Osasuna vs Villarreal by Jimeno
Osasuna comes from fourth straight defeat, as the team suffered 3:0 loss away to Espanyol last Sunday evening. They didn't have much of chances created and didn't have a lot of ball possession, as they conceded the first goal in seventeenth minute via Caicedo, but the things became much more difficult from 27th minute on when Oier got excluded due a red card received.
Everything was much more easier for the home team that scored twice more in the second halftime, in 46th via Jurado and during the additional time via Moreno. Osasuna is still at the rock bottom position with only ten points earned so far, which is nine less than safely placed Deportivo. There's still a lot of rounds to be played, but the team needs to answer very soon and starts getting points in consecutive matches.
Home team is set to play in 3-5-2 formation, using Leon and Riviere as forwards. Right back and sometimes central defender Oier (23/0) is suspended for this one, while injured remain defender Javier Flano (2/0), central back Miguel Flano (12/1), right back Tano (9/0) and midfielders Didier Digard (3/0) and Fausto (12/0).
Villarreal, on the other side, comes from actually pretty good performance last Sunday evening, but the team still left the field with empty hands in front of own fans, as they suffered 2:3 loss against Real Madrid. Ball possession was actually shared and the match looked equal, but the players of Villarreal took the double lead quickly into the second halftime with goals from Trigueros and Bakambu.
However, players of Real Madrid responded from that moment on and were much more concrete in the remaining of the match in attack. Bale reduced the deficit in 64th minute, Ronaldo leveled up in 74th from a penalty kick, while Morata brought the victory in 83rd minute in a match that could have ended way differently on some other day. Villarreal remained sixth, having six points less than Champions League placed Atletico Madrid and needs to respond with a victory here.
Visitors should be playing in 4-4-2 formation with two forwards, Soldado and Bakambu. Central midfielder Bruno Soriano (22/5) and right full back Mario (24/0) are suspended, while goalkeeper Sergio Asenjo (24/0) and left back Jose Angel (5/0) are injured. Offensive players Nicola Sansone and Adrian Lopez are having health problems and won't be risked here for the entire time for sure.
- There have been over 2.5 goals scored in Osasuna's last 4 games (La Liga).
- Osasuna have seen over 2.5 goals in their last 3 matches against Villarreal.
This definitely can't be a closed and defensive game, at least not in my eyes. Osasuna switched to much more offensive performances since they simply can't wait for their chance to come against weaker sides, while Villarreal surely remains a more quality side in individual way and remain very dangerous even if it's via counter attacks. Odds surely do have value for me.