As things stand, Valladolid are in the play-offs, though with Osasuna, Numancia and Real Oviedo all breathing down their neck, their position inside the top six is anything but secure. Having lost to a Zaragoza team who’ve confirmed their own place in the play-offs last time out, Saturday’s hosts may be feeling a tad down, but there is no time to dwell, especially since their home record is an impressive one.
Osasuna are currently level on points with Valladolid, though, thanks to their inferior goal-difference, they’re currently sat a place below the coveted top six. In terms of recent form, the visitors, who’re now unbeaten in eight matches, have done well; they’re tough to beat, as has been the case all season, but they continue to be somewhat lacking offensively.
On their own patch, Valladolid simply must back themselves to get the better of an Osasuna side who’re inferior to them offensively. The visitors can indeed keep things tight, keeping the strong attack of Valladolid at bay will be anything but easy.
In terms of scoring goals in this division, Valladolid have been just about as good as it gets in front of their own fans during the current campaign. With 41 goals at home to their name, Sergio’s men are the joint-top scorers on their own patch. They are one of only two teams to reach 40 home goals this season, while they arrive at this fixture having scored four in their last two at Estadio José Zorrilla.
Not only have the hosts scored plenty of goals overall, but they’ve also delivered the goods against the better teams at home. They’ve lost just two of their home matches against teams currently in the top half, while they’ve scored an impressive total of 17 goals in those nine matches, scoring at least once in eight. The visitors often thrive from a defensive point of view, but with their powerful attack, the hosts ought to fancy themselves to do the business. After all, they’ve breached many of the best defensive teams in the division already this season.
Osasuna are strong defensively, though that’s not to say that they haven’t had their struggles away from home against the top sides, while they do struggle to score goals on the road. Diego Martínez’s men have scored just 17 goals away from home this season. At the other end of the pitch, they’ve conceded at least once in six of their nine away matches against top-half teams this season, while they’ve only managed to win two of those. What’s more, the visitors have failed to score in four of those, while they’ve only notched a rather measly total of eight goals.
At the end of the day, these are two strong teams. Either one could come out on top, though it is Osasuna’s weak attack that can act as the catalyst for home success. As one of the most potent teams in the entire division, Valladolid are fancied to come out on top against a visiting side that really does struggle to make offensive headway on the road.
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Osasuna have a near perfect recent record in this fixture having won four of the five renewals, while they’re unbeaten in nine against Valladolid. Earlier in the campaign, Osasuna won by four goals to two.
The hosts have a couple of fitness concerns at present. Deivid is out, while Antonio Cotan is also sidelined. Aside from that, with this being a huge game, Valladolid should be at full strength.
The visitors will be without Carlos Clerc on Saturday evening, while Sergio Herrera is also injured, though they have no fresh concerns and should otherwise be able to field a strong XI.