FC Barcelona vs Osasuna Match Preview
FC Barcelona will be hoping to carry the positive momentum – which they have earned at the Santiago Bernabéu – with them when they face Osasuna at Camp Nou on Wednesday.
With 5 games left to play this season, FC Barcelona are sitting on the top of the table with 75 points from 33 matches – tied with their arch rivals, Real Madrid, who have a game in hand too – due to a better head to head record with Real Madrid. So even if FC Barcelona wins the rest of their league games it won’t be enough for them to lift the cup. FC Barcelona needs to pray for Los Blancos’ loss in any of their remaining six league fixtures.
Luis Enrique has urged his players to take this match seriously. Barcelona will go into this game as sheer favorites as they will play at Camp Nou and they are going to face Osasuna, who are baffled with injuries. The FCB players have previously lost this type of fixtures when they took their opponents lightly.
Osasuna look set to face the axe from La Liga as they are on the bottom of table with 18 points from 33 league games. Osasuna will be mathematically assured of relegation should they lose to Barca and if Leganés (17th place) beat Las Palmas (13th place). They’ll look forward to top scorer Sergio León to give them something. Barca have dropped quite a few points to relegation facing teams this season, and Osasuna will like to capitalise on this fact.
FC Barcelona: After some tough fixtures, FCB will finally get some time to breathe easily. Luis Enrique is surely going to rotate his squad today. Against Osasuna with tired players, though, rotations are a necessity, but they need to be smart.
Andrés Iniesta is definitely going to warm the bench today. Luis Enrique would like to give him a much-needed rest so that he can utilise a fresh Iniesta when needed.Gerard Pique and Luis Suarez are likely to have a day off from office today.Neymar is still unavailable having to serve the final game of his suspension.
Osasuna: Up to ten players could miss the trip to Camp Nou because of injury. The team has played some exciting football over the last few weekendes. Their counter-attacking prowess could cause Barca problems.
FC Barcelona: Ter stegen; Alba, Mascherano, Umtiti, Roberto; Busquets, Rakitic, Gomes; Paco Alcacer, Messi, Arda Turan
Osasuna: Sirigu; Buñuel, Oier, Marquez, Fuentes, Clerc; Fausto, Torres, Causic; León, Kodro
Date: Wednesday, April 26, 2017 // Thursday, April 27, 2017 ( in INDONESIA, CHINA, JAPAN, AUSTRALIA )
Time: 17:30 GMT // 18:30 CET // 13:30 ET // 11:00 IST
Venue: Camp Nou, Barcelona, Spain
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