CA Osasuna vs. Valencia / La Liga – No one could guess that this match will be the derby of rear at around middle of season. It is not surprising that Osasuna is nailed to the bottom, it is Valencia that is simply dreadful and is positioned right above the drop zone without having point advantage over teams in it. Valencia won just five points more than Osasuna; it is common to both teams that have suffered heavy defeats at home in the first leg of the Cup’s round of 16 and are on verge of elimination, and that have again changed coaches. If we look only at the championship both teams are in long lasting series without victories and it is no wonder that are positioned low in the standings. The two teams met the last time in 2014 also in Pamplona and the match ended as draw 1-1, while Osasuna won the list time in 2011. Begins: 09.01.2017 – 20:45 CET
Objectively, Osasuna was before start of season the most serious candidate for return to the second league as it has the smallest budget in the Primera and its individual quality is dubious. They hoped that can do something at least when play at home, which was their trademark before, where would win points that would keep them afloat. Instead, they won just two points at El Sadar and are the only team that hasn’t won anyone at home. It is logical then to coaches come and go like on the assembly line, so now Joaquin Caparros is already ex one, who was sacked after catastrophic defeat in the Cup by Eibar 3-0 at home.
That almost guarantees elimination, however, that is the least problem once we take a look of the La Liga standings. Osasuna needs miracle to stay in La Liga and for example victory over Valencia would come handy. New coach Petar Vasiljevic will lead them in this match and he is new try to move the team from lethargy. It is questionable what he will change in the starting line-up; Vasiljevic clearly cannot count on all players as out of action are M. Flano, J. Flano, Digard, Merida and de las Cuevas.
Probable lineups Osasuna: Nauzet – Bonnin, U. Garcia, Marquez, Oier, Clerc – Fausto, Causic, R. Torres – Sergio Leon, Oriol Riera
Valencia hit new low, team that played in the Champions League just couple of seasons ago and was ranked alongside the best Spanish teams. If we take a closer look at individual players Valencia shouldn’t be at all this low in the table, but it is not all up to individuals and many things don’t fit together in this team, so now they even fear of relegation. It must be said they had sold too many good players last summer and that had to have consequences, although no one expected it in such severity. Valencia has no luck with coaches either and it changes them too often. The last coach Prandelli has resigned for example and left Valencia.
Assistant coach Voro took over but has suffered a true debacle in the Cup match against Celta, as they lost by 4-1. Justification could be that Valencia played without its entire standard defence and for example Suaraz was stopper alongside too young Jimenez. Now, we will probably see Mangala and Santos on those positions, while Garay is questionable. Abdennour is at the African Cup of Nations, while Cancelo was sent-off in previous round and is suspended now. Good news is that Nani has finally recovered.
Probable lineups Valencia: Diego Alves – Montoya, Santos, Mangala, Siqueira – Parejo, M. Suarez – Nani, E. Perez, Rodrigo – Munir
CA Osasuna – Valencia PICK
It can be freely said that it is hard to tell which team is worse at the moment. Both teams are in crisis and have new coaches but it seems that Valencia must play better and worth more so this is a good chance to win and start a positive series. Osasuna seems beyond salvation this season.
Pick: Valencia wins
Odds: 2.00 at betvictor (down to 1.90 can be played)