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Leo Messi’s five goals

Leo Messi has scored a total of five goals in Pamplona. The first came in the fog in the 2008/09 fixture, when a powerful long range drive gave Barça a 3-2 win. In the 2010/11 (3-0) and 2012/13 (2-1) seasons he scored braces on both occasions to help the team to victory.

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Fran Mérida and Oriol Riera, Barça youth products

Two of the current Osasuna squad members were formed at FC Barcelona. Fran Mérida was part of the youth team until 2005, while Oriol Riera was at Barça B until 2006. The latter is in his second spell at Osasuna, after playing there in the 2014/15 campaign.

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Kodro, a well-known surname for Barça

The son of Meho Kodro, former FC Barcelona striker in 1995/96, is part of the Osasuna squad. It is his third season at the club and is trying to push for a place in the team, playing 363 minutes in La Liga so far.

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Finely balanced

Saturday will see the 37th meeting between the two in Pamplona and the results column looks fairly balanced: Barça have won 13, Osasuna 11 while there have been 12 draws. The goals are also quite even, with Barça scoring three more than the opponents with 47, who currently sit bottom of the table.

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Hugely different side

The last time Barça went to Pamplona was in October 2013. The lineup that day was Victor Valdes, Bartra, Puyol, Adriano, Busquets, Xavi, Iniesta, Cesc, Pedro and Neymar Jr. Just Busquets and Iniesta from the current squad can play on Saturday, while Neymar Jr is suspended.


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