Barcelona Aims to Close up Madrid Gap.
Barcelona was able to put give Real Valladolid a good fight as they ended 1-0 to continue in the chase for the Spanish La Liga with Real Madrid topping the league table. Barcelona managed to keep their title hopes alive, Antoine Griezmann produced yet another poor display at the weekend, and surely he will be dropped today, Luis Suarez is going to replace him in the starting XI against Osasuna.
Good news for the home side is that pacey winger Anssumane Fati will be returning to the team having served his suspension, while Umtiti, Arthur, Dembele and De Jong are all still in the recovery room for the hosts. A man to watch will be Lionel Messi who scored his 700th career goal in their previous two games he will be looking to add up his scoring tally in the league.
Osasuna, on the other hand, came from behind to beat relegation strugglers Celta in Pamplona. Los Rojillos aim to move a little closer to the Europa League berth, but they will have a big fish to fry in the Camp Nou showdown. Barca are a real force to be reckoned with at home, and we predict that they are going to put an extra pressure on league leaders Real Madrid with a win over Osasuna. In their last meeting at Camp Nou the Catalan giants crushed los Rojillos 7-1.