Osasuna vs Leganes by Jimeno
Almost out of nowhere, when nobody believed in them Osasuna managed to get a victory away from home against Alaves on Wednesday evening with a narrow 1:0 result. However, it must be said that the players of Alaves had much more of the ball possession and created more, but the visiting side looked very dangerous on counter attacks being very resilient.
Towards the end of the match they started threatening more, scoring the only goal in 88th minute via Berenguer. It was second victory in the season for the team, both taken away from home and the team is now in a must win situation if they are to keep even a glimmer of hope regarding their salvation. They are still at the rock bottom position, having fourteen points which is thirteen less than safely placed Leganes and this matches comes as the last chances for them.
Osasuna should be playing in 3-5-2 formation with Leon and Kodro as strikers. They continue with injury problems, since the team misses now right backs Tano (11/0), Javier Flano (2/0), central backs Miguel Flano (12/1), Unai Garcia (21/0) and midfielders, Raoul Loe (5/0), Jaime Romero (18/0) and Didier Digard (3/0). On the positive side, Fran Merida returns from suspension.
After a run of four undefeated matches previously, Leganes didn't manage to answer properly against much more stronger Real Madrid suffering 2:4 defeat in the end. Their visitors came determind to take the three pointer and opened the game with three goals inside first twenty-three minutes (two goals from Morata and one from Rodriguez).
Even though hosts responded well and reduced the deficit till the halftime via Gabriel and Luciano, visitors struck again, in 48th minute via Morata and that was the end for Leganes' hopes. Nobody will be very disappointed with the defeat since it came against one of the strongest teams in the country, while their objective goal remains staying away from relegation this season - currently at five points advantage over Gijon and the team can't afford to lose here.
Visitors will be playing in 4-2-3-1 formation with Guerrero as their number nine. Zhar, Pires and Szymanowski will be offensive midfielders. Midfielder Erik Moran returns from suspension and should start, while injured remains offensive midfielder Robert Ibanez (5/2).
This game comes as much more than a three pointer for Osasuna and knowing how open minded football the team plays, I can't see past over goals for this one. Neither of them are true offensive powers, but so neither their defensive lineups are. I expect the motive to play huge role in their tactics so over goals seems like a reasonable choice for me.