Osasuna hosts Betis in round 6 of Spanish LaLiga. The match will be played on Thursday, September 23rd at Estadio El Sadar (Pamplona)
Osasuna will definitely not aim at something serious and ambitious. The Reds are extremely steady on their legs and sensibly assess their forces. So, the main thing is just not to leave the elite and ideally to avoid a difficult struggle for survival. In August, Jagoba Arrasate and his charges coped with this task successfully. They started with goalless draws against Espanyol and Celta, and then they snatched a 3-2 victory over Cadiz. But after a pause for the matches of the national teams, Osasuna suffered a devastating defeat from Valencia, answering with only one goal to four conceded. Fortunately, then the Reds had to face modest Alaves, which conceded two goals in the middle of the 1st half and did not answer with anything.
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Betis has always been quite ambitious. And Manuel Pellegrini was called a year ago precisely in order to return the Green-and-Whites to the international arena. The Chilean coped with this task, confirming his class, and brought new charges to the Europa League from the very first attempt. Last Thursday Betis started its way in the group stage from the home match against Celtic. The Scots even were winning 2-0, but the Spanish team celebrated a bright 4-3 victory in the end. After that, the Green-and-Whites hosted Espanyol on Sunday, and that game brought opposite emotions, as the Catalans pulled out a draw in the last attack. In any case, if Betis wants to stay at the level of achievements of the previous season, it needs to win as often as possible. However, the start was clearly not the best.
Osasuna is rightfully considered a convenient opponent for Betis. The Reds gained their last victory in a head-to-head match back in 2014. After that, seven games have already been played, and the Green-and-Whites won six times, including both matches in the previous LaLiga draw (2-0 away and 1-0 at home). Although these teams do not always play spectacularly, it must be admitted that they strive for this. We think that the opponents will exchange goals in the upcoming game.
Prediction for the match: Both teams to score — yes