Xavi has replaced Ronald Koeman at the Nou Camp although it doesn’t mean all the problems have gone away for a Barcelona side who sit seventh in the Spanish La Liga table. The Catalan club have earned just twenty-three points from fifteen games played and don’t look likely to challenge for the title this term.

Indeed, Barca are sixteen points behind leaders Real Madrid and we’re not massively confident that they’re worth backing at odds-on for this clash. After all, they have only won one of their six away matches this term, while scoring goals has also been a problem.

Why You Should Oppose Barcelona for This Game

Barca have only scored seven goals in their six away matches, while they drew a blank at home to Real Betis last weekend. Previously to this, Xavi had done some good work steadying the ship with a six-game unbeaten run although it was remarkable how comfortable it was for the visitors to win this recent clash.

Betis limited their opponents to just three shots on target all game and there are clearly issues in the post-Messi season, with Xavi making five changes during the match and hoping for an attacking spark from Memphis Depay. The Dutchman has been one of the positives of the campaign to date.

However, there is a real struggle for the manager to know his best Starting 11 and the fact that Barcelona come into this clash after a Wednesday night trip to Bayern Munich has to be regarded as a negative that Osasuna will look to exploit.

Osasuna Could Spring a Surprise – Although Draw Best Option

On the one hand, Osasuna have only won one of their eight home matches. On the other, they have not been beaten in five of the eight times they have played in front of their own supporters. We therefore think that the draw is worth considering and the team are now on a three-game unbeaten run which has steadied the ship.

Previously to this, it was five matches without a win although you have to consider the quality of the opposition during this time. There was a goalless draw away to Real Madrid who are clearly the strongest team in Spain right now, while a 1-0 defeat away to Atletico Madrid was also a positive outcome.

Therefore, they have the capacity to get something out of this game which could turn out to be low-scoring. Osasuna have only scored five goals at home and clearly need to improve on this record although it could be that they are playing these once high-flying opponents at the right time.

BETTING VERDICT

Draw

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