Competition: La Liga 2019/20
Matchday: Matchday 37
Date and Time: Thursday; 16 July 2020; 21:00 CET
Venue: Camp Nou; Barcelona; Spain
Referee: José María Sánchez Martínez
After a narrow 1-0 win against Real Valladolid last time out, we’re back in action to play against Osasuna, this time at home. With only two games to go in La Liga, Barcelona must win all their games to have a slight chance of winning the league. If Real Madrid wins, they become the champions of La Liga this season. Osasuna meanwhile comes off from beating Celta Vigo 2-1, with a late goal from Jose Arnaiz.
Last game saw Barcelona beat Valladolid away with a first-half goal from Arturo Vidal from a half-volley. A common theme that was seen in almost all of Barcelona’s away games so far, and was seen against Valladolid as well: Second-half fatigue. Last game was truly a game of two halves, with Barcelona going clear and dominating in the first, and depending on Marc Andre Ter Stegen to make saves in the second half to see off the win. This is what Arturo Vidal had to say about the game:
“It was not a football problem, We’ve played a lot of games, there’s a lot of fatigue. We’ve got players that have played a lot of minutes. It wasn’t a football issue.”
Truth be told, Real Madrid should beat Villareal and win the league, something Barca fans have not been used to a lot so far this century. Barça must be looking to win their remaining games no matter what, and hopefully, pile up the pressure on Los Meringues.
Let’s do this!
Barcelona: 2nd place; 79 points
Osasuna: 11th place; 48 points
This is the squad as chosen by the manager, Quique Setien, to face Osasuna in the penultimate game of the season:
The youth players that were chosen for this game are Riqui Puig, Ansu Fati, Ronald Araujo and Arnau Tenas.
Griezmann is out of the game after picking up an injury to his right thigh. Meanwhile, Samuel Umtiti and Ousmane Dembele are out due to long-term injuries to the knee and thigh respectively. Ansu Fati is back in the squad after serving a suspension. The greatest news of all, however, has to be the return of Frenkie De Jong. The central midfielder is back from injury and can be ready for selection.
The expected lineup
At the back, Ter Stegen should finish all the games of this season at goalkeeper to keep him prepared for the Champions League. Jordi Alba reportedly missed training on Tuesday, so Junior Firpo might get the nod over him. Pique and Clement Lenglet should start at the back as there Ronald Araujo might be needed to start in the promotion play-offs for Barcelona B. Semedo should start at right-back and complete the defence.
Sergi Roberto has been impressive at midfield and should get the nod to start. Frenkie De Jong might start as well, but be substituted off for Riqui Puig later in the game to add dynamicity to the game. To finish the midfield, Sergio Busquets should slot in at central defensive midfielder.
With the injury of Griezmann, Barcelona’s attack is pretty much complete. Ansu Fati should start at left-wing, Luis Suarez should start at striker and Lionel Messi should complete the attack at right-wing. Martin Braithwaite might come on as a substitute for either Suarez or Fati and complete the lineup.
The expected lineup looks like below
Barcelona 2 Osasuna 0
Barcelona has to win this game to pile up the pressure on Real Madrid. While their goalscoring has not been great so far, they are definitely motivated to go out with a bang.