Osasuna are beaming with confidence right now after picking up an impressive two wins from their opening three games for this 2023/24 La Liga season. Coming off a midweek loss to Club Brugge in their Europa League qualification match, coach Rubén Baraja made a bold call, ringing 8 changes to the team that travelled to Valencia at the weekend. Fortune indeed favors the brave as the changes paid dividends as Los Rojillos went on to grab a dramatic injury-time winner at the Mestalla stadium and in the process ended the hosts’ 100% start to the season. They will be hoping to carry some of the momentum from that win back home with the defending champions coming to town this weekend.
Barcelona were themselves involved in a spellbinding 7-goal thriller as they battled to a 4-3 win at Villarreal for the second straight win after a rather drab goalless draw with Getafe to start the defence of their title. Their young sensation Lamine Yamal once again put up a sizzling display with a man-of-the-match performance after getting two great assists for opening and final Barcelona goals. The Catalan giants will certainly look to clean up some of their defensive issues that were exposed by Villarreal who dominated some stretches of the game but came up short when it mattered most. Coach Xavi who was suspended from the touchlines for that match will be back here which is a boost for the champs.
As we explore our Osasuna v Barcelona predictions, it is important to point out that Barcelona have had the better of the hosts in recent years. This is certainly one of their favorite hunting grounds. They have only lost twice in their last 15 visits. We therefore feel compelled to place our faith on the champions to get the job done here
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Main tip: Barcelona Win (DNB)
Our Osasuna vs Barcelona predictions
According to the statistics and the odds of the bookmakers, we suggest the following tips:
Prediction 1: Barcelona Win (Draw No Bet)
Defending champions Barcelona still look rusty to start the season. They were held by Geatafe and barely scrapped wins over Cadiz and Villarreal in their last two matches. Having said that, they have still shown their desire to stop at nothing in the defence of their title. They are unbeaten in their last five matches across all competitions and their strikers seem to be finding their feet, including Lewandowski, who scored his opening goal of the season in their last match. The Catalans also welcome back coach Xavi who was suspended from that game.
With 7 wins in their last 10 H2H against the hosts, it is clear that this fixture has been a one-sided affair in recent years. We are backing them to continue the domination here. We are confident Barcelona will win but we are backing them on the Draw No Bet (DNB) option with very decent prices for this option offered at 1xbet.
Odds for this bet
1xBet offers competitive odds for the bet “Barcelona Win (Draw No Bet)”
The odd of 1.27 means that the bookmakers are calculating with a likelihood of approx. 79% chance that Barcelona will win this match but bets will be void (refunded) if the match ends in a draw
Odds comparison for Barcelona Win (Draw No Bet)
1xBet – odds 1.27
Betway – odds 1.25
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Prediction 2: Over 2.5 Goals
This fixture has not disappointed when it comes to goals. 7 of the last 10 H2H encounters have witnessed at least 3 goals. With the hosts beaming with confidence after a decent start to the season and Barcelona starting to get their groove in attack, we can expect this game to have some fireworks in front of goal. Get on board and place your bets for this game to have at least 3 goals scored with very attractive prices for this available at Melbet
Odds for this bet
Melbet offers competitive odds for “Over 2.5 Goals”
The odd of 1.78 means that the bookmakers are calculating with a likelihood of approx. 56% chance that this game will have at least 3 goals scored
Odds comparisons for Over 2.5 Goals
Melbet – odds 1.78
Bet365- odds 1.75
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Prediction 3: Barcelona Over 5.5 Shots on Target
After the opening 0-0 with Getafe, Xavi had a few choice words for the team and they seemed to respond, particularly upfront with the team absolutely pounding opponents. They had 10 shots on target in the 2-0 win over Cadiz and topped that with an incredible 11 shots against Villarreal last weekend. This has always been their DNA and we pretty much expect that to continue. They have found a gem in Yamal and he is totally unlocking defences with his skill and guile. With the Catalans now firing from all cylinders, we feel there is value in backing them to hit at least 6 shots on target as our final Osasuna vs Barcelona prediction for this match
Statistics for Osasuna vs Barcelona Prediction
Looking at the last 10 matches between these teams:
Barcelona dominate with 7 wins, Osasuna just one win, 2 matches were drawn
These matches scored an average of 3.60 goals per match
The last time they met Barcelona won 1-0
Latest results Osasuna
3 wins and 2 losses in their last 5 matches
7 goals scored in their last 5 matches. Average 1.40 goals per match
Edged Valencia 2-1 away in their last match
Latest results Barcelona
4 wins and a draw in their last 5 matches
11 goals scored in their last 5 matches. Average 2.20 goals per match
Won 4-3 away at Villarreal in their last league assignment
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Possible squad Osasuna & Barcelona
Line upOsasuna BarcelonaGoalkeeperMasipter StegenDefenseParez, Hongla, Sanchez, OlazaKounde, De Jong Christensen, BaldeMidfieldMonchu, Perez; Plata, Plano, MachisGavi, Romeu, PedriForwardLeonGundogan, Lewandowski, YamalInjuredNoneRapinha (Suspension), Araujo (Muscle)CoachJagoba Arrasate ElustondoXavi Hernandez
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