Barcelona will be looking to return to winning ways in Spain’s top flight this weekend. They welcome Osasuna to Camp Nou on Sunday.
Barcelona lost 1-0 to Atletico Madrid last week and are looking for a bounce back. There is no getting away from the fact that this season’s Barca league form was extremely disappointing. They have picked up just 11 points from their eight matches to place 13th in the table.
Barcelona are already 12 points behind league leaders Real Sociedad but have 2 games in hand. Koeman will now be desperate to address his team’s disappointing league form. A strong result on Sunday would lead them nicely into next weekend’s clash with Cadiz.
Osasuna, meanwhile, will bring a three-game winless run into Sunday’s contest. They have picked up just a point from their last three outings against Atletico, Sevilla and Huesca. Three wins, two draws and four defeats from nine matches has seen Los Rojillos collect 11 points, leaving them 14th in the table, one position behind their opponents this weekend.
Barcelona have a major injury issues coming to this fixture. They will be without Pique, Araujo, Ansu Fati and Sergi Roberto. Although Busquets is back into the contention Koeman might not risk a start. As for Osasuna, Chimy Avila, Brandon, David Garcia and Adrian Lopez are all definitely out of the contest. Meanwhile, Jonathan Calleri, Aridane Hernandez, Juan Perez and Lucas Torro are doubts.
Barcelona possible starting lineup: Ter Stegen; Dest, Mingueza, Lenglet, Alba; De Jong, Pjanic; Coutinho, Messi, Dembele; Griezmann
Osasuna possible starting lineup: Herrera; Roncaglia, U Garcia, Navas; Vidal, Moncayola, Oier, Perez, Jony; Budimir, R Garcia