Osasuna vs Gimnastic by Ashjkc
This match opens the promotion play-off in which participate four teams but just one of them will end up in La Liga. After the regular season Alaves and Leganse were first and second, while Osasuna was sixth and Gimnastic third, having seven points more. After two defeats Osasuna won in previous round, but they were lucky too as they ended as sixth due unexpected defeat of Saragossa.
Osasuna were very unlucky not to win some important matches this end of season. They firstly lost the derby to their first opponent in the play-off, which was Gimnastic, but home defeat by Huesce in penultimate round certainly was and in those moments it seemed that will not succeed. They shouldn’t allow to lose in Pamplona to a team which didn’t need points but in the end the result read 2-3 for their opponents. That is why they had to win away in the last round and needed several other results to fit in.
In the end they were lucky as Saragossa lost and Osasuna won against Oviedo away by 5-0. Coach Martin had changed positions to players in the team but not the players themselves so in previous round only Berenguer didn’t play as he earned suspension and his place had covered Pucko, which turned out nicely as the victory of 5-0 indicates. Now, Bonnin could return at the stopper position which means that positions will rotate again and M. Flanobi could go on the left flank, while the attack will certainly stay the same, where Pucko again moves back on the bench.
I expect Osasuna to win this 1st leg, though it will be tough. Home field advantage is an important point here. Their opponents of the day will miss the services of players goalkeeper Ondoa (0/0) and midfielder Aburjania (16/2) will stay out of action due to international duties. Osasuna must go for a victory here against pretty good guests in order to take advantage before rematch, it will be difficult to achieve positive outcome but they must give their best to achieve good result, otherwise will be very difficult in rematch, guests meanwhile will only try to avoid defeat and I expect hard match with small number of goals as it was the case in previous two meeting of these teams in this season. The correct score analysis is 1-0 or 2-0 Osasuna win at best.
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|Osasuna FT win||BetVictor||2.15||7||3-1 WON (+8.05 units)|