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Osasuna vs Girona: Match Preview, Team News, Lineups and Prediction

Osasuna will host in-form Girona at the El Sadar Stadium this weekend. The Catalan side have had a remarkable start to the La Liga season as they are level on points (28) with Real Madrid.

As for the hosts, they sit in 11th place and are struggling in La Liga with just 13 points in the bag.

Match Preview

Los Rojillos enjoyed a fantastic 2022/23 campaign as they finished 7th in La Liga and reached the Copa del Rey final.

However, this season, they have struggled a lot, recording four wins, one draw and six defeats from 11 matches. Jagoba Arrasate’s side are entering in this game after a 2-1 defeat to Real Betis.

Furthermore, their form in El Sadar Stadium has been very bad, as they have recorded just one victory in the last six games. Nevertheless, Girona did suffer a 2-1 defeat against Osasuna last season in El Sadar.

Girona’s form in this campaign has been remarkable winning nine, drawing one and losing one of their 11 La Liga matches to collect 28 points.

The Catalan side are the joint-highest goal scorers in La Liga this season alongside Atletico Madrid, finding the back of the net on 25 occasions. Michel’s side have won the last three games against Cadiz, Almeria and Celta Vigo following a 3-0 loss against Real Madrid.

Girona also progressed to the next round in the Copa del Rey on Wednesday after a 2-1 win over San Roque Lepe. The Catalan outfit will aim to secure their highest position in La Liga this season, with their current best proving to be 10th.

Osasuna team news

Apart from Juan Cruz, Osasuna’s full squad will be available to face Girona at the weekend. Arrasate is not expected to make many changes in his line-up that start against Betis.

Ruben Garcia has a high chance to start in a forward position. Furthermore, Raul Garcia and Johan Mojica are also pushing to be involved in the first team.

Nevertheless, Kike Barja and Pablo Ibanez are expected to start the game this weekend.

Girona team news

Girona have a lot of players absent due to injury, as Eric Garcia, Valery Fernandez, Borja Garcia, Juan Carlos, Joel Roca, Ricard Artero and Toni Villa are all out.

David Lopez will also miss the game due to the injury that he picked up against Celta Vigo last weekend.

Juanpe should therefore, come into the XI, while there might also be a spot in the side for Portu, with Yan Couto moving back into a wing-back position.

Osasuna vs Girona: Predicted line-ups

Osasuna (4-2-3-1): Herrera; Areso, Catena, D Garcia, Pena; Moncayola, Torro; Ruben Garcia, Oroz, Gomez; Budimir

Girona (3-4-3): Gazzaniga; A Martinez, Juanpe, Blind; Couto, Herrera, A Garcia, Gutierrez; Portu, Dovbyk, Savio

Prediction

Osasuna 1-2 Girona

Girona are in good form this season and may get past Osasuna this weekend. Nevertheless, counting Osasuna out will be a big mistake, as they already defeated them last season. A tough fixture away at El Sadar awaits for Girona.

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