Osasuna vs Athletic Club Predictions & Match Preview

Osasuna vs Athletic Bilbao

Osasuna vs Athletic Club predictions and match preview for Monday’s LaLiga fixture. Read on for expert analysis, the head-to-head, team news and predicted lineups as Athletic travel to Pamplona.

DateMonday 3rd January 2022
Kick-Off21:00 (local time)
StadiumEl Sadar
CompetitionLaLiga

Osasuna vs Athletic Club Preview


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

There’s a derby clash in Pamplona on Monday evening as Athletic Club pay Osasuna a visit. These two sides are both operating in mid-table in LaLiga and hoping to start 2022 on a positive note having experienced mixed campaigns so far.

Osasuna started ever so brightly, particularly away from home where they recorded an impressive sequence of wins. However things have tailed off significantly of late for Jagoba Arrasate’s side. Since winning at Villarreal in October, they’ve gone 9 without victory and that sequence will be playing on a few minds in the home dressing room here approaching this game.

A failure to win games at El Sadar has also been an issue for Osasuna so far this season. 5 of their 9 home games have ended up all square and they’ve only recorded one home win, that coming against Rayo. It’ll be interesting to see if they try to do any business in January with perhaps a little bit of extra creativity in midfield a priority as that’s something that they continue to lack.

It’s unlikely we’ll see many arrivals in Bilbao with Athletic’s transfer policy as ever restricting who they could look to bring in. Like their opponents, Athletic haven’t been in great form at all and a bit of pressure has been building on Marcelino of late. That was eased to some extent by their recent 3-2 home win over Real Betis but they did go into the short festive break on the back of a 2-1 home defeat against Real Madrid.

Athletic do still boast LaLiga’s second best defensive record and you sense they’ll fancy keeping an Osasuna side that is struggling for goals quiet. However this may not be the kind of fixture where their counter-attacking style is at its most effective and it’s a fixture that could be settled by a mistake or a moment of magic. One positive for Athletic in recent weeks is the form of Oihan Sancet which has helped ease the creative burden that invariably falls on the shoulders of Iker Muniain.

Head to Head

  • Last 6 Competitive Meetings: 2 Osasuna Wins, 2 Athletic Wins, 2 Draws.
  • Athletic have won on 3 of their last 4 visits to El Sadar.
  • However they did lose here last season, going down 1-0 in October 2020.
  • Osasuna are unbeaten in their last 3 games against Athletic overall.

Team News

Osasuna’s Chimy Avila and Inigo Perez have both tested positive for Covid-19 and aren’t expected to be involved. David Garcia should return from suspension in defence.

Athletic have reported five positive Covid-19 tests including Raúl García and Íñigo Lekue. Asier Villalibre is sidelined through injury.

Possible Lineups


Osasuna vs Athletic Club Predictions


Score Prediction: Osasuna 0-0 Athletic Club

It’s hard to see many goals in this with neither side playing with much confidence right now. While a worsening of the Covid-19 situation at one of these clubs could tilt the game in the favour of the other, an even game looks likely and a draw seems the most likely outcome.


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Mark is a freelance writer based in Madrid. He has also lived in Seville and Barcelona and has written extensively about Spanish football. His work has been published by the likes of Guardian Sport & World Soccer.

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