Athletic Club vs Osasuna Predictions & Match Preview

Athletic Club vs Osasuna

Athletic Club vs Osasuna predictions and match preview for Sunday’s LaLiga fixture. Read on for analysis, the head-to-head, team news and predicted lineups ahead of this derby clash at San Mames.

DateSunday 15th May 2022
Kick-Off19:30 (local time)
StadiumSan Mames
CompetitionLaLiga

Athletic Club vs Osasuna Preview


Athletic Club 2021

There’s a derby clash on Sunday in LaLiga as Osasuna travel to San Mames to take on Athletic Club. The hosts are still pushing for a European place but this is absolutely a “must win” game from their point of view.

Athletic’s chances of snatching the Conference League position were dealt a massive blow in midweek. Away to struggling Granada, they were defeated 1-0 and although they did rattle the post in Stoppage Time, their ability to only force home keeper Luis Maximiano into one save all night was testament to a bitterly disappointing evening for Marcelino’s team.

They now need a weekend favour from rivals Real Sociedad, who they can no longer catch, if they are going to still be in with a chance of European qualification on the final weekend but they have to take care of their own business with a win here too. That will be the motivation and they can take confidence from a strong home record in 2022. They’ve lost just 1 of their 11 games at San Mames this calendar year and have defeated all of the “big three” with Copa del Rey wins over Barcelona and Real Madrid in addition to their recent league win over Atleti.

To some extent this should be a good fixture for Athletic to have on the penultimate weekend, given Osasuna are heading for a mid-table finish. The visitors are 5 points behind Athletic and may find some motivation from still having a chance of finishing higher than them. Osasuna are winless in 4 games though and it feels as though Jagoba Arrasate is now in something of an experimental mode.

There was even a hint of sentiment as he gave long-serving Oier Sanjurjo a rare start in his final season at El Sadar in midweek. Oier rewarded his boss with a goal too in the 1-1 draw with Getafe and left to a standing ovation, 14 years on from his LaLiga debut with the club. That was a third straight 1-1 draw for the Pamplona side who look set for a top half finish which would represent another very good campaign.

Head to Head

  • Last 6 Competitive Meetings: 3 Athletic Wins, 2 Osasuna Wins, 1 Draw.
  • Oihan Sancet hit a hat-trick as Athletic won 3-1 at El Sadar earlier this term.
  • Osasuna are unbeaten on their last 3 trips to San Mames though.
  • They were 1-0 winners here in 2020 and drew 2-2 last term.

Team News

InjuredDoubtfulBanned
Athletic ClubNunez, Capa, SancetVesga
Osasuna

Latest LaLiga Injuries & Suspensions

Possible Lineups


Athletic Club vs Osasuna Predictions


Score Prediction: Athletic Club 2-1 Osasuna

Osasuna are still battling hard as they always do, so this won’t be easy for Athletic. Overall though, you’d have to still fancy Marcelino’s side to just shade this at home where they’ve been so strong since the turn of the year.


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Mark is a freelance writer based in Madrid, writing mostly about Spanish football. His work has been published by the likes of Guardian Sport & World Soccer. Contact: marksochon (at) hotmail.co.uk

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