PEOPLE’S MIND – Osasuna will host Athletic Bilbao early this morning in the continuation of Week 36 of the Spanish La Liga . The duel will take place at Estadio El Sadar, Pamplona, Spain on Friday, 26 May 2023 at 2.30 WIB.
Osasuna is currently in tenth place in the Spanish La Liga standings , three points behind Athletic Bilbao , which is in seventh place.
Head to Head
Osasuna and Athletic Bilbao have met 43 times in the Spanish domestic competition. From that period, Los Leones won 20 matches, compared to 11 for Los Rojillos.
– April 5, 2023: Bilbao 1-1 Osasuna (Copa del Rey)
– March 2, 2023: Osasuna 1-0 Bilbao (Copa del Rey)
– January 10, 2023: Bilbao 0-0 Osasuna ( Spanish League )
– May 16, 2022: Bilbao 2-0 Osasuna ( Spanish League )
– January 4, 2022: Osasuna 1-3 Bilbao ( Spanish League )
Since returning to promotion to La Liga in 2019, Osasuna in three consecutive years have always finished 10th and 11th. Now they have the opportunity to end the season in the top seven.
Victory over Athletic Bilbao tonight can make Osasuna realize this, but they still have to compete with other teams such as Girona and Sevilla who have a similar mission.
Jagoba Arreste’s men have won three of their last four games at home and scored eight goals in that period although overall, they have been one of the least productive teams in La Liga this season (32 goals from 35 matches).
However, Los Rojillos head into this match having been beaten by Atletico Madrid last week and it was the fourth defeat in the Pamplona side’s last five matches in all competitions.
Meanwhile, last week’s narrow lead over Celta Vigo ended Athletic Bilbao’s four-match winless streak and lifted their position back into the top seven.
These results make Los Leones have won four of the last eight matches in La Liga and previously they also recorded five wins from 10 matches.
In addition, Ernesto Valverde’s squad have also lost just one of their last six away matches and are claiming 11 points from a possible 18 since losing to Atletico Madrid in February.
Predicted Starting Line Up
Osasuna coach Jagoba Arreste is confused by the absence of a number of their pillars such as Abde Ezzalzouli, Moi Gomez, Darko Brasanac and Nacho Vidal due to injury.
As for Athletic Bilbao, they are also without Ander Herrera, Inigo Martinez and Jon Morcillo due to injury, while Yeray Alvarez and Dani Garcia are doubtful about their fitness levels.
Herrera; Pena, Hernandez, Garcia, Sanchez; Moncayola, Torro, Oroz; Garcia, Budimir, Avila
Athletic Bilbao (4-5-1)
Simon; De Marcos, Vivian, Paredes, Berchiche; Zarraga; Williams, Sancet, Muniain, Berenguer; Williams
A great battle is predicted to occur in this duel because each team has advantages to be proud of.
Osasuna is quite strong at home, while Athletic Bilbao has an impressive away record, so a draw is considered fair for both of them.
Score prediction: Osasuna 1-1 Bilbao.***