Osasuna VS Valencia Prediction
After a devastating midweek commitment in Spanish Copa del Rey, Osasuna and Valencia will wrap up round 17 of the La Liga on Monday night. Both struggling sides will meet at the “Estadio El Sadar” in Pamplona, where last-placed Osasuna have the home advantage on their side and newly appointed Serb coach Petar Vasiljevic will make his debut.
Guests from Valencia head to Pamplona under management of a caretaker in Salvador González “Voro” Marco’s face, who takes that role for the fifth time. In this case we can easily conclude this is not something new for him and he is perfectly aware with atmosphere in club from Valencia.
Meanwhile, distance between both teams is five points and if Osasuna meets all expectations to be deeply involved in the relegation battle, as one of the newly promoted sides, nobody would have thought that “Los Che” will be one of the main relegation pretenders in that part of the 2016-17 La Liga season.
Osasuna vs Valencia – Team News and Match Preview
Valencia celebrated Christmas on 17th position and that happened due to their less negative goal difference compared to Sporting Gijón. Of course, we must also highlight that “The Bats” have played two games less than Sporting, so practically they’re still in a better position. However, we doubt someone in Valencia is willing to rate all performances as a better positioning, having won just 12 points in 15 league games. Valencia have to show sudden improvement if the club wants to avoid any concerns about its La Liga future.
First match for Valencia in the new year was a home game at the “Estadio de Mestalla”, where on Tuesday night, 3 January, Valencia lost 1-4 from Celta de Vigo. This makes their Spanish Cup prospects pretty much predetermined and second leg in Vigo looks meaningless. That’s a good reason why “Voro” can use his best men in the upcoming La Liga round, where Valencia will be keen to make a step forward, a step away from the bottom.
Sporting Gijon and Granada have both lost their round 17 fixtures on Saturday and this pulls even more favorable situation for both sides involved in Monday night’s clash.
Osasuna occupies the Spanish La Liga bottom (20th) with only 7 points won out of 16 matches. This makes “Los Rojillos” the biggest relegation pretenders for returning into the Spanish Segunda División, where they finished 6th last season. Osasuna came back in top-tier of Spanish football after winning the playoffs in June, but club from Navarre faces huge difficulties to maintain its La Liga status.
Petar Vasiljevic has been appointed as the new man in charge for Osasuna and he’ll have to show better results than of his predecessors. Indeed, Vasiljevic is third coach to lead Osasuna in the 2016-17 season, after previously sacked Enrique Martín and Joaquín Caparrós. Latter has been sacked only few days ago, after a midweek 0-3 home defeat from Eibar in the Spanish Copa del Rey 1/8 finals. This largely predetermines Osasuna’s Cup destiny and that’s another reason why Petar Vasiljevic can fully focus his resources in the La Liga campaign.
Osasuna vs Valencia – Betting Prediction and Possible Lineups
Osasuna takes on Valencia after six consecutive La Liga defeats and with seven in their last eight league games. The only source of points (or more likely a point) was their visit at the “San Mames” in Bilbao, where Osasuna won a point from Athletic Club – 1:1 draw. Only two weeks earlier “The Reds” have earned their first three points in the La Liga season after a 2-3 success in Eibar. Perhaps that period was main glimmer of hope for Osasuna, but these six successive losses with just one goal scored in them (during a 3-1 defeat vs Sporting Gijón) make the situation even more complicated.
Petar Vasiljevic will mark his managerial debut without injured quartet – Javier Flaño, Miguel Flaño, Didier Digard and Jaime Romero. At the same time Fuentes, Fausto, Miguel Ángel de las Cuevas and Fran Mérida are all doubts.
Valencia must deal without a suspended Portuguese right-back João Cancelo, who has been sent-off in closing minutes of a 3-2 defeat from Real Sociedad in their last 2016 La Liga fixture. Except Cancelo, Ezequiel Garay and Aymen Abdennour are other sure absentees, since the Argentine recovers from injury, while Abdennour is part from Tunisian selection at the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations.
Good news are that Eliaquim Mangala and Aderlan Santos should be ready to play, since all the injured central defenders have caused real concerns for Valencia’s coach. That forced Voro to start with a cente-back duo including central midfielder Mario Suárez and youngster Javi Jiménez in the midweek, whose presence there was apparently far from pleasing.
José Gayá, Enzo Perez and Nani are other players who are set to return in Valencia’s starting XI, so “Los Che” can rely on its main attacking strength right now.
Final conclusion, Betting Odds and Prediction
Valencia won only once in the last 9 La Liga rounds and that was a victory over another struggling side – 1-2 vs Sporting Gijón in mid-October. Nearly three months later Valencia will visit another venue that is likely to watch Segunda División football next season, so if “The Bats” want to run away from such a scenario, they must finally win.
Our betting prediction goes on the away side – Valencia owns bigger potential than their current positioning suggests. We believe “Los Che” will win over Osasuna on Monday night – stakes on victory for Valencia. For greater odds we recommend betting with the Asian Handicap -0.5 on Valencia, which secures higher value than of regular 1X2 Betting in that moment.
Venue: “Estadio El Sadar”, Pamplona.
Referee: Alfonso Álvarez Izquierdo.
Possible starting lineups of Osasuna and Valencia
CA Osasuna: Nauzet Perez – Carlos Clerc, David García, Unai García, Oier – Roberto Torres, Fausto, Goran Causic, Alex Berenguer – Sergio Leon, Oriol Riera. (4-4-2)
Valencia CF: Diego Alves – Jose Luis Gaya, Eliaquim Mangala, Aderlan Santos, Martín Montoya – Enzo Perez, Mario Suarez, Dani Parejo – Nani, Rodrigo, Santi Mina. (4-3-3)