Espanyol vs Osasuna predictions, H2H and match preview for this Sunday’s match in La Liga. Read on for analysis and predicted line-ups as the hosts look for their first home league win of the campaign.
Espanyol vs Osasuna Preview
Espanyol finally chalked up their first home point of the new season last weekend against Getafe and they could desperately do with going one better here against Osasuna who suffered their first home defeat in 18 months last time out. The Pamplona outfit will know they can increase their advantage on Espanyol to 13 points were they to win this and that would be a really nice cushion for the new boys to have at such an early stage in the season.
In the circumstances, a home draw would have felt like a victory last weekend for Espanyol fans such was how long they’d had to wait for even a point to cheer. However in the grander scheme of things, they remain in deep trouble with their relegation fears growing every week where they don’t pick up a victory. Pablo Machin was a popular appointment but despite Europa League progress, he only has 4 points to show for his 6 league outings to date and this might just be a tougher job than even he realised when he agreed to take over.
It’ll be interesting to see how Osasuna respond to that rarest of home defeats last time out after 30 unbeaten matches at El Sadar. They’ve not been terrible travellers by any means with only two away defeats heading into December, an impressive showing from a newly promoted team but you do have to go back to the opening weekend at Leganes to find their only road win.
Espanyol will make plenty of changes from their Europa League XI for this match and they’ll be hoping for a bit more inspiration from their Chinese striker Wu Lei who netted his first league goal of the season to earn his side that first home point last time out. Osasuna meanwhile are unlikely to press the panic button following that defeat last weekend with minimal changes expected.
Espanyol vs Osasuna Predictions
Score Prediction: 1-1 Draw
This one feels like a nailed on draw. 57% of Osasuna’s away games so far this season have finished up all square and they’d still see a draw as a good result. The onus will be on Espanyol as the home team to break them down but they just look short on serious goal threats this term and a point may be as good as it gets again for them here.
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Espanyol vs Osasuna H2H
- Last 6 competitive meetings: 3 Espanyol Wins, 2 Osasuna Wins, 1 Draw.
- Espanyol did the double over Osasuna the last time they were in the top flight (2016-17).
- However Osasuna have won on 2 of their last 4 trips to the RCDE Stadium overall.
- They’ve been reduced to 10 men in 3 of their last 5 away games against Espanyol.
Predicted Line Ups
Diego Lopez – David Lopez, Bernardo, Calero – Pedrosa, Roca, Darder, Sanchez, Gomez – Calleri, Wu (3-5-2)
Herrera – Lillo, David Garcia, Roncaglia, Estupinan – Torres, Oier, Merida, Ruben Garcia – Villar, Avila (4-4-2)
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