Analysing Barcelona’s upcoming La Liga clash with Huesca

Following a disappointing loss to PSG in the Champions League, Barcelona have an opportunity to re-find their form against rock bottom Huesca,

As their rollercoaster of a season continued this week, Barcelona were once again humiliated on European football's premier stage as a humiliating 5-2 aggregate defeat against PSG saw them crash out of the Champions League round of 16.

Blaugrana captain Lionel Messi instilled a small glimmer of hope with a thunderous strike from 25-yards but later saw his penalty saved by Keylor Navas as the two sides played out a 1-1 draw, with the previous catalonian calamity in the first-leg eliminating them in the French capital.

Moving away from the fixture in France, an important month of football awaits Barcelona if they are to prevent a second consecutive trophyless season; it includes a handful of tough fixtures in the La Liga title race and a Copa Del Rey final clash with Real Sociedad.

Providing Koeman's side a golden opportunity to restore the belief is a league tie against rock-bottom Huesca at the Nou Camp on Monday.

With just 20 points from 27 games this season, Los Azulgranas are fighting for their lives, and their misery is likely to continue further in Barcelona.

Tip of the fixture

With 24 goals to his name already this season in all competitions, Lionel Messi is also leading the race for the La Liga golden boot.

Paddy Power are offering odds of 13/8 for the Argentine to score two or more goals on Monday.

(Odds correct at time of writing, subject to change).

Stat attack

Huesca have never beaten Barcelona in the history of this fixture. Since their first encounter in 2014, Blaugrana have come out on top four times and the two sides have drawn just once in a 0-0 at the Estadio el Alcaraz.

The Catalonian outfit have registered 21 goals against Los Azulgranas with their opponents scoring just three. Over their last five encounters, there has been an average of 4.8 goals.

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In just two games at the Nou Camp, Barcelona have scored a grand total of 16 times, with eight goals in each of their fixtures. Another high-scoring affair is bound to await them again.

Koeman's side have kept three clean sheets against Juan Jose Rojo Martin's side, with their opponents keeping just one in the aforementioned 0-0 stalemate.

Memorable matches

Barcelona 8-1 Huesca

Copa Del Rey

December 16, 2014

A first-half hat-trick from Pedro stole the show at the Nou Camp as Barcelona romped to a 12-1 aggregate thrashing against Huesca in the Copa Del Rey's round of 32.

Despite the omission of their iconic 'MSN' strike partnership, Luis Enrique's side seemed completely unphased as the tricky Spanish winger scored three in quick succession alongside compatriots Sergi Roberto and Andres Iniesta who pitched in with a goal each.

Adriano, Ramirez and a debut goal from Adama Traore added insult to injury in the second-half whilst the visitors pulled back a novelty consolation goal as the tie astoundingly finished 8-1.

Blaugrana beat Atletico Bilbao 3-1 in the final, after advancing past Elche, Villareal and Atletico Madrid.

Barcelona 8-2 Huesca

La Liga

September 2, 2018

In a ten-goal spectacle in Catalonia, four goal contributions from Lionel Messi helped Barcelona come back from a goal down to decimate the hopeless Huescans and remain top of the table at the start of the 2017/18 La Liga season.

After Watford loanee Cucho Fernandez put the visitors ahead, Blaugrana responded emphatically and - despite a second Huesca goal from Gallar Fulguera - held on to a 3-2 lead at half-time thanks to goals from Messi and Suarez, who scored either side of an unfortunate own-goal by Jorge Pulido.

The second-half told an entirely different and much more one-sided tale as the Nou Camp outfit scored five more goals - scoring a total of eight past Los Azulgranas for the second time in just over four years.

It took the hosts just three minutes to find the net after the restart. Ousmane Dembele added a fourth with a powerful left-footed strike across Werner into the bottom-right corner, as two assists from Lionel Messi provided goals for Rakitic and Alba with the Argentine completing his brace inbetween.

Messi passed up a chance for a hat-trick for the clubs eighth and final goal, opting to award the spotkick to strike partner Luis Suarez, who matched the illustrious number-ten with a brace of his own, sending the keeper the wrong way.

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