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  • January 22, 2012
  • • 11:00
  • • Estadio El Sadar, Pamplona (Iruñea)
  • Referee: Fernando Teixeira Vitienes
  • • Attendance: 13000
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La Liga Preview: Osasuna - Valencia

La Liga Preview: Osasuna - Valencia

Roberto Soldado - Valencia

After dominating Levante midweek in the Copa del Rey, Unai Emery's men look to continue their fine form on the road against the Pamplona side


PROBABLE LINEUPS
OSASUNA


Fernandez
Damia, Sergio, Flano, Satrustegui
Anunciatta, Nekounam, Timor
Nino, Lekic, Lamah


VALENCIA



Alves
Barragan, Rami, Ruiz, Jordi Alba
Banega, Albelda
Feghouli, Jonas, Pablo Hernandez

Soldado

For the home side, Ibrahima Balde, Kike Sola and Ruben look set to miss out against the visitors after each picked up an injury this month.

For Los Che, Roberto Soldado returns from suspension and will likely feature, but the injuries continue to mount.

With Sergio Canales and Hedwiges Maduro still out after being injured earlier in the season, Pablo Piatti will likely miss the clash after picking up a knock against Levante in midweek.

In defence, Miguel is set to sit out, while Pablo Hernandez is ready to win his fitness battle after picking up a bit of a strain in the Copa del Rey win on Thursday.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Osasuna currently sit in sixth place in the league with 26 points and are four points behind Levante in the race for a Champions League spot.
  • Despite having a solid league season, the club haven't seen victory in their last five games, three of which were in the Copa del Rey.
  • The hosts have lost only one league game at home this season and are the highest team in the table with a negative goal differential, at minus nine.
  • Valencia are in third place in La Liga with 34 points.
  • Los Che have not won in their last five games on the road in all competitions.
  • Unai Emery's team could not defeat Sunday's opponents last season, tying 3-3 and losing the other encounter.
BARCELONA


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

PROBABLE LINEUPS
OSASUNA


Fernandez
Damia, Flano, Sergio, Satrustegui
Nekounam, Raul Garcia, Timor
Lamah, Ibrahima, Torres

BARCELONA


Pinto
Alves, Mascherano, Pique, Adriano
Iniesta, Busquets, Thiago
Cuenca, Fabregas, Pedro

Jose Luis Mendilibar has several injury problems going into the game and will be without Roversio, Kike Sola, Ruben, Jukka Raitala and Ion Echaide, although Raul Garcia could pass a late fitness test to start in midfield.

The home side could give a number of younger players an opportunity, with Roberto Torres and Eneko Satrustegui in line for starts against the Primera Division giants.

With Barcelona holding a commanding lead going into the second leg, Pep Guardiola could use the game to rotate his squad. Jose Manuel Pinto will replace Victor Valdes in goal to resume his usual starting role in Copa del Rey fixtures.

Adriano could start at left-back in place of Eric Abidal with Maxwell apparently close to moving to French club Paris Saint-Germain. Seydou Keita has now joined up with his Malian team-mates for the African Cup of Nations, and Thiago could come into the midfield.

The Catalan club are likely to go into the game with a rotated frontline with the newly crowned Ballon d'Or, Lionel Messi, in line for a rest. Isaac Cuenca could also start the game after rejoining the Barcelona first squad after a recent spell training with the B team.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Osasuna have never won the Copa del Rey title yet the club were runners-up in 2005, losing to Real Betis 2-1.
  • The side from Navarre are currently fifth in La Liga, four points behind Levante who occupy the final Champions League qualification spot.
  • Jose Luis Mendilibar's team have conceded 12 goals against the reigning European and Liga champions this season in only two meetings.
  • Lionel Messi and Cesc Fabregas both grabbed braces to give Barcelona a commanding 4-0 lead heading into the second leg of the tie.
  • Despite their loss in last season's Copa del Rey final to Real Madrid, the Catalans are the most successful side in Spanish cup history, with 25 triumphs.
  • In three Copa games this season, Guardiola's men have scored 14 goals and are yet to concede.
BARCELONA


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

PROBABLE LINEUPS
OSASUNA


Fernandez
Damia, Flano, Sergio, Satrustegui
Nekounam, Raul Garcia, Timor
Lamah, Ibrahima, Torres

BARCELONA


Pinto
Alves, Mascherano, Pique, Adriano
Iniesta, Busquets, Thiago
Cuenca, Fabregas, Pedro

Jose Luis Mendilibar has several injury problems going into the game and will be without Roversio, Kike Sola, Ruben, Jukka Raitala and Ion Echaide, although Raul Garcia could pass a late fitness test to start in midfield.

The home side could give a number of younger players an opportunity, with Roberto Torres and Eneko Satrustegui in line for starts against the Primera Division giants.

With Barcelona holding a commanding lead going into the second leg, Pep Guardiola could use the game to rotate his squad. Jose Manuel Pinto will replace Victor Valdes in goal to resume his usual starting role in Copa del Rey fixtures.

Adriano could start at left-back in place of Eric Abidal with Maxwell apparently close to moving to French club Paris Saint-Germain. Seydou Keita has now joined up with his Malian team-mates for the African Cup of Nations, and Thiago could come into the midfield.

The Catalan club are likely to go into the game with a rotated frontline with the newly crowned Ballon d'Or, Lionel Messi, in line for a rest. Isaac Cuenca could also start the game after rejoining the Barcelona first squad after a recent spell training with the B team.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Osasuna have never won the Copa del Rey title yet the club were runners-up in 2005, losing to Real Betis 2-1.
  • The side from Navarre are currently fifth in La Liga, four points behind Levante who occupy the final Champions League qualification spot.
  • Jose Luis Mendilibar's team have conceded 12 goals against the reigning European and Liga champions this season in only two meetings.
  • Lionel Messi and Cesc Fabregas both grabbed braces to give Barcelona a commanding 4-0 lead heading into the second leg of the tie.
  • Despite their loss in last season's Copa del Rey final to Real Madrid, the Catalans are the most successful side in Spanish cup history, with 25 triumphs.
  • In three Copa games this season, Guardiola's men have scored 14 goals and are yet to concede.
BARCELONA


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

Players to watch

D. Lekić

Position: Attacker

Games: 0

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  • 0
The Serbian striker has failed to impress since his move from Red Star Belgrade in 2010, and he may be running out of chances. With injuries in the side, he looks set to play and can go a long way to winning the hearts of the fans with a solid performance.

Diego Alves

Position: Goalkeeper

Games: 4

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  • 2
  • 0
Inconsistent at times, the Brazilian also makes some unbelievable saves at opportune moments for Los Che. Which Alves shows up on Sunday remains to be seen.

Editor's Prediction

Valencia have struggled on the road as of late, and playing at the Reyno de Navarra is no easy task. The hosts should have enough to steal a point from the Europa League contenders.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Osasuna

Valencia

Wins
0
1
4
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

CA Osasuna OSA
CA Osasuna Osasuna
Draw
Valencia Club de Fútbol VAL
Valencia Club de Fútbol Valencia
15%
22%
63%

Top 3 Predictions

CA Osasuna OSA
1 - 2
Valencia Club de Fútbol VAL
CA Osasuna OSA
1 - 1
Valencia Club de Fútbol VAL
CA Osasuna OSA
0 - 2
Valencia Club de Fútbol VAL

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