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Barcelona Vs Osasuna Premier League Football Match 2023

Barcelona Vs Osasuna Premier League Football Match 2023

Barcelona will be bidding to record a third straight win in La Liga when they head to Osasuna on Sunday evening in their last match before the September international break. The Catalan outfit have picked up seven points from their opening three matches of the season to sit fourth in the table, while Osasuna are seventh, boasting six points from their first three games. Osasuna will enter this match off the back of a hugely disappointing result in the Europa Conference League, with Thursday’s 2-2 draw against Club Brugge in the second leg of their playoff affair seeing them suffer a 4-3 defeat, meaning that they will not progress into the group stage of the competition.

Jagoba Arrasate’s side must move on quickly from the defeat, and they have made an encouraging start to the campaign, picking up six points from their opening three La Liga matches to sit seventh in the table. Osasuna opened their domestic season with a 2-0 victory over Celta Vigo before suffering a 2-0 home loss to Athletic Bilbao in their second match on August 24. Los Rojillos managed to return to winning ways in the league last weekend, though, with a 95th-minute effort from Nacho Vidal securing a 2-1 victory over Valencia at Mestalla.

Osasuna have lost their last three league games against Barcelona, including a 2-1 defeat in the corresponding match last season, while they have not beaten the Catalan outfit at home since February 2012.
Barcelona, meanwhile, started their season with an underwhelming goalless draw against Getafe, but they have since beaten both Cadiz and Villarreal to move onto seven points in the table. Xavi’s side were involved in a seven-goal thriller away to Villarreal last Sunday; the visitors led 2-0 in the opening 15 minutes courtesy of goals from Gavi and Frenkie de Jong before conceding three times either side of the half-time interval to trail to the Yellow Submarine.

Ferran Torres made it 3-3 in the 68th minute, though, before Robert Lewandowski netted the winner in the 71st minute, with Barcelona picking up a vital win to stay in touch with leaders Real Madrid early in the season. Barcelona comfortably won the La Liga title last season, finishing 10 points clear of second-placed Real Madrid, but it would be a surprise to see them that far clear this term. The club’s financial problems have made it a difficult summer transfer window to navigate, but loan deals for Joao Cancelo and Joao Felix went through on Friday, with the two players set to be valuable additions to a squad which is certainly in need of a boost.

Osasuna will again be without the services of Darko Brasanac due to a long-term knee injury, but the home side are otherwise in strong shape ahead of the contest. Ezequiel Avila will return to the squad, having served his suspension against Valencia, while there are expected to be changes to the side that started against Club Brugge on Thursday. Aimar Oroz, Jesus Areso, Kike Barja and Ruben Garcia are in line for returns to the side, but the likes of Sergio Herrera and David Garcia will retain their positions in the starting XI. Barcelona, meanwhile, could potentially have Cancelo and Felix in their squad, with the loan deals for both players being completed on Friday night.

Raphinha is back from a suspension and should return to the side, but Ronald Araujo and Pedri remain on the sidelines through injury. Inigo Martinez is also a major doubt due to an ongoing foot problem, with the centre-back unlikely to be risked ahead of the international break. Head coach Xavi has decisions to make when it comes to his team selection, but there should be another start for Lamine Yamal, who starred against Villarreal last time out, with Gavi potentially being the player to drop down to the bench to allow Raphinha to come in.

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