Osasuna host Barcelona in La Liga at Estadio El Sadar this Saturday. Watch a free live football stream of Osasuna v Barcelona from 19:00 on October 19th.
Javi Garcia has endured a tough start to his tenure at Osasuna but he should know all about challenges having recently guided Almeria to promotion into La Liga. That achievement would pale into insignificance if he can inspire the Pamplona outfit to victory over the reigning champions. Such an outcome is not unheard of, as they did beat Barca on home soil two seasons ago, and while they come into Saturday’s match having taken a valuable three points at Malaga, they have posted just six points in total and their home record is presently the second worst in the division.
Barcelona have made a great start to their title defence with a clear run of eight victories, and while some may have obtained against the weaker teams in the division, they have won their games in convincing fashion with a mere six goals in the process. With their galaxy of stars, there is no such thing as an international break and with a Champions League trip to Milan, and a mouth-watering match against Real Madrid within the space of eight days, there’s a likelihood of Tata Martino shuffling the pack. Lionel Messi would be prominent in the first goalscorer markets were he declared fit to start, although Tenerife-born forward, Pedro, who started for Spain against Georgia on Tuesday, is of obvious interest as he has matched his better-known teammate by scoring a domestic hat trick this term.
Barcelona are firm favourites to come away with a ninth victory of the campaign and plenty will be happy to take short odds despite the likelihood of players being rested. Osasuna have been well beaten in previous meetings at the Camp Nou, but things have been closer in the intimate surroundings of El Sadar and a positive result would give their season the kick-start it needs.
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