An on the rise Barcelona host mid-table Osasuna in La Liga on Sunday night.
Xavi Hernandez has steered his boyhood club to 11 unbeaten league games, losing just once in the Spanish top flight since he took the reins.
Osasuna sit snugly in 11th place on the back of the decidedly mixed form which teams in that part of the table seem to compile (two wins, two defeats and one draw from their last five games).
Here’s all you need to know about the meeting between these two.
When is kick off? Sunday 13 March, 20:00 (GMT)
Where is the match being played? Camp Nou
TV channel/live stream? LaLigaTV (UK), ESPN+ (US), TSN (Canada)
Highlights? La Liga YouTube
Referee? Ricardo de Burgos Bengoetxea
VAR? Ignacio Iglesias Villanueva
Barcelona are still without their teenage sensation Ansu Fati. Only three teammates have outscored the 19-year-old in La Liga this season despite his tally of three starts. However, Fati is out until late March at the earliest.
The perennially absent Samuel Umtiti continues to bolster his injury-prone reputation with a foot problem that isn’t expected to clear up until April. Both La Masia graduates Alex Balde (ankle) and Sergi Roberto (tendon) are also doubts.
Osasuna’s only absentee is back-up right-back Jesus Areso. The 22-year-old had only made two appearances before fracturing his fibula ahead of the reverse fixture against Barcelona in December.
Barcelona have dropped points in three of their last five league games against Osasuna, including a 2-2 at El Sadar at the end of the year. However, the Blaugrana have had the historical edge on home soil.
The Catalan behemoths have won 30 of the 39 La Liga meetings with Osasuna at Camp Nou, often by extravagant score lines; this decade alone Barcelona have twice rattled seven past Los Rojillos and claimed an 8-0 thrashing too.
Osasuna earned a surprise victory at home to Champions League knockout participants Villarreal last weekend with just 28% possession. The Pamplona outfit may attempt to frustrate Barcelona with similar methods this weekend.
Galatasaray only had 32% of the ball as they held Barcelona to a 0-0 draw on Thursday but gave up a wealth of chances – taking just three shots themselves – on an evening that could well have ended in a victory for the La Liga side.
Osasuna may not be quite as fortunate this weekend.
Prediction: Barcelona 2-0 Osasuna