Barcelona vs. Osasuna: Preview and TV schedule

Alex Livesey

Barca's roller coaster ride of a season continues against Osasuna. Will this be a peak or another low?

After leading the league for over half the season, Barcelona suddenly find themselves without any margin for error if they want to avoid dropping out of the title race.

Martino will likely rest Gerard Piqué to ensure he has his defender available for next weekend's Clásico. Piqué is one yellow card away from a mandatory suspension, and risking him picking up that card against Osasuna would be a bad idea. With their Champions League Round of 16 tie complete, Martino can focus on the league for a week but he can ill afford to see his side slip-up again.

After wins for Madrid and Atlético on Saturday, Barca must win to keep pace. It's as simple as that.

Osasuna are precariously perched three points clear of the drop zone in 15th place. With nearly everyone behind them suddenly starting to get points, there's work to be done for the Rojillos if they want to avoid life in Second Division.

Barcelona injuries and suspensions

Out: Jonathan dos Santos (knee), Isaac Cuenca (hamstring).

Osasuna injuries and suspensions

Out: Sisi (knee), Miguel de las Cuevas (toe). In Doubt: Marc Bertran (hamstring).

Projected lineups

Barcelona: Victor Valdés, Dani Alves, Marc Bartra, Javier Mascherano, Adriano, Sergio Busquets, Andrés Iniesta, Cesc Fàbregas, Alexis Sánchez, Lionel Messi, Neymar.

Osasuna: Andrés, Oier, Jordan Lotiès, Damià, Lolo, Francisco Silva, Álvaro Cejudo, Roberto Torres, Emiliano Armenteros, Oriol Riera

Match Date/Time: 4 p.m. local, 11 a.m. ET

Venue: Camp Nou, Barcelona, Spain

TV: beIN Sports USA, beIN Sports en Español (U.S.), Sky Sports 2 (U.K.), Canal+ Liga (Spain)

Online: beIN Sports Play (U.S.), beIN Sports Play (Canada), Gol Stadium (Spain)

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