Osasuna vs Barcelona: Match Odds, Betting Tips & Predictions

Martin Green

Wednesday, August 28, 2019 5:12 PM UTC

Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2019 5:12 PM UTC

Barcelona have a history of annihilating Osasuna...
<div><div><div><div id=":qv"><div id=":q6"><div dir="ltr"><h2>Osasuna vs Barcelona</h2><p><a href="https://www.oddsmarket.com/football/es/la-liga/ca-osasuna-vs-fc-barcelona-3840655/?mtid=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Saturday, August 31, at El Sadar</strong></a></p><p>Barcelona ignited their season by thumping Real Betis 5-2 at Camp Nou on Sunday. New signing Antoine Griezmann was in devastating form as he scored twice and teed up Arturo Vidal for Barca’s fifth goal. It followed a disappointing 1-0 defeat at the hands of Athletic Bilbao in their opener, and that appears to have shaken off any early season complacency. They thrashed Osasuna 7-1 in their last meeting and they should be full of confidence ahead of this clash. Osasuna have been relegated and promoted again since then, and they have made a strong start to the new season. They sit above Barca in the table, having beaten Leganes 1-0 in their opener and drawn 0-0 at home with Eibar at the weekend.</p><h2>Team News</h2><p>Barcelona were without star forwards Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Ousmane Dembele against Betis, so Ernesto Valverde opted for a makeshift attack. Fringe player Rafinha and youngster Carles Perez played either side of Griezmann, but it worked well. The Frenchman was unplayable and Perez looked lively. Suarez and Dembele are still out, but Messi might return for this clash at Osasuna. Sergio Busquets is likely to continue in midfield alongside the younger legs of Frenkie de Jong and Sergi Roberto, as he was superb against Betis.</p><p>Osasuna spent a mere €15 million bolstering their squad after securing promotion back to La Liga Primera. One of those signings was Marc Candova, who joined from Barcelona after failing to make an appearance for the Catalan giants, so he will have a point to prove in this game. Fellow new arrival Chimy Avila is likely to start up front alongside him. Centre-back Unai Garcia is injured, so David Garcia and Aridane Hernandez will anchor the defence.</p><p><a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=168&amp;a=0d6ed5cd-99a2-41c2-abf3-f12f9f951422&amp;f=2" target="_blank"><img alt src="https://images-production-euw2-753931602578.s3.amazonaws.com/5d580afa408d53fc8c579955/original-bet-365-early-payout" style="width:100%" /></a></p><h2>Betting Analysis</h2><p>This is a real David vs Goliath clash. Barcelona beat Osasuna 7-0 at home and 3-1 away when the club was last in the Spanish top flight. They beat Osasuna 7-0 the previous season, and they have also secured 8-0 and 5-0 triumphs in this fixture over the past decade. It is time for Barca to establish their superiority over this division once more, and they can start by thumping Osasuna and leapfrogging them in the table. Regardless of whether Messi starts, they should have enough firepower to win this one comfortably.</p><p><a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&amp;a=bf7f64f4-cd67-4904-9b00-6ded1d41fd18&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Bet365"><strong>Tip: Barcelona -1.5 Asian handicap at 1.87 (87/100) with Bet365</strong></a></p></div></div></div></div></div></div>
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