Valencia host Osasuna in a La Liga showdown at the Mestalla on Saturday afternoon (17:30 UK time).
Los Che are in ninth place on 42 points, while Osasuna are placed 10th on 41 points. With seven matches remaining, the hosts trail sixth-placed Real Sociedad by 12 points for a spot in the Conference League qualifiers. Los Rojillos meanwhile are 13 points outside of the tournament spot.
Valencia played out a 1-1 draw in their previous match at Estadio de Vallecas against Rayo Vallecano, extending their unbeaten streak to six (three wins and three draws). Osasuna last time out defeated Deportivo Alavés 1-0 at home.
When the two sides last met in Spain’s top division, Valencia ran out 4-1 winners at Estadio El Sadar in September. Maximiliano Gómez scored first for the visitors in the 26th minute. Gonçalo Guedes and Omar Alderete also found the net. Moncayola scored for Osasuna in the eighth minute.
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Valencia team news
Coming into this weekend’s La Liga fixture Maxi Gomez and Toni Lato sit in Los Che‘s physioroom while there’s doubts over the availability of Yunus Musah who sustained a groin injury in Valencia’s draw with Rayo last time out. Mouctar Diakhaby, who missed that game through suspension, returns here with head coach José Bordalás expected to make few changes but Gonçalo Guedes and Carlos Soler should feature. They have both caught the eye for Valencia this season. Guedes is the side’s top scorer with 11 goals, three of which have been the critical first of the match. Soler has been nearly as impressive with 10 goals, including three match-openers.
Valencia predicted XI: Mamardshaivili; Correia, Gabriel, Alderete, Gaya; Guillamon; Musah, Soler, Moriba, Guedes; Duro.
Osasuna team news
No fewer than four players are missing from Osasauna’s travelling squad. Jesus Areso, Juan Cruz, Unai Garcia and Kike remain at home as they continue to recover from respective injuries. Jagoba Arrasate is likely to shake up his side with several individuals pushing for a start. Someone who’s expected to start is Ante Budimir, who is Osasuna’s leading attacking threat with five goals netted this season, the marksman has struck two goals in three games against Valencia in La Liga, scoring one of his six braces in the competition, achieved for Mallorca at the Visit Mallorca Estadi in January 2020.
Osasuna predicted XI: Herrera; Vidal, Hernandez, Garcia, Cote; Moncayola, Torro, Perez; Avila, Budimir, Garcia.
La Liga 2021/22 recent form:
- Valencia: DDWDW
- Osasuna: WLWLW
Scoreline prediction: Valencia 2-1 Osasuna
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