Barcelona are sitting pretty at the top of Spain’s La Liga courtesy of their win over Real Madrid on Sunday evening. The El Clasico looked set to be heading for a draw but for Lionel Messi to score his 500th goal for Barca in the second minute of added time.
Casemiro opened the scoring for the home side in the 28th minute before Lionel Messi levelled the scores. Ivan Rakitic put the Catalans into the lead in the second half before James Rodriguez drew things level. By this time Real were down to ten men following the red carding of Sergio Ramos and the spoils looked set to be shared before Messi fired home the winner.
This win puts Barcelona at the top of Spain’s Primera Division although they have played a game more than Real Madrid Real Madrid and the slightest slip-up could result in the Catalans being knocked off their lofty perch. Indeed Barca have been no strangers to slip-ups this season with two defeats in their previous seven games in La Liga, however they boast an excellent record at the Nou Camp and this should be enough to lift them to victory once again when Osasuna come to town on Wednesday evening.
Osasuna have been struggling in front of goal away from home this season and we don’t expect them to pose the Barcelona rearguard too many problems in this clash, a clean-sheet for the hosts looking to be a more formality as they look to remain at the top of the league table.