Osasuna vs Villarreal predictions and match preview for Saturday’s LaLiga fixture. Read on for expert analysis, the head-to-head, team news and predicted lineups as the Yellow Submarine travel to El Sadar.
|Saturday 5th March 2022
|14:00 (local time)
Osasuna vs Villarreal Preview
Osasuna and Villarreal clash in the opening game this Saturday in LaLiga. All eyes are turning towards what is shaping up to be a fascinating battle for the top four positions. With Real Madrid and Sevilla looking fairly certain of their UCL slots, Villarreal are hoping to grab one of the other two and the way they’ve been playing, you wouldn’t bet against them pushing at least one of Barcelona or Atletico Madrid into the Europa League.
They will be up against a competitive Osasuna side here but one that has struggled for much in the way of consistency of late. They’ve pulled off a couple of impressive away wins since the turn of the year, winning 2-0 at Granada and 3-0 at Rayo. However they head into this game following a 3-0 home defeat against Atletico Madrid before a 1-0 loss at Real Sociedad.
To some extent, this season has largely gone as might have been expected for Jagoba Arrasate’s side. They are still solid enough and pack enough of a punch in the final third to steer clear of any relegation drama. However they are usually found lacking when up against the very top sides. What has been more surprising is the disparity between their home and away results with the Pamplona side taking just 12 points at El Sadar compared to 20 away.
Villarreal have done the opposite with twice as many points collected at home as they’ve taken on the road. They’ll need to improve on their average of 1.17 points per game away if they are to grab one of those final two UCL places but they certainly have a chance. They’ve won 4 of their last 5 games in LaLiga, scoring 9 times across the last 2 alone, all the more impressive given the injury absence of star striker Gerard Moreno.
He is now only Villarreal’s joint top scorer in LaLiga with Arnaut Danjuma joining him on 8 goals following his recent goalscoring exploits. He hit a hat-trick in their recent 4-1 win at Granada but it was Yeremy Pino who stole the show last time out. He became the first Villarreal player to score 4 in a LaLiga game and he did it as a teenager as Espanyol were hammered 5-1 at the Ceramica.
Head to Head
- Last 6 Competitive Meetings: 3 Osasuna Wins, 3 Villarreal Wins.
- The last 2 meetings were both at the Ceramica and both produced surprise 2-1 Osasuna wins.
- However Villarreal have won on 3 of their last 4 trips to El Sadar.
- They scored 3+ goals in all of those victories.
|Gerard Moreno, Coquelin
Osasuna vs Villarreal Predictions
Score Prediction: Osasuna 1-2 Villarreal
Villarreal are really playing some good football right now with several players stepping up to contribute in the final third in recent weeks, despite the absence of Gerard Moreno. With Osasuna not convincing at home, the visitors look good to collect another three points here which would see them move into the top four.
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