bounce back from Sociedad defeat
The Catalan giants suffered their first Liga reverse of the season in San Sebastian last weekend and will be keen to return to winning ways against Jose Luis Mendilibar's side
By Karthick Arvinth
Alves, Puyol, Mascherano, Adriano
Thiago, Busquets, Fabregas
Pedro, Messi, Sanchez
Bertran, Ruben, Arribas, Nano
Cejudo, Nino, Armenteros
Barcelona forward Lionel Messi pulled out of training on Friday with a muscle strain but is nevertheless expected to feature in the Primera Division encounter against Osasuna.
Defender Gerard Pique is suspended, while assistant coach Jordi Roura could opt to rotate his squad for the Camp Nou clash with one eye on Wednesday's Copa del Rey semi-final first leg against Real Madrid.
Osasuna boss Jose Luis Mendilibar may hand a debut to midfielder Francisco Silva, who was signed from Chilean side Universidad Catolica earlier in the week.
Asier Riesgo, David Timor and Sisi are all unavailable through injury, while left-back Damia serves a one-match ban.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- Barcelona have won their last five home Liga matches with an aggregate score of 19-4.
- The Catalans hit their 100th goal of the season in the 4-2 win at Malaga in midweek, with Lionel Messi accounting for 40 of those strikes.
- Barcelona have never lost a match in which Andres Iniesta (pictured, right) has scored (W40, D4).
- Osasuna have won just one of their last eight matches in all competitions (W1, D2, L5).
- Los Rojillos have lost on their last four visits to Camp Nou at an aggregate score of 0-16.
- Osasuna's last win away at Barcelona was a 1-0 success in May 2009.
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Top 3 Predictions
Barcelona 4-0 Osasuna
- 13.57 %
Barcelona 5-0 Osasuna
- 10.34 %
Barcelona 4-1 Osasuna
- 10.22 %
|Spain - Primera Division (LIGA)||Oct 19, 2013||Osasuna 0 - Barcelona 0|
|Spain - Primera Division (LIGA)||Jan 27, 2013||Barcelona 5 - Osasuna 1|
|Spain - Primera Division (LIGA)||Aug 26, 2012||Osasuna 1 - Barcelona 2|
|Spain - Primera Division (LIGA)||Feb 11, 2012||Osasuna 3 - Barcelona 2|
|Spain - Copa del Rey (ESPC)||Jan 13, 2012||Osasuna 1 - Barcelona 2|
|Dec 18, 2013||Barcelona 3 - F.C. Cartagena 0||ESPC|
|Dec 14, 2013||Barcelona 2 - Villarreal 1||LIGA|
|Dec 11, 2013||Barcelona 6 - Celtic 1||UCL|
|Dec 7, 2013||F.C. Cartagena 1 - Barcelona 4||ESPC|
|Dec 1, 2013||Athletic de Bilbao 1 - Barcelona 0||LIGA|
|13||José Pinto Colorado||Goalkeeper|
|8||Andrés Iniesta Luján||Midfielder|
|5||Manuel Ortiz Toribio||Midfielder|
|8||De las Cuevas||Midfielder|
|23||Raoul Cédric Loe||Midfielder|
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