When Osasuna travels to Almeria on Monday night for a La Liga match, they will be looking to maintain the momentum they have built up thus far in the 2022-23 season.
The guests are now in fifth place in the league and have nine points to show for it after their first four matches, while Almeria is in 13th place and has just four points to show for it after playing in four matches so far this season.
Match Preview: Almeria vs Osasuna
Almeria won the Segunda Division last season to return to Spain’s top flight after being demoted in 2014-15. La Union lost 2-1 at home to Real Madrid before drawing 1-1 at Elche and beating Sevilla 2-1.
Almeria enters this game after losing 1-0 at Real Valladolid on September 5, however, they are 13th with four points. Rubi’s team knows the challenge they face this season, but there have been good indications in the past month. Their home record might be important to remain in the league.
Almeria hasn’t played Osasuna in La Liga since April 2014, when they lost 2-1 at home. In January 2021, Almeria won 5-4 in the Copa del Rey. Osasuna won back-to-back games against Sevilla and Cadiz before losing to Real Betis 1-0 in August.
Jagoba Arrasate’s squad is coming off a 2-1 win against Rayo Vallecano, with Ruben Garcia scoring in the last minute. Osasuna has nine points from four matches, and they want to enter the international break with victories against Almeria and Getafe.
Osasuna has only defeated Almeria once in La Liga since 2010. However, this is not a regular match. Since returning to La Liga, Los Rojillos have finished 10th, 11th, and 10th. It wouldn’t be surprising to see them perform similarly this season.
Team News: Almeria vs Osasuna
Due to injuries, Almeria will be without the services of four starters on Monday: Ivan Martos, Juanjo Nieto, Inigo Eguaras, and Gonzalo Melero.
Portillo might start at midfield if Cesar de la Hoz is unable to go due to an injury he sustained against Real Valladolid.
The starting lineup for this game includes Leo Baptistao, Dyego Sousa, and Largie Ramazani up front, with Rodrigo Ely returning to the starting lineup in the center of the defense.
Meanwhile, Kike Saverio (Achilles) will be out for Osasuna, while Ruben Pena (muscular) is a significant question mark for the visitors.
Aimar Oroz and Moi Gomez will play on the wings, while Ante Budimir and Ezequiel Avila will operate in the final third.
Despite being taken off early in the second half of their previous match against Rayo Vallecano, Lucas Torro will likely start in the center of midfield this time around.
- Potential Almeria Starting XI: Martinez, Pozo, Ely, Babic, Akieme, Robertone, Portillo, Costa, Baptistao, Sousa, Ramazani.
- Probable Osasuna’s Opening Day XI: Herrera Vidal, U Garcia, D Garcia, Sanchez, Oroz, Moncayola, Torro, Gomez, Budimir, Avila.
Our Prediction: Almeria 1-1 Osasuna
Osasuna may have a difficult time winning this match since Almeria has already won at home against Sevilla this season and they only barely lost to Real Madrid, so this contest has the potential to be challenging for Osasuna. The away team has gotten off to a good start to the new season, but we foresee a low-scoring tie as the outcome of this matchup between the two teams.
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