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Oct 31, 2009

FC Barcelona would be looking to continue their two match winning streak at Osasuna tonight. After the set-backs suffered at Valencia and against Rubin Kazan at Camp Nou, Barca looked to have got their campaign back to the right track, but still this will be a huge test. The defeat against Rubin Kazan had made the return leg on wednesday a must win affair . In view of that Guardiola would love to give rest to some of the key players. Xavi for me might see more rest after playing non-stop till last week. Henry is back in the squad after recovering from the fitness and he should see some play time. Osasuna currently lies in tenth position in the table. But that doesn't sound too much in Barca's favour as a visit to Pamplona is always regarded as one of the toughest. Barca had won 11 times in 31 visits with 10 draw and ten defeats at Pamplona. So this one is definitely a tough one. Last season we won 3-2 here with some late goals.

Guardiola has announced the squad to travel and it is - Valdés, Pinto, Puyol, Piqué, Chygrynskiy, Marquez, Abidal, Maxwell, Toure, Busquets, Xavi, Keita, Iniesta, Messi, Pedro, Bojan, Ibrahimovic, Henry, Jeffren. IOut of the regulars I only expect Xavi to be rested. Valdes would return back at goal. Puyol, Pique, Marquez and Abidal would ideally form the defense. Iniesta should take Xavi's role in a midfield which may have Busquets in place of Toure. Keita with his recent form should be awarded another start. Pedro looks like he cannot stop scoring and should see himself starting on the left along with Ibra and Messi. Barca should look to finish of the gam early as that will give room for Guardiola to rest some players. Meanwhile six Barca players have been nominated for FIFA World Player of the year. Henry, Ibrahimovic, Iniesta, Messi, Puyol and Xavi are all in the running, which most probably will be won by Lionel Messi. Samuel Eto'o who is currently playing at Inter also is featured in the list.

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