Osasuna could be forgiven for thinking they’re on a good run of form, with four wins and three draws in their last seven matches helping them climb to fifth in La Liga and through to the quarter-finals of the Copa del Rey.
However, normal yardsticks are redundant when a team’s next match is against Barcelona, the reigning World Club Cup, European Champions League, Spanish Primera Division and Supercopa de Espana champions and last season’s Copa del Rey finalists.
After a below-par five weeks – which started with a 0-0 draw at Camp Nou with Sevilla on 22nd October, included a 2-2 draw away at Athletic Bilbao and ended with a 1-0 defeat away to Getafe on 26th November – Barca have responded in style.
Putting Osasuna’s run in the shade, Barca have notched up seven consecutive victories, including a 3-1 success over title rivals Real Madrid at the Bernabeu.
Osasuna are also more likely to strike in the first 45 minutes, with 14 of their 21 league goals this season scored before half time.
As such, Jose Luis Mendilibar’s men will not be approaching the first leg of their Copa del Rey quarter-final at Camp Nou this evening with the sort of confidence you would normally associate with a side unbeaten in the last seven games.
Osasuna will also go into the game haunted by memories of their last trip to Camp Nou, when they were sent back to Pamplona with their tails between their legs after an 8-0 hiding.
Indeed, Barca have won the last four meetings between the sides without conceding a goal while scoring 15 themselves.
Will Pep Guardiola’s men be able to replicate their historic dominance and ease to a first leg victory this evening? The odds in bwin’s 3Way football betting market certainly suggest so.
Barca are priced at 7/100 to win on the night and 1/100 to make it through to the next round.
This leaves the draw at 19/2, an away victory at Camp Nou a long shot at 25/1 and an Osasuna success over the two-legged tie at 14/1.
Given Barcelona have yet to concede a goal in the league at Camp Nou this season and the fact they have conceded just once – to Real – in their last seven fixtures, a bet on a Barca win to nil at 57/100 looks much more tempting than a home success at 7/100.
For those searching for odds closer to evens, then 7/10 on there being over 1.5 goals in the first half looks like one to get on considering there have been at least two goals in the first 45 minutes in six of Barca’s last seven matches.
Barca were also 5-0 up at the break in their 7-0 win over Osasuna in September.
A successful £25 free bet on there being over 1.5 goals in the first half of this evening’s game is set to return £42.50, with the free bet available to new customers who sign up for a bwin account.
Finally, for the chance of even bigger returns, it could be worth a punt on there being more goals in the first half than there are in the second at odds of 33/20.
Thirty of the 50 league goals recorded by Barcelona this season have been scored in the first half and there have been more goals before the interval than there have after the break in four of Barca’s last six home games.
Meanwhile, Osasuna are also more likely to strike in the first 45 minutes, with 14 of their 21 league goals this season scored before half time.
Those odds of 33/20 therefore look far more tempting than the price of 21/20 offered on there being more goals in the second half than there are in the first.
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