Osasuna will look to break into the top half of the table when they host Real Valladolid at the El Sadar in the La Liga on Saturday.
Osasuna Match Form
Los Rojillos are having a fine season, especially considering they were promoted from the Segunda Division after winning it. They are currently 12th in the table, with 24 points from 19 games. They are level on points with Real Betis below them while Levante are 2 points ahead with Granada another point further in 10th place.
All things considered, Jagoba Arrasate has done a fine job so far and will undoubtedly aim for a top-10 finish in the second half of the season. After beating Hara 2-1 in the Copa del Rey second round last weekend, the gaffer would want his side to carry the momentum into the league.
Valladolid Match Form
Real Valladolid are once again stuck in the mid-table after finishing 16th last season. They are marginally better this time around, in 14th place, picking up 21 points from 19 games.
Sergio Gonzalez’s men are relatively safe from the drop at the moment, holding a six-point gap over 18th-placed RCD Mallorca. Looking up, they are 3 points behind Real Betis and this week’s opponents, Osasuna, while a top-half place is currently 6 points away.
Travelling to Osasuna brings forth a tricky fixture and after scraping past Marbella in the Copa del Rey second round over the weekend, Gonzalez will hope for an improved performance in this one.
Team News & H2H
In terms of team news, Arrasate will miss the services of Estupinan due to suspension, however, Ruben Martinez and Enrique Barja are back in training for the home side. Meanwhile, Antonio Latorre, Raul Rodriguez Navas and Luis Perea are all doubts for the game.
Coming to the visitors, Gonzalez has a few injury doubts with the likes of Toni Villa, Javi Sanchez and Stiven Plaza all doubts for the game. Meanwhile, Luismi and Nacho Martinez are touch and go for this one.
Looking at head-to-head, the duo met 27 times so far, with Osasuna winning 10 to Valladolid’s 4. The remaining 13 games ended in draws, highlighting the close nature of these meetings.
Last 5 Meetings and Osasuna vs Valladolid Betting Tips
In the last 5 meetings, Valladolid have won just once, compared to Osasuna’s 3 and the home side is unbeaten in their last 4 meetings on this ground.
Meanwhile, recent form firmly favours neither side with Osasuna picking up 5 points to Valladolid’s 4 in the last 5 league games. Further, Arrasate’s men have failed to register a clean sheet in any of their last 6 league games and the trend can be expected to continue.
Thus, this game can be expected to be a close one with both teams sharing the spoils in the end.
Osasuna Predicted XI: Herrera; Moncayola, Hernandez, Garcia, Vidal; Oier, Brasanac; Torres, Adrian, Garcia; Avila
Valladolid Predicted XI: Masip; Antonito, Kiko, Salisu, Moyano; Plano, Alcaraz, Fernandez, Suarez; Guardiola, Unal