Lionel Messi and Barcelona will look to take another step toward closing a one-point gap on league-leading Real Madrid when they host visiting CA Osasuna in their La Liga showdown on Thursday. With Osasuna three points out of eighth place and looking to make a move up the La Liga standings, let’s find out if the Reds can pull off the huge upset or whether Barca is the pick to take care of business at home in this affair. Let’s take a closer look at this upcoming match so you can set down your bets against their LaLiga odds.
La Liga Odds, Analysis and Picks – Osasuna Vs Barcelona
Why Bet On F.C. Barcelona
Barca is sitting in second place in the LaLiga standings with 79 points, just one point behind league-leading Real Madrid. The Red and Blue have scored a league-leading 80 goals while allowing 36 goals defensively (+44). Barcelona has won four straight while going an unbeaten 8-2-0 over their last 10 games overall. Barca comes into this contest off a hard-fought 1-0 win over Real Valladolid on Saturday. Chilean midfielder Arturo Vidal scored the only goal of the game in the 15th minute while Lionel Messi recorded his 20th assist of the season.
“It was a very difficult game against a team who know how to play well and did just that today. The hot conditions also complicated things for us but I’m pleased we won,” said Vidal.
Barca has gone a near-perfect 1-0 at home this season while also going 9-8-1 ATS and 9-9 O/U at Camp Nou. Barcelona has scored 52 of their 79 points at home this season.
Why Bet On C.A. Osasuna
Osasuna is sitting in 11th place in the standings with 48 points. The Reds have scored 42 goals while allowing 51 goals defensively (-9). Osasuna has gone 4-1-1 over their last six games and comes into this affair off a hard-fought 2-1 win over Celta Vigo on Saturday. Santi Mina knocked in a cross from Iago Aspas to put Celta up 1-0 in the 11th minute, but Osasuna leveled the score on forward Enric Gallego’s canceled out the strike midway through the first half. Osasuna got the win in added time with a glanced header from Jose Arnaiz, to move up to 11th in the standings. The Reds have gone 5-6-7 on the road this season while also going an impressive 10-6-2 ATS and 5-11-2 O/U on the road. Osasuna has scored 21 points on the road this season.
General Match Info C.A. Osasuna (12-12-12) vs F.C. Barcelona (25-6-5)
- When: Thursday, July 16, 2020 at 3:00 PM ET
- Where: Camp Nou
- Osasuna Vs Barcelona Live: beIN
- La Liga Odds: FC Barcelona -833 / CA Osasuna +1900 / Draw +700
- Total: 3.25
Expert Analysis and Prediction
While Osasuna managed to get a 2-2 draw against Barca the last time they met back on August 31, 2019, Barcelona won each of the previous three meetings while scoring a mind-boggling seven goals in two of those affairs. With that said, Barcelona simply has too much offensive firepower for Osasuna to keep up with in this affair, not to mention, no team has managed to beat Barca at home this season. There’s a reason why Lionel Messi and company are such he favorites in this matchup and it’s because they are, by far, the better team at both ends of the pitch. Barca wins by a minimum of two goals in this one!
Pick: Barcelona 3 Osasuna 1