Osasuna vs BarcelonaLa Liga, KO: 20:00 Sep 3, 2023, Estadio El Sadar
Barcelona will be aiming to maintain their unbeaten start to the season as they travel to Osasuna for a La Liga fixture on Sunday. The Catalans appear to be slowly getting back their rhythm and should have too much quality for Osasuna, who have been unconvincing at home so far.
Osasuna have made a solid start to the season, claiming two wins from their opening three La Liga matches. They are already showing shades of last season’s start which saw them win four of their opening five matches and eventually clinch a European place.
Jagoba Arrasate’s men head into Sunday’s clash with a 2-1 victory over Valencia in their previous La Liga fixture. However, they could not progress in Europe, crashing out of the Conference League after a 4-3 aggregate defeat to Belgian side Club Brugge on Thursday.
For all the praise Osasuna have earned in recent times, their record at the Stadio El Sadar has been slightly suspect this season. They have lost their two home matches so far, falling 2-0 to Athletic Bilbao in their previous La Liga fixture in front of their fans before suffering a 2-1 defeat to Club Brugge.
Barcelona's title defence appears to be progressing nicely as they have remained unbeaten after three matches. After beginning with a 0-0 home draw with Getafe, they have gone on to win their following two matches.
The Catalans were given a scare last time out as they were forced to come from behind to claim a 4-3 victory at Villarreal. Despite early goals from Gavi and Frenkie de Jong, they still needed late efforts from Ferran Torres and Robert Lewandowski to claim the win.
Manager Xavi will be pleased with Barcelona’s character to come from behind and claim the win at a difficult ground. However, the defending might be a source of worry as they were constantly carved open and conceded three goals.
How the bookies view it
Barcelona are considered overwhelming favourites among the bookies and are priced at 7/10 by William Hill to claim the win. A victory for Osasuna is valued at 4/1 by Unibet while bet365 is offering odds of 3/1 for a draw.
Head to head
Barcelona have a 26-6 advantage with 10 draws from 42 previous matches with Osasuna. The Catalans did the double last season with the clash at the Stadio El Sadar ending in a 2-1 victory.
Players to watch
Raul Garcia often leads the line for Osasuna and while he is yet to find the net, his performances have deserved a goal. Sunday could be set up perfectly for the striker, who is priced at 3/1 by bet365 to get on the score sheet.
Robert Lewandowski is finally off the mark for the season and will be keen to go on a scoring run. The Polish striker is priced at evens with bet365 to find the net on Sunday.
Anything else catch the eye?
Osasuna and Barcelona have been unconvincing at the back this season and both teams can be backed to score at 4/5 with William Hill. The Catalans saw over 3.5 goals in their previous fixture and a repeat is priced at 2/1 with bet365, who is also offering odds of 4/5 for over 2.5 goals.
Given the minimal odds for a straight Barcelona victory, a win and over 2.5 goals can be considered at 6/4 with Betfred.
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