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How Barcelona could line up against Osasuna

Sports Mole takes an in-depth look at how Barcelona could line up for Saturday's La Liga clash with Osasuna.

Barcelona will be looking to close the gap on La Liga leaders Atletico Madrid when they travel to an in-form Osasuna in Spain's top flight this weekend.

Ronald Koeman's side will again be without the services of Philippe Coutinho, Ansu Fati and Sergi Roberto for Saturday's contest, and it is still unclear when each of the trio could return to the field.

Miralem Pjanic and Ronald Araujo remain doubts, meanwhile, with the former missing the last two matches with an ankle problem, while the latter was absent against Sevilla in the Copa del Rey on Wednesday, having picked up a problem on his return to the field against Sevilla in the league last weekend.

Gerard Pique has also been ruled out with a knee injury, meaning that Oscar Mingueza could start at the heart of the defence alongside Clement Lenglet.

Koeman has plenty of decisions to make as Barca will face Paris Saint-Germain in the second leg of their last-16 Champions League clash next Wednesday, trailing 4-1 from the first leg.

The manager is expected to resist the temptation to make wholesale changes on Saturday night, with Lionel Messi, Jordi Alba, Frenkie de Jong and Sergio Busquets all expected to keep their spots.

Barca could revert to a back four, though, with Mingueza, as mentioned, coming in for the injured Pique, while Koeman is likely to make alterations in attack with Antoine Griezmann and Trincao potentially coming back in.

Ousmane Dembele was on the scoresheet in the impressive Copa del Rey turnaround against Sevilla but could be given the chance to rest ahead of the PSG fixture.

Pedri was only cleared to return from injury in the build-up to Wednesday's game, but the teenager is expected to again be named in the starting XI against Osasuna, who have won three of their last four.

Barcelona possible starting lineup: Ter Stegen; Dest, Mingueza, Lenglet, Alba; Pedri, Busquets, De Jong; Trincao, Messi, Griezmann

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2Real Madrid30206453242966
3Barcelona30205569264365
4Sevilla30194744242061
5Real Sociedad301211747311647
6Real Betis30145114043-347
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9Levante30911103739-238
10Celta Vigo30910114148-737
11Athletic Bilbao30910113933637
12CadizCadiz3098132745-1835
13Valencia30810123742-534
14Osasuna30810122536-1134
15Getafe3079142234-1230
16Huesca30512133145-1427
17Real Valladolid30512132741-1427
18ElcheElche30511142746-1926
19AlavesAlaves3059162447-2324
20EibarEibar30411152236-1423

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