Probable Lineups

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Probable Lineups Statistical Comparision

(33) 11 Goals 38 (44)
(25) 9 Assists 34 (38)
(6.7) 6.9 Average Ratings 6.8 (6.7)
28.6 Average Age 25.4
181.9 Average Height (cm) 183.9
(1) 1 Shots pg 1.2 (0.8)
(53%) 56% Aerial Duel Success 48% (49%)
(0.5) 0.4 Dribbles pg 0.6 (0.7)
(2.4) 1.9 Tackles pg 1.8 (2.2)
* Values in brackets (x) are overall player statistics in LIGA BBVA.

Missing Players

Player Reason Status Rating
Sisi Out 6.77
Player Reason Status Rating
Ruiz de Galarreta Out 6.53
Iñigo Pérez Out 6.79
Carlos Gurpegi Out 6.88
Iker Muniain Out 6.64
Borja Ekiza Doubtful 6.81

Team News

  • Two late goals pushed Osasuna up to 14th in the table at Levante last time out, with Jose Luis Mendilibar saying, "I do not think we have added anything more than three points - whilst they are very important, we are now looking to the next game."
  • That game is of course against Athletic on Saturday, and after Kike Sola scored his 3rd goal in four appearances from the bench, the striker should return to the first eleven with Miguel De las Cuevas making way.
  • Miguel Flaño and Lolo return from suspension, though neither are guaranteed a starting berth after consecutive clean sheets.
  • Defeat in the last ever Basque derby at San Mamés was a bitter blow for Marcelo Bielsa, though he isn't concerned: "I have been in this job for 30 years, so nothing here is new."
  • Despite their problems Athletic are unlikely to change much due to contract negotiations and internal disagreements with the key players that could help turn this turmoil around.
  • Iker Muniain collected his fifth booking of the season, and while it hasn't been the greatest year for the young playmaker, given the circumstances they will still definitely miss him.

Prediction

  • Four wins from six for Osasuna have lifted them from the foot of the table, having previously recorded only three victories in 19 league games.
  • Three straight defeats for Athletic have left them just three points adrift of the drop zone, but luckily for them the rest of the bottom five are in equally dire form.
  • There are easier venues to be heading to than Pamplona when you're in the sort of form that the visitors are and more misery could be heading Athletic's way.
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