After a week’s break, action recommences in Spain’s La Liga on Friday as strugglers Osasuna face off with 13th-placed Alaves in a must-win match for the home side.
Osasuna have not won since 24 October, while Alaves are coming off their first victory in almost a month.
With both sides having had a chance to recharge their batteries, this could be an intriguing game.
Osasuna vs Alaves Head-to-Head
Osasuna have struggled since the beginning of the 2020-21 campaign, having won just three games in La Liga thus far.
Their most recent win came over Athletic Bilbao in October, although they did pick up a victory over Tomares in the Copa Del Rey earlier this month.
Defence has been the biggest issue for Osasuna this season, as they’ve conceded a whopping 23 goals, giving them the second-worst defensive record in La Liga.
Alaves, meanwhile, put together an unbeaten run of six games between October and December, before falling to Huesca and Celta Vigo in back-to-back fixtures earlier this month. They then picked up a win over Eibar in their most recent game.
Recent results between these sides favor Osasuna. They’ve won their last three games over Alaves, last falling to defeat to Alaves in November 2016.
Osasuna form guide: L-L-W-L-D
Alaves form guide: D-L-W-L-W
Osasuna vs Alaves Team News
Osasuna will be without the suspended Inigo Perez following his red card against Elche. Chimy Avila and Lucas Torro are both sidelined with injuries, while midfielder Jony is also a major doubt for this clash.
Injured: Chimy Avila, Lucas Torro
Suspended: Inigo Perez
Injured: Ruben Duarte, Rodrigo Ely, Pere Pons
Suspended: Rodrigo Battaglia
Osasuna vs Alaves Predicted XI
Osasuna predicted XI (4-4-2): Ruben Martinez, Facungo Roncaglia, David Garcia, Aridane Hernandez, Juan Cruz, Roberto Torres, Jon Moncayola, Darko Brasanac, Ruben Garcia, Jonathan Calleri, Ante Budimir
Alaves predicted XI (4-4-2): Fernando Pacheco, Ximo Navarro, Victor Laguardia, Florian Lejeune, Adrian Marin, Edgar Mendez, Tomas Pina, Manu Garcia, Luis Rioja, Deyverson, Joselu
Osasuna vs Alaves Prediction
This may not be an easy match to predict. Alaves are much higher in the table than Osasuna, but the hosts have at least been scoring goals, even if they’re struggling to keep them out.
Alaves, meanwhile, haven’t exactly been prolific, scoring just three goals in their last five league games.
With that in mind, a draw might be the most likely result in this fixture. Osasuna will probably find the net – but won’t stop Alaves from scoring in return.
Prediction: Osasuna 1-1 AlavesPublished 29 Dec 2020, 19:46 IST