Osasuna vs Barcelona
Spain – LaLiga
Date: Saturday, 31 August 2019
Kick-off at 16:00 UK/ 17:00 CET
Venue: Estadio El Sadar (Pamplona).
Barcelona bounced back emphatically after their surprise loss against Athletic Bilbao in the opener. The team, devoid of the services of talisman Lionel Messi, star striker Luis Suarez, and French sensation Ousmane Dembele delivered a classic 5-2 win over the visiting Real Betis, to make a statement to the whole league, that they are still the side to beat.
Several academy players were given the chance to put on first-team colors, and the youngsters responded in fantastic fashion. With the arrival of several senior players still in doubt, once again the management will choose to look toward the famed La Masia to deal with the pressure.
One thing that needs to be mentioned would be how Antoine Griezmann took control of things in the absence of Messi and led the assault on the opposition front. As Pamplona gets ready to welcome the champions, they will definitely be worried about the inspirational World-Cup-winner at the front.
Moreover, Osasuna is a new addition to this league and is definitely not prepared to take on the likes of Barca this early in the season.
Osasuna vs Barcelona Head-to-head (h2h)
- Barcelona won the last three games on the trot.
- The last time these two met, Barca recorded a 7-1 win.
- The combined scorecard for the last three fixtures is 17-1, in favor of the Blaugrana.
- Osasuna failed to score in the last two home ties.
Osasuna vs Barcelona Prediction
Barca, the reigning champion of Spain, and along with the Madrid outfits the best in the country, and maybe the whole world, is easily the favorite to deliver a massive performance this Saturday. The arrival of Lionel Messi is still in doubt, and in case that happens, a win for them would become a mere formality.
The reason being, the hosts used to ply their trade in the lower division just a season back and is not equipped to take on such titans.
Moreover, h2h clashes too paint a clear picture as to how the upcoming game would turn out to be. Barcelona scored a total of 17 goals from the last three h2h matches, in return for just one. Also, Osasuna failed to score in the last two such encounters at this venue as well.
Taking these stats into account, a win for the defending champions is an easy pick for this weekend.
Osasuna vs Barcelona Betting Tips
Half Time Result: Barcelona to Win @ 1.75 (3/4)
To Score in First Half: Barcelona @ 1.44 (4/9).