Probable Lineups

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Probable Lineups Statistical Comparision

(33) 22 Goals 38 (64)
(25) 16 Assists 29 (46)
(6.7) 6.9 Average Ratings 6.9 (6.8)
29.3 Average Age 28.3
182.8 Average Height (cm) 178.8
(1) 1 Shots pg 1.2 (1.1)
(53%) 55% Aerial Duel Success 50% (49%)
(0.5) 0.4 Dribbles pg 0.5 (0.7)
(1.8) 1.8 Tackles pg 1.8 (2)
* Values in brackets (x) are overall player statistics in LIGA BBVA.

Missing Players

Player Reason Status Rating
Masoud Shojaei Out N/A
Sisi Out 6.83
Anthony Annan Out 6.65
Player Reason Status Rating
Sergio Canales Out 6.76
Jeremy Mathieu Out 6.8
Jonas Out 7.01

Team News

  • Osasuna continued their recent revival as they moved out of the relegation zone for the first time this season with a 1-0 win over Rayo Vallecano last Friday.
  • However, there was some bad news for Los Rojillos as Sisi suffered cruciate ligament damage in that game and will be out for 6-8 months.
  • That should mean a start for Roland Lamah, whilst captain Patxi Puñal is also expected to return after a month out.
  • Valencia meanwhile will take to the field for the first time on league duty under Ernesto Valverde after he replaced the sacked Mauricio Pellegrino earlier in the week.
  • Jonas scored the only goal as Valverde got off to a winning start at Lille in the Champions League on Wednesday night, but the Brazilian is suspended for the trip to Pamplona after being sent-off in the 5-2 thrashing against Real Sociedad that ultimately cost Pellegrino his job last weekend.
  • However, Roberto Soldado, Ever Banega, Fernando Gago and Diego Alves should all return after being rested from the start in midweek.

Prediction

  • Osasuna's great run of form has been down to their defensive solidity as they have kept five consecutive clean sheets in all competitions and they will certainly provide a stiff test for a Valencia side that has struggled badly on the road this season.
  • Valverde is a shrewd operator, though, and should be able to get the best out of what is still a highly talented squad.
  • Last season's meeting between these two at El Sadar finished 1-1 and it wouldn't be a surprise to see a repeat of that scoreline on Saturday night.
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