With Barcelona set to face Athletic Bilbao in this year’s Copa del Rey, Osasuna will be hoping that the distraction will lend them a hand in attaining victory as Bet365 make them long odds as the current Premiera Division champions travel to the Reyno de Navarra on Saturday.
Los Rojillos will be hoping for a dramatic improvement on the scoreline that the reverse fixture finished on in September when Barça annihilated Osasuna 8-0 at the Nou Camp.
José Luis Mendilibar’s side have run out the current campaign in similar fashion to the 2010-11 season, finding themselves currently sitting in 9th place where they finished last May.
Although the Camp Nou has proven to be a fortress this season, Barcelona’s away form hasn’t been quite as impressive.
Five of the six games that the Spanish giants have dropped points in this season have come in results away from home and Osasuna will be keen on mimicking the likes of Getafe, Espanyol and Villarreal in snatching points from the champions.
Barça boast the second best away form in La Liga, scoring an average of 1.60 goals per away game this term.
The Catalans are sure to be tested in their fixture however, with Osasuna holding the league’s fifth best home defence, conceding on average just 0.82 goals per game when playing at home.
The away side can move to within four points of Real Madrid for at least 24 hours should they win on Saturday, but their proximity may not last with league leaders Real Madrid set to host Levante on Sunday.