Espanyol vs Osasuna predictions and match preview for Sunday’s LaLiga fixture. Read on for analysis, the head-to-head, team news and predicted lineups as two mid-table teams meet.
|Sunday 8th May 2022
|18:30 (local time)
Espanyol vs Osasuna Preview
Espanyol and Osasuna clash at the RCDE Stadium on Sunday. In truth this is the least interesting fixture this matchday with both sides on course for mid-table finishes, although Osasuna maintain a very slim chance of challenging for the final European place.
There is a danger that teams in such a predicament see their seasons peter out to some extent with players’ minds starting to wander towards summer breaks. While it is a bit of a cliché, it is often a reality too at this stage in the season and there is perhaps already a sense that Espanyol are experiencing a drop-off on their usual standards as a result of having nothing to fight for.
They’ve lost their last three games, all of which were against Madrid opposition. The last two would have been particularly disappointing with Rayo Vallecano surprisingly winning at the RCDE Stadium while Espanyol were hammered 4-0 by an under-strength Real Madrid last weekend. In fairness to Vicente Moreno and his team, they did have 20 attempts on goal in that game to Madrid’s 11 and the scoreline certainly flattered Los Blancos who clinched the title with the win.
Osasuna by contrast certainly don’t look or feel like a team that has nothing to play for just yet. However their slim European hopes look over after a 3-1 home defeat against Real Madrid prior to a 1-1 draw at Elche last time out. Evenso, it has still been a good campaign for Jagoba Arrasate and his team and they can look forward to a 4th straight year in the Primera next term.
They have been remarkably consistent over the first three with a 10th placed finish in 2019/20 followed by an 11th place last term. They are currently 9th heading into this matchday and with a reasonably kind set of fixtures to come, they have every chance of bettering their 52 point tally from their first season back at this level. That may be a source of some motivation for Osasuna over the final few weeks but they really need to win here if they are to stand any chance of finishing higher than their current position.
Head to Head
- Last 6 Competitive Meetings: 2 Espanyol Wins, 3 Osasuna Wins, 1 Draw.
- The sides played out a 0-0 draw at El Sadar earlier this term.
- Osasuna had won the previous 3 meetings including a 2-0 win in the Copa del Rey on this ground last term.
- Espanyol’s last victory in the fixture came via a 3-0 margin in 2017.
Espanyol vs Osasuna Predictions
Score Prediction: Espanyol 1-1 Osasuna
These are two pretty evenly matched sides and it’s tough to pick a winner. Osasuna have been in the better form but Espanyol are generally pretty strong at home and look capable of getting something from the game.
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