On loan Arsenal forward Carlos Vela is back in action on Sunday in La Liga with loan club CA Osasuna Pamplona against the Catalan side RCD Espanyol Barcelona in a another crucial battle to stay in spain’s top league. Vela was sidelined as Osasuna was defeated by Recreativo Huelva at home after picking up 5 yellow cards this season meaning a suspension.
Carlos Vela will start on the left wing to support Kike Sola or Eduardo Dady up front. Osasuna coach Jose Angel Ziganda said in the week, that Carlos Vela has certainly a place in the starting formation when the Osasunistas travel to Barcelona. When Vela is on the pitch, the Pamplona outfit immediately have more faith in their abilities.
After the home defeat for Osasuna on Sunday, Jose Angel Ziganda will see this battle against a strong Espanyol side as another important step for the club on the way to avoiding relegation for the club. Osasuna is now in a situation where the team needs every point.
Ernesto Valverde’s side are currently 7th in the league table and they have big hopes to play in next season’s UEFA Cup. Captain and Top Goalscorer Raul Tamudo is the the most dangerous player in this side.
Vela’s side are currently 16th with 37 points with Espanyol currently 7th with 45 points so only 8 points seperate them and Pamplona outfit, but with the recent form, they are firm favourites to turn over the away side on Sunday and collect all three points.
Kickoff at Estadio Olimpico de Montjuic in Barcelona is on Sunday 13th April 5pm (CET) and 4pm English time.
The Osasunistas must travel without center back Josetxo as well as Swiss international Xavier Margairaz plus Ludovic Delporte. Big doubts are Cape Verde striker Eduardo Dady as well as Iran international Javad Nekounam. Nekounam could be in the 18 man Squad after his long term absence.
The team will drive on Saturday afternoon on the teambus from training ground Tajonar to Barcelona. The arrival at Barcelona Hotel NH Constanza is planned at 8.30pm (CET) where the team will check in for the night.
Estadio Olimpico de Montjuic, Barcelona – Pic from Harald Beisermann
Ricardo – Azpilicueta, Miguel Flano, Cruchaga, Monreal – Punal, javi Garcia – Juanfran, Plasil, Vela – Kike Sola (Dady)
Subs: Elia, Javier Flano, Hugo Viana, Hector Font, Javad Nekounam, Portillo, Dady
The 18 man squad will be announced on Saturday by coach Jose Angel Ziganda for the trip to the Capital of Catalunya!
Article by – A.Zimmerman