As Real Betis were dismantled last weekend, Barcelona are looking forward to taking another bold step toward winning a 27th La Liga crown against CA Osasuna on Tuesday at 18:30 (GMT+1). Kickoff for FC Barcelona vs CA Osasuna takes place at Camp Nou starting 18:30 (GMT+1) on May 2, 2015.
Barcelona Cruise to 4-0 Win Over 10-Man Real Betis; Xavi Praises Response After Rayo Defeat
Barcelona defeated 10-man Real Betis with an emphatic 4-0 win on Saturday at Camp Nou. Andreas Christensen opened proceedings before Robert Lewandowski added another two minutes after Real Betis were reduced to just nine players. Raphinha [39′] extended Barcelona’s lead before Guido Rodriguez scored an own goal [82′ O.G] that officially put an end to the match. Xavi commented at post-match press conference: “We needed to respond after our last defeat against Rayo. There’s been nothing worse.” This match had it all; from start to finish. “Overall, the response was good,” noted Xavi. Following Barcelona’s weekend victory over Betis, they now hold an 11-point advantage heading into Tuesday’s match, having amassed 79 points [25W, 4D, 3L]. Barca are looking to close in on a 27th La Liga title and could extend their winning streak against Osasuna with three victories in a row over them, expected to feature Robert Lewandowski, Gavi and Raphinha as attackers in their 4–3–3 formation against them. Ansu Fati will likely feature off the bench again, having done so last time out; Gavi will likely start on the left flank. Ousmane Dembele made his long-awaited comeback against Betis after three months on the sidelines and remains in contention to start at Raphinha’s expense; Sergi Roberto [hamstring] remains unavailable.
Osasuna suffer second consecutive loss as Real Sociedad cruise to 2-0 win at El Sadar
Osasuna were defeated 2-0 at Real Sociedad at El Sadar this weekend, suffering their second straight loss in five games (WLWWL). Sergio Herrera [6′ O.G] conceded an own goal while Takefusa Kubo [90′] made sure they would leave without taking anything away from El Sadar. Los Rojillos currently hold 44 points after 12 wins, 8 draws and 12 losses to Barcelona over 12 matches (Won-Lost record of 12W-8D-12L) with eight defeats against each opponent this season – five behind them in terms of overall rankings. They head into this midweek clash hoping for at least a draw; four points away from qualifying for Europe via their result against them last time out. An unlikely win here could see them close the gap on their section and create an optimistic environment ahead of their Copa del Rey final against Real Madrid on May 6. “Of course. “Yes, there’s a difference,” Arrasate admitted during a recent interview. In their defeat against Sociedad, Arrasate employed a 4-2-2–3–1 formation with Kike Garcia at forward position – something which they are expected to do again this season.