Osasuna vs Las Palmas by Jimeno
Osasuna is far away from their good form and the team looks like a candidate for relegation after six rounds played. They currently have two draws and four defeats, but maybe even more worrying is the fact that they have already conceded thirteen goals, being already three points below the safe zone.
In the most recent game before this one, Osasuna suffered quite easy 3:1 defeat away from home against Villarreal last weekend, since their hosts had the upper hand in the first halftime and easily reached the three pointer with very effective game in the first fourty-five minutes. All the visitors were able is to reduce the deficit towards the end of the first halftiem with a goal from a penalty spot via Torres. As for Osasuna, their problem doesn't seem to be creating chances, however defensive lineup needs to work a lot more in order to look more stable and more reliable.
Home side should be set in a bit more defensive, but counter-attacking approach with 5-4-1 formation and Leon as their number nine. Goalkeeper Mario Fernandez continues to be injured, so Nauzet is set to feature between the posts. Javier Flano and Didier Digard are also injured, while Bunuel should continue in the position of a right back.
Even though they were hosts, Las Palmas still surprised a lot with a 2:2 draw against surely more quality side Real Madrid last weekend. Visitors from Madrid were having a lead twice during the match, but weren't as dominant as they usually are, since the players of Las Palmas held the more ball and looked very concrete with the ball in their legs while losing.
Asensio brought the team from Madrid into the lead in 33rd minute, while Tanausu responded with a goal five minutes later. Benzema brought the guests once again into the lead in the middle of the second halftime, but the hosts replied via Araujo five minutes before the full time whistle for the final result. Las Palmas is now at seventh position, just four points behind leaders from Real Madrid and well above the relegation zone for now.
Visitors should continue to play in 4-3-3 formation, most likely with Viera, Zhar as wingers and Livaja as central striker. Sergio Araujo might not be involved here, after being accused of drink driving. Jonathan Viera is doubtful, while the guests surely continue to miss central defender Pedro Bigas. Long term absentees are Hernan, Javi Castellano and Jose Artiles.
- Osasuna have seen over 2.5 goals in 5 of their last 6 matches against Las Palmas.
Osasuna is still winless in the season and the team will surely try to get here something, but I don't see their record improving that easily. Las Palmas, on the other side, is coming here with a boosted morale since they took a point against Real Madrid and goals is what I expect here. I definitely see chances of three goals and more being way bigger than 50%.