Osasuna take on the visitors Athletic Bilbao in the round 36 match of Spanish LaLiga. The match will be played on Thursday, May 24th at Estadio El Sadar (Pamplona)
Osasuna are having a very impressive season. They reached the final of the country's cup, where they were only defeated by the "royal club" from Madrid. In the league, they still have a chance to qualify for European competitions. Yes, in the last four matches, the team suffered three defeats. However, their opponents in these matches were top teams - Barcelona, Atletico Madrid, and Real Sociedad. In their last home game in La Liga, they managed to defeat Almeria (3-1). I believe the hosts have a chance to at least secure a draw in the match against Athletic Bilbao.
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Athletic Bilbao are a direct competitor to Osasuna in the battle for the seventh position in the table and the right to play in the Conference League next season. Under the guidance of Ernesto Valverde, they had an excellent period in March and April, with four wins and one draw in the league. But it seems that the Basque team is running out of steam towards the end of the season. Their home victory against an unmotivated Celta Vigo was their first win in the last five matches. Prior to that, they suffered three defeats: against Sevilla (0-1), Real Betis (0-1), and Villarreal (1-5), and also had a draw against Mallorca (1-1). I don't think they will be able to defeat a strong Osasuna on their own turf.
Looking at the table, we can expect a match between two relatively evenly matched teams. In such games, the home field advantage is crucial. Osasuna has rarely been defeated in their home stadium recently. Athletic Bilbao has only earned one point in their previous two away matches in La Liga. In the first round of the current season, the Basque team couldn't even beat their opponent in Bilbao (0-0). The teams also met twice in the semi-finals of the country's cup, with each team securing a home victory with a 1-0 scoreline, and it was Osasuna who advanced further in the tournament after extra time. I believe that at the very least, Osasuna will not lose against this opponent. The bet is 1X.
Prediction for the match: Osasuna not to lose (1X).