Our prediction for this Primera Division match:
Estadio El Sadar will host Tuesday’s La Liga game between Osasuna and Barcelona, the two top-table sides. Thanks to a 2-0 win over Almeria Barcelona climbed to top position in the standings, but Real Madrid have one game in hand. Since Gerard Pique played his last game for Barca at the weekend, with fellow defender Andreas Christensen likely to step up. Raphinha is pushing for a start, while all Yannick Kessie, Sergi Roberto, and Ronald Araujo are out of contention through injuries.
Los Rojillos, on the other hand, aim to build on back-to-back wins over Valladolid (2-0) and Celta Vigo (2-1), but Barcelona will pose a much bigger threat for the hosts than their previous rivals. In their last meeting in La Liga Barca crushed Osasuna 4-0, and given the away team’s four-game winning run, we are tempted to put our money on Xavi’s troops. Abde Ezzalzouli misses out with a thigh injury, while Kike Saveiro is a major doubt.
Highlighted Player (Roberto Torres):
After scoring 23 goals in 132 appearances for Osasuna B, Roberto Torres made his first-team debut on 11 December 2011. He came as a substitute in a 1-1 draw with Malaga, but he played no more than two league games for los Rojillos in the 2011/2012 La Liga campaign. However, he was making progress year by year and he made 42 appearances for Osasuna in the 2015/2016 Segunda Division campaign.
Roberto Torres is one of the players who helped the team secure promotion to Primera Division and it has to be noted that the midfielder scored 12 goals in the 2015/2016 season.
Roberto Torres’ contract with Osasuna expires in 2018. The 178-cm-tall player was born in Pamplona, on 7 March, 1989. His main position is attacking midfielder, but he is capable of playing as a central midfielder as well. He scored his first goal in Primera Division in a 2-4 loss to Real Madrid in the 2012/2013 campaign.
Highlighted Team (Barcelona):
Barcelona is a Spanish football club based in Barcelona, Catalonia. Barca were founded in 1899 and they are regarded as one of the greatest clubs in world football. The Catalan giants won their 24th La Liga title in 2016, with Luis Suarez winning “El Pichichi” award. Barcelona have won five European Cup trophies and a number of top-class players were part of the team in the past.
The likes of Hristo Stoichkov, Romario, Rivaldo, Ronaldinho, Ronaldo, Johan Cruyff, Diego Maradona and Pep Guardiola are some of many players that played for Barca in the past, but, no doubt, Leo Messi has established himself as the club’s trademark. Barcelona welcome their rivals at Camp Nou, the stadium that was built in 1957.
Barcelona’s local rivals are Espanyol, but the rivalry between Barca and Real Madrid is much bigger. The two La Liga giants face each other in “El Clasico”, which is considered one of the most exciting derbies in the world football. Barca are famous for their football youth school La Masia as well.