Osasuna vs. Barcelona Spanish La Liga Predictions, Picks and Betting Tips 7-16-2020
Osasuna (12-12-12) vs. Barcelona (24-7-5)
Spanish La Liga soccer on Thursday, July 16, 2020 at 15:00 ET
Venue: Camp Nou, Barcelona, Spain
The Line: Osasuna +1391/ Draw +612/ Barcelona -625; O/U 3.25
TV: beIN Sport, Eleven Sports
Tension continues to build up in the final rounds of the Spanish La Liga as the defending Champions, Barcelona (WWWDD), face Osasuna (WLDWW) in round 37 at Camp Nou in Barcelona on Thursday, July 20, 2020. Like every other game since La Liga restart, there will be no in-person attendance.
Barcelona is just a match away from their second undefeated La Liga home campaign since the start of 2013/14, and with their defense maintaining a clean sheet in their last five La Liga home victories. Coming into this game, Barcelona occupies the second position of the league table with 79 points, 4 points behind Real Madrid. The Quique Setién’s side has won 26 La Liga titles but will unlikely claim their third win in a row after getting their first-place position stolen by Real Madrid two weeks ago. Barcelona has recorded 24 wins, 7 draws, and 5 losses. In their last time out, Barcelona recorded a lone goal victory over Real Valladolid to extend their unbeaten run to 13 La Liga games. In the game, Arturo Vidal netted a brilliant shot from Lionel Messi’s pass in the 15th-minute. Barcelona recorded several goal attempts afterward, but none was successful. During their 2019/20 La Liga campaign, Barcelona has recorded 80 goals, 36 conceded goals, 58 assists, 14 clean sheets, 214 shots on-target, 89 yellow cards and 6 red card bookings.
Key players to look out for in Barcelona’s forward are Luiz Suarez, Ansu Fati, and Lionel Messi. Luis Suárez has been responsible for Barcelona’s opening goal in three of his last five La Liga starts, and he has scored 15 goals in 26 appearances. Argentine forward Messi is the league’s highest goal scorer and has sported 22 goals and 20 assists in 31 appearances. German goalie Marc-Andre ter Stegen will appear for the 36th time in this match. Stegen has allowed 34 goals, an average of 0.97 goals allowed per 90 minutes, which puts him in the 6th position. He has also recorded 78 saves, 14.3 penalty save and 14 clean sheets.
On the other hand, Osasuna has struggled horribly when visiting top-half clubs, losing six of nine away trips against teams in the top ten places of the table after 36 rounds. In contrast, they have suffered four defeats of at least two goals and failed to score in five of those nine matches. Occupying the 11th position with 48 points, Osasuna is the only team in the league with an equal number of wins, losses, and draws of 12 La Liga games. In their last time out, Osasuna recorded a narrow 2-1 win over Celta Vigo to record their 5th unbeaten match in the last 6 games. In the game, Celta Vigo got an early lead from Santi Mina’s strike in the 10th-minute. However, Osasuna got an equalizer in the 23rd-minute after Enric whipped a shot into the back of the net. Finally, after 15 goal attempts, Osasuna was able to secure a late winning goal in the 91st minute to record a three-point lead over Celta Vigo. Overall this season, Osasuna has recorded 42 goals, 51 conceded goals, 22 assists, 11 clean sheets, 141 shots on-target, 108 yellow cards and 6 red card bookings.
Enric Galleco is one of the key players to look out for in Osasuna’s squad. He has scored an opening goal for Osasuna in two of his last five. Overall, he has recorded 3 goals and 1 assist for the team. In front of the net for Osasuna is Sergio Herrera. Herrera has allowed 26 goals in 18 appearances, an average of 1.40 goals conceded per 90 minutes. He has recorded 53 saves and 6 clean sheets.
Barcelona has excellent past meeting records against Osasuna, recording 5 wins, two draws, and one loss since 2012, therefore Osasuna seems guaranteed to experience a difficult time. Barcelona remains the best home teams in the league since 2014. They have not conceded any defeat in Camp Nou since 2018. In contrast, Osasuna’s has recorded 5 wins out of 18 away La Liga games, which puts them in the 8th position.
Coach: Jagoba Arrasate
Goalkeeper: Sergio Herrera
Players: David García, Raúl Rodríguez Navas, Aridane Hernández, Nacho Vidal, Jon Moncayola, Fran Mérida, Antonio Latorre, José Manuel Arnáiz, Enric Gallego and Enrique Barja
Coach: Quique Setién
Goalkeeper: Marc-Andre ter Stegen
Players: Jordi Alba, Clement Lenglet, Gerard Piqué, Nélson Cabral Semedo, Ivan Rakitic, Sergio Busquets, Arturo Vidal, Ansu Fati, Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi
Prediction: Take Barcelona -625
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