Barcelona vs Osasuna – LIVE Reddit Soccer 14/03/2022
Barcelona will be bidding to make it four La Liga victories in a row when they welcome Osasuna to Camp Nou on Sunday night. The Catalan giants are currently third in Spain’s top flight, 15 points behind division leaders Real Madrid, while Osasuna are 11th, boasting 35 points from their 27 league matches this season. Barcelona have had their fair share of problems this season, but there is no question that confidence is high in the camp at the moment, with the Catalan outfit determined to enjoy a successful end to the campaign.
Xavi’s side are unbeaten in La Liga since the start of December, while they have won five of their last six in the league, including a 2-1 victory at Elche last weekend, to move into third position in the table, level on points with fourth-placed Atletico Madrid and two ahead of Real Betis in fifth. Barcelona are not in a title race this season, sitting 15 points behind leaders Real Madrid, but the team would move to within four points of second-placed Sevilla if they win their match in hand, and it is not impossible to imagine them claiming second position in the table due to their current form.
The Catalan giants are also chasing success in the Europa League this season but have work to do to advance from their last-16 tie with Galatasaray following a goalless draw in the first leg at Camp Nou on Thursday. Barcelona are entering a huge period of the season, facing a trip to Turkey next week before back-to-back league matches against Real Madrid and Sevilla, and it will be fascinating to see how things stand at the club in the middle of April, as there is still plenty for them to fight for at this stage.
Osasuna, meanwhile, will enter the match off the back of a 1-0 win over Villarreal last weekend, with Ezequiel Avila scoring the only goal of the contest in the 63rd minute. Jagoba Arrasate’s side have won nine, drawn eight and lost 10 of their 27 league matches this season to collect 35 points, which has left them in 11th position in the table, 11 points clear of the relegation zone.
Los Rojillos have finished 10th and 11th in Spain’s top flight since their return to this level, and it does appear that they will claim a similar spot this term, which would have to be considered a successful campaign. Arrasate’s team have impressed on their travels this season, picking up 20 points from their 13 matches, claiming five more points on the road than in front of their own supporters in 2021-22.
Osasuna have only actually lost two of their last five La Liga matches with Barcelona, sharing the points in a 2-2 draw earlier this season, while they won 2-1 at Camp Nou in July 2020, so the visitors will enter this match full of confidence despite their status as underdogs. Following their midweek disappointment in Europe, Barcelona will be gunning to reclaim the third spot in the 2021/22 La Liga standings when they play hosts to CA Osasuna at Camp Nou on Sunday night.
After stringing together a run of four wins in all competitions, Barcelona saw their streak come to a halt on Thursday night when they were held to a goalless draw by Galatasaray in the UEFA Europa League. It was a second unconvincing performance in a row after the Catalans had eked out a narrow 2-1 comeback win over Elche in La Liga last weekend.
With Atletico Madrid winning their fixture on Friday night, Barcelona have dropped down to fourth place in the standings and will need a victory this weekend to reclaim their spot. Standing in their way will be an Osasuna side who beat Villarreal 1-0 last time out, after losing their previous two games against Real Sociedad and Atletico Madrid.
Jagoba Arrasate’s side are 11th in the league standings and will be aiming to finish in the top half of the table. Los Rojillos will need to string together a run of positive results for that to happen. Osasuna held Barcelona to a 2-2 draw the last time they clashed in December last year.
Barcelona will be without Ansu Fati, Samuel Umtiti and Sergi Roberto, who miss out due to injuries. In addition, midfielder Nico Gonzalez misses out due to suspension. However, Dani Alves, who was ineligible to feature in the Europa League and Gavi, who was suspended against Galatasaray, are back in the squad for the game against Osasuna.
A few changes could be made to the lineup that started on Thursday in the European tie. No alteration will be made in goal, with Marc-Andre ter Stegen set to start. Dani Alves and Jordi Alba should slot in as the full-backs on the right and left sides respectively.
Ronald Araujo could be benched to avoid the risk of him being suspended ahead of the next week’s El Clasico. So Gerard Pique could pair up with Eric Garcia at the heart of the Barcelona defence.
Sergio Busquets ought to return to the starting XI, slotting in at the base of the midfield, from where he will look to provide the control for his team. Frenkie de Jong will provide defensive support when needed while making forward runs to get into goalscoring positions. Pedri could be given a breather by Xavi ahead of the two vital fixtures coming up next week. The returning Gavi should replace him.
After being benched in the midweek clash, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang ought to return as the centre-forward. Out wide, Adama Traore and Ferran Torres are likely to get the nod, with Memphis Depay dropping out. Ousmane Dembele will again be an option from the bench for the Catalans.
Osasuna manager Jagoba Arrasate will again be without Jesus Areso, who is still recovering from an injury. Meanwhile, Chimy Avila also misses out due to suspension for accumulating yellow cards. The visitors are likely to set up in a 4-4-2 formation at Camp Nou with Sergio Herrera lining up between the sticks.