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Primera División

  • September 17, 2011
  • • 2:00 PM
  • • Camp Nou, Barcelona
  • Referee: César Muñiz Fernández
  • • Attendance: 84921
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La Liga Preview: Barcelona - Osasuna

La Liga Preview: Barcelona - Osasuna

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Pep Guardiola's men look to regain their form after two consecutive draws as Jose Luis Mendilibar brings his side to Camp Nou.


PROBABLE LINEUPS
Barcelona: (4-1-2-3): Valdes; Alves, Mascherano, Puyol, Abidal; Busquets, Fabregas, Xavi; Pedro, Messi, Villa


Just as one influential Spaniard returns for Barcelona, another is out with injury. Carles Puyol should make his long awaited La Liga comeback for the champion after recovering from a knee injury and is expected to start in the center of defense. However, midfield maestro Andres Iniesta is sidelined for a month with a torn hamstring while Alexis Sanchez is out for six to eight weeks with a similar injury.

Osasuna: (4-3-3): Fernandez; Raitala, Roversio, Flano, Bertran; Lama, Punal, Raul Garcia; Cejudo, Sola, Nino



Osasuna is without five squad members for the trip to Camp Nou. Ion Echaide will miss most of the season with a ruptured knee, Masoud Shojaei is still recovering with a fractured left foot, Asier Riesgo is back training with the group after recovering from a sprained knee but still may not be match fit. The visiting side is also missing influential midfielder Javad Nekounam with a strained knee as well as first team starter Sergio, who suffered a hamstring injury in Osasuna's previous match against Sporting Gijon. Raul Garcia may be given the nod in midfield ahead of Toribio.



DID YOU KNOW?
  • In Barcelona's only two defeats in La Liga last season, captain Carles Puyol was not involved in either match.
  • In this fixture last season, Lionel Messi scored his 50th competitive goal of the 2010-11 campaign.
  • David Villa has not scored a goal in La Liga since this very match last season on April 23rd.
  • Barca scored exactly 50 more goals in La Liga last season than Osasuna.
  • The last league goal that Osasuna managed to score against Barcelona came on Oct. 31 2009, in the form of an injury time own goal from Gerard Pique to give the host team an unlikely draw.
  • Osasuna's top goalscorer in the league last season was Kike Sola with seven goals. Barcelona had four players who scored more last campaign.
  • Osasuna's biggest win of the campaign last year was 4-0 and came against Barcelona's city rival, Espanyol.
  • The away side was quick out of the blocks after halftime in La Liga last season, having scored the majority of its goals between the 46th minute and the 60th minute.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Barcelona

Osasuna

Wins
3
1
1
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

FC Barcelona FCB
FC Barcelona Barcelona
Draw
CA Osasuna OSA
CA Osasuna Osasuna
85%

Top 3 Predictions

FC Barcelona FCB
4 - 0
CA Osasuna OSA
FC Barcelona FCB
3 - 0
CA Osasuna OSA
FC Barcelona FCB
5 - 0
CA Osasuna OSA

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