Barcelona's faint hope for a third consecutive La Liga title continues on Thursday night as they seek to put pressure on arch rivals and table toppers, Real Madrid.The Catalan giants trail league leaders Real Madrid by four points with just two games of the season to play with the title challenge out of their hands. 2 points from their remaining 2 games would be enough to win the title for Zidane's men as a result of their better head to head record.
Quique Setien's side have won each of their last three league games against Villarreal, Espanyol and Real Valladolid but drew three of their four after the restart to hand the advantage to Real Madrid.Osasuna have performed above expectations in Spain's top flight this term and currently sit 11th in the table, 16 points clear of the relegation zone.They are only three points off eight-placed Athletic Bilbao, and will fancy their chances of finishing their season with a positive result. Barca were held to a 2-2 draw by Osasuna when both sides met earlier this season.
Barca will again be without the services of Ousmane Dembele due to a long-term hamstring injury, while Antoine Griezmann is also a major doubt, having been forced off at the interval of the clash with Valladolid. Samuel Umtiti is still out with a knee injury. For Osasuna, Chimy Avila and Marc Cardona are both still on the sidelines, while Robert Ibanez, Unai Garcia and Ruben Garcia are all doubts for the visitors.
Ter Stegen; Semedo, Pique, Lenglet, Alba; Roberto, Busquets, De Jong; Vidal; Suarez, Messi.
Match Records and Head to Head
Osasuna have not actually beaten Barca at Camp Nou since May 2009, but they will enter this match in impressive form, winning four of their last six in the league, including a 2-0 win over Celta Vigo on July 11.Osasuna's away record this season has also been impressive, losing just seven of their 18 matches, picking up 21 points in the process, which is extremely strong for a newly-promoted side.Suarez has 15 goals in La Liga this season. Only Messi (22), Karim Benzema (19) and Gerard Moreno (16) have more.
Barcelona La Liga form: WDDWWW
Osasuna La Liga form: WWWDLW
Osasuna are certainly capable of making it a very uncomfortable evening for Barca, but it's difficult to look past the champions, who have to win and hope that Real Madrid slip up. So we don't expect anything other than a routine home victory for Setien's side. Barcelona 2-0 Osasuna
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