Osasuna vs Valencia Match Preview & Predictions

Osasuna vs Valencia

Osasuna vs Valencia match preview and predictions for Wednesday’s LaLiga match. Read on for the head-to-head, team news and predicted lineups as Los Che travel to El Sadar.

Date Wednesday 21st April 2021
Kick-Off 19:00 (local time)
Stadium El Sadar
Competition LaLiga

Osasuna vs Valencia Preview

Osasuna stadium
El Sadar via Aimar Zubi, CC BY-SA 4.0

LaLiga returns with a full midweek fixture list on Wednesday and Thursday. Virtually every match between now and the end of the campaign looks as though it will have something riding on it. There will be rare exceptions and this looks like one of them with Osasuna and Valencia seemingly destined for mid-table finishes.

Osasuna all but secured their safety last time out with a 2-0 home win over Elche. Kike Barja’s 1st Half strike set them on their way before an own goal sealed a victory which extended Osasuna’s advantage on the bottom three clubs to 10 points with most clubs having only 7 matches to play. Even if Osasuna were to lose every match from here, there’s a good chance they’d have enough to stay in LaLiga.

Jagoba Arrasate will have something of the luxury of a run of games now where he can maybe experiment a bit and perhaps take a look at a few fringe players. Funds are likely to be very tight at bottom half clubs in LaLiga this summer so a club like Osasuna is likely to be in a position where they will have to go again with what they’ve got, perhaps with a few loan deals and free transfers.

Valencia fans meanwhile will be bracing themselves for another summer which may see key players depart. We’ll also wait and see what will happen with Javi Gracia who is widely believed to have fallen out with the owners but whether Peter Lim and co are willing to pay him off is quite another matter.

Los Che are two points worse off than their opponents currently and perhaps do need one more win or a couple of draws to be absolutely certain of their future in the top flight. They come into this one following back-to-back 2-2 draws against Betis and Real Sociedad with goals from Goncalo Guedes and Carlos Soler rescuing a point at the Benito Villamarin.

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Head to Head

  • Last 6 Competitive Meetings: 1 Osasuna Win, 3 Valencia Wins, 2 Draws.
  • 3 of the last 4 meetings have been won by the team playing at home.
  • Osasuna won this fixture 3-1 last season, but they’d failed to win any of their previous 5 home games vs Valencia.
  • The sides drew 1-1 at Mestalla in January.

Team News

Ruben Martinez, Juan Cruz and Inigo Martinez are injured for the hosts.

Maxi Gomez is suspended for the visitors who have doubts over Correia and Soler too.

Predicted Osasuna Starting Lineup:

Herrera – Sanchez, Garcia, Hernandez, Roncaglia – Sanjurjo, Moncayola, Martinez – Garcia, Budimir, Barja (4-3-3)

Predicted Valencia Starting Lineup:

Domenech – Gaya, Diakhaby, Paulista, Piccini – Cheryshev, Oliva, Wass, Musah – Guedes, Gameiro (4-4-2)

Osasuna vs Valencia Predictions

Score Prediction: Osasuna 1-1 Valencia

This one looks most likely to be a closely contested game with not much to choose between the sides. Both sides are getting the kind of results which suggest they will comfortably avoid relegation and a point each here would help them both on their path towards that.

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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