Osasuna vs Espanyol Match Preview & Prediction

Osasuna vs Mallorca Match Preview & Prediction

Osasuna vs Espanyol predictions, H2H and match preview for this Sunday’s game in La Liga. Read on for analysis and predicted line-ups as Abelardo’s men face a key road game in their battle for survival.

by Mark Sochon – @marksoc1 on twitter

Osasuna vs Espanyol predictions

Osasuna vs Espanyol Match Preview

Espanyol’s bid to really kick-start a dramatic escape act heads to Pamplona this weekend as they take on mid-table Osasuna. Jagoba Arrasate’s side have an 11 point advantage on Espanyol heading into this match but they probably still need a couple more victories to absolutely secure their top flight status heading into next season.

Osasuna have lost 4 of their last 5 matches in La Liga. The exception was an impressive derby win at San Mames but they have struggled at El Sadar in recent months, pretty much ever since their record breaking unbeaten home run ended. Indeed it’s just 1 victory in 7 home league outings and only 5 points from those matches for Osasuna and that should offer plenty of encouragement to the visitors here.

Espanyol have now played 8 league games since appointing Abelardo. They’ve only lost 2 of them which is a significant improvement on their form under his two predecessors. However they’ve struggled to turn draws into victories and remain rooted to the foot of the table heading into this match, which is one they really need to win.

They certainly have one thing that Osasuna are currently lacking and that’s an in-form goalscorer. Raul De Tomas has really hit the ground running since joining Espanyol from Benfica and he’s already their top league goalscorer this season with 4 in 5 matches. He’s sure to lead the line here and Abelardo’s men will be hoping he can fire them to a priceless victory on the road.

Osasuna vs Espanyol Predictions

Score Prediction: 2-1 Espanyol

Espanyol are playing considerably better now and on paper they will be able to name a stronger starting XI than Osasuna despite being so far below them in the standings. El Sadar is no longer the fortress it was earlier this term and throughout last season. Espanyol look capable of breaching it and coming away with a vital win that could be a real platform for them to build from.

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Osasuna vs Espanyol H2H

  • Last 6 Competitive Meetings: 2 Osasuna Wins, 3 Espanyol Wins, 1 Draw.
  • Osasuna were 4-2 winners at the RCDE Stadium earlier this season.
  • However Espanyol had won the previous 2 meetings including a 2-1 win on their last trip to Pamplona.
  • Osasuna have won 4 of the last 6 meetings at El Sadar overall.

Predicted Line Ups

Osasuna Team:

Martinez – Estupinan, Garcia, Hernandez, Vidal – Garcia, Sanjurjo, Brasanac, Torres – Arnaiz, Gallego (4-4-2)

Espanyol Team:

Lopez – Didac, Cabrera, Espinosa, Javi Lopez – Darder, Sanchez, Lopez, Embarba – De Tomas, Wu (4-4-2)

Elsewhere this Sunday in La Liga

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About Mark Sochon 2070 Articles
Mark is a freelance writer based in Madrid. He has been writing about Spanish football since 2014 and regularly attends and covers matches across Spain. His work has also been published by various newspapers and websites including These Football Times, World Soccer and Guardian Sport. Available for freelance work: marksochon (at) hotmail.co.uk

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