Valencia vs Osasuna predictions and match preview for Saturday’s LaLiga fixture. Read on for analysis, the head-to-head, team news and predicted lineups as Los Che entertain Osasuna.
|Saturday 16th April 2022
|18:30 (local time)
Valencia vs Osasuna Preview
Valencia and Osasuna clash on Saturday in a game that doesn’t have a huge amount riding on it. Both sides still have an outside shot at clinching a European place but Valencia’s best chance will come in the Copa del Rey Final that takes place next weekend while Osasuna will be hoping Betis win that game which would see an extra European place be awarded via the league.
Either way, it’s going to be a big ask for either of these sides to finish 7th, the lowest possible place that could grant entry into Europe. Los Che could have gone within 2 points of Villarreal who currently hold that position on Monday night but they let a 1-0 lead slip to draw in Vallecas with Sergi Guardiola levelling late on for Rayo. It wasn’t a great performance from Valencia but they’d have backed themselves to hang on having conceded just 1 goal in 6 competitive outings prior to that.
Defensively they are looking very solid now with Giorgi Mamardashvili something of a revelation in goal. He made a couple more excellent stops against Rayo and appears to be in pole position to start the cup final too over Jasper Cillessen. While they do have one more league game to come before the trip to Seville, Jose Bordalas will already have that game on his mind when he names his team here and he may opt not to risk someone like the injury-prone but vitally important Gabriel Paulista who is carrying another niggle.
Osasuna have blown hot and cold a bit of late with victories in each of their last 3 home games, but defeats in all of their last 3 on the road. They were beaten 4-1 by Betis last time out on their travels but bounced back with a late 1-0 win over rivals Alaves thanks to Ante Budimir’s goal. That took them past the 40 point figure, which remains a significant milestone and fully allows Jagoba Arrasate and the Osasuna board to start planning ahead for next season.
It’s tough for a club of their size and stature to really kick on and improve on what looks like a 3rd straight mid-table finish. They have spent a bit of money when needed, such as on the big money signing of Ante Budimir last summer. If there’s cash to splash, a creative midfield player may be the target as they do struggle a bit in that department. It’ll be interesting to see if they decide to cash in on any of their most valuable assets too with centre-back David Garcia one man who could potentially attract interest from elsewhere.
Head to Head
- Last 6 Competitive Meetings: 3 Valencia Wins, 2 Osasuna Wins, 1 Draw.
- Valencia won 4-1 at El Sadar earlier this term.
- They’ve gone 14 home matches against Osasuna without losing.
- They’ve won 5 of the last 6 at Mestalla, although the most recent meeting did end 1-1.
|Paulista, Maxi Gomez
|Juan Cruz, Areso
|Unai Garcia, Kike Garcia
Valencia vs Osasuna Predictions
Score Prediction: Valencia 2-0 Osasuna
Valencia’s recent games have all been tight and low-scoring affairs. They will certainly have one eye on the cup final now but you sense they will be eager to win their final home game before Seville here, with rotation considerably more likely for their trip to Villarreal this coming week. Osasuna are on a 3 game losing streak on their travels and may leave Mestalla empty-handed.
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