Barcelona – Osasuna | 16/07/2020

Barcelona will welcome Osasuna to Camp Nou today hoping that a victory will be enough to keep their hopes of retaining the La Liga title alive.
The Spanish champions are currently second in the table, four points behind leaders Real Madrid, who will win the title if they manage to beat Villarreal on the same night.

Barcelona are one step away from just their second undefeated La Liga (LL) home campaign since the start of 2013/14, and with their defence maintaining a clean sheet in their last five LL home victories, Osasuna seem guaranteed to experience a difficult time.

By their own lofty standards, Barcelona have started sluggishly at home recently: they’ve netted before HT in just two of their last five LL home games (W4, D1), completing just one HT/FT double and winning by 2+ goals just once across those five fixtures.

Osasuna have struggled horribly when visiting top-half clubs, losing six of nine LL away trips (W1, D2) against teams in the top ten places of the table after 36 rounds, whilst they have suffered four defeats of at least two goals and failed to score in five of those nine matches.

Their first-half goal difference on the road this LL season remains at -9; though they have begun to correct that more recently. Their last seven LL away matches have seen Osasuna record three HT leads (W2, D1) and a drawn HT result (W1).

The reigning champions must win their last two against Osasuna and Alaves and hope that there is a slip from the leaders, but it is difficult to imagine that happening at this stage.

It could still be a successful campaign for the club, though, as they will face Napoli in the second leg of their last-16 Champions League clash on August 8 and are certainly capable of being a threat in that competition, even if they are to release their grip on the La Liga title.

Date:16/07/2020
Time: 22:00
Venue: Camp Nou (Barcelona)
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