?CA Osasuna have the difficult task of facing Barcelona this weekend, a side who are coming off the back of a 5-2 thumping of Real Betis.
However, Osasuna have made a fine start to the season themselves, picking up four points from a possible six.
Barcelona know that they should win this game, even without the injured Lionel Messi. With Antoine Griezmann in great form leading the line, they will be confident of getting another three points to put memories of an opening day defeat behind them.
Where to Watch
|When Is Kick Off?||Saturday 31 August|
|What Time Is Kick Off?||16:00 (BST)|
|Where Is it Played?||El Sadar Stadium|
|TV Channel/Live Stream?||N/A|
Where to Buy Tickets
Tickets for the game are, as ever, available on both teams’ official club websites, though membership is required in order to purchase. In terms of resale, both teams provide the option to make season tickets available for others to use, if a supporter is unable to attend the game themselves.
For Osasuna, Enrique Barja and Unai Garcia are out still with long term injuries, while Luis Perea and Inigo Perez are being monitored and face late fitness tests.
?Barcelona have a host of injury problems, with key men Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi still out injured.
?Ousmane Dembele and Neto are also set to miss the game with injuries too, putting more pressure on Griezmann up front to produce for his new club.
|?Osasuna||Ruben; Vidal, Hernandez, Garcia?, Estupinan; Ibanez, Tollar, Brasanac, Torres; Avila, Cardona.|
|?Barcelona||?Ter Stegen; Semedo, Pique, Lenglet, Alba; Roberto, Busquets, de Jong; Perez, Griezmann, Rafinha.|
Head to Head Record
Osasuna have played Barcelona 23 times, but Barca lead the head to head with 16 wins to Osasuna’s three.
The last time the two teams played was back in the 2016/17 season – the campaign Osasuna went down. The match ended 7-1 to Barcelona, with Messi taking a starring role which included two goals.
Both teams are in decent form, suffering just one defeat in their last five games. However, Osasuna can say they are unbeaten so far this season, something Barca can’t after losing their opening game of the campaign.
?Here’s how both sides have done in their last five games.
|Osasuna 0-0 Eibar (24/8)||Barca 5-2 Real Betis (25/8)|
|Leganes 0-1 Osasuna (17/8)||Athletic Bilbao 1-0 Barca (16/8)|
|Real Sociedad 2-0 Osasuna (9/8)||Napoli 0-4 Barca (10/8)|
|Osasuna 0-0 Eibar (8/8)||Barcelona 2-1 Napoli (8/8)|
|De Graafschap 1-2 Eibar (4/8)||Barcelona 2-1 Arsenal (4/8)|
?Despite being in better form than Barca, Osasuna will need to play out of their skin to beat them. Barcelona have too much quality, even without ?Messi, Suarez and Dembele.
Led by Griezmann, they will be looking to make it back to back wins and end Osasuna’s unbeaten start to the season.
Prediction: Osasuna 0-3 Barcelona