Despite their rather lowly league position, Barcelona B have made themselves tough to beat of late, though they’ve probably not been winning as much as manager Jordi Vinyals would have liked. The hosts come into this match off the back of four straight draws, while they’re unbeaten now in five. Having said that, they’re without a win in three at home, so they’ll be looking to regain the winning thread against an Osasuna side who’ve stuttered of late.
Earlier in the campaign it looked as though Osasuna would make the top six with ease, but they’ve since made things hard for themselves. Diego Martínez’s men are now as low as 10th and face a real battle to finish in the play-off spots, despite being just two points shy of 6th place. Having won just one of their last five, the visitors need to bounce back, though facing Barcelona’s secondary team away from home won’t be easy.
At the prices, the hosts are fairly easy to back on this occasion. They’ve not exactly set the world alight of late but facing an Osasuna side who’ve really struggled to put their best foot forward away from home could help Vinyals’ men.
Their home form may not be anything too special, as they’ve won just one of their last five on home soil, but it has to be said that Barca B have seemingly offered a lot more in the final third than Osasuna have of late. Vinyals’ side were perhaps unlucky not to beat Gimnastic in their penultimate home match, while the fact that they created plenty of opportunities (and scored two goals) against a more than useful Numancia side in their most recent match at Mini Estadi is positive. If the hosts can conjure up a similar performance against this Osasuna side, then it’s easy to see them coming out on top.
The problem for Osasuna of late, particularly on the road, has been goals, or rather a lack of goals. Diego Martínez’s side have struggled to hit their stride away from home, as they’ve notched just once in their last travelling matches. Defensively, they’ve not been the worst, though, taking some of their most recent away performances into account, it’s not difficult to see the hosts enjoying themselves on Sunday evening. The visitors may have kept a clean sheet against Albacete last time out, but they did play against ten men for more than 45 minutes. The fact that they were unable to seriously threaten, as they managed just a single shot on target, against a side with a man less for more than half of the contest is worrying. Prior to that, Gijon made light work of both dominating and shutting out Osasuna.
In all honesty, if you’re not creating chances (and therefore scoring goals) it’s tough to win matches. Right now, Osasuna are finding it tough from a creativity point of view, while their end-product is also poor. The hosts have offered far more than the visitors in that department of late, so this must be viewed as a very winnable game by Jordi Vinyals men. Backing Barcelona’s second side to heap the pressure on the misfiring visitors is the way to go.
Head To Head
Osasuna have had the better of this fixture in recent times, as they’ve won two of the last three renewals and are unbeaten during that time. Earlier in the season, the pair drew 2-2.
Barcelona B vs Osasuna Stats
- Osasuna have scored just four goals in their last ten away matches in Spain’s second division.
- Osasuna have failed to score in six of their last ten away matches in Spain’s second division.
- Overall this season, Osasuna have failed to score in a rather larger 47% of their away matches.