Athletic Bilbao hopes for a European spot vs Osasuna

Athletic Bilbao hopes for a European spot vs Osasuna

Athletic Bilbao just need a win to enter top four of the league table when they go against Osasuna in this match. This meeting is crucial for Athletic as they only need a point in order to enter the top four, and have their chances for a European spot. On the other hand, if Osasuna could win in this game, they have a chance to have the same standing than Athletic in the league table. A win for Osasuna means they now have the better chance to enter the top four of the league table. This just proves that coming into this game, these two teams will be eager to win this match. The meeting between these two teams will be on January 10, 2023, at 4:00 AM (GMT+8), as Athletic host their match.

There are 40 matches played by these two teams across all competitions, and it was the hosts who has a better record. From those 40 matches, the hosts won 19 matches, compared to the visitor’s 11. However, on their recent matches, the hosts had three winless matches against the visitors. This streak though finally ended as they won their last two matches against the visitors. As for the visitors, they lost three games against any Basque teams in La Liga, after their 10-game unbeaten run. Coming into this game, they will be eager to stop this streak, as continuing this would dig them deeper in the league table.

Athletic Bilbao

La Liga: Athletic Bilbao

Currently at the fifth place of the league table, Athletico is with 27 points across their names. However, a win could bring them additional three points, putting them at the fourth spot of the league table with 30 points. So far, they have been impressive this season, and are capable of pulling off dominating wins against any teams. In fact, during their match against Eldense on their last meeting, they had a dominating 6-1 victory. A record they are hopeful to repeat in this match. A top four spot could help them secure a European spot this season, which is why they are hungry to get a win instead of a draw. Additionally, considering that they have a strong squad, expect a lot of guys to step-up in this match.

There is a possibility that Inigo Martinez, and Ander Capa will not be available in this match, due to a muscular problems. A late fitness test could determine whether or not, both of them could be available here. Fortunately, Ander Herrera is available in this match, as he was back during their Copa del Rey match.

CA Osasuna

La Liga: CA Osasuna

Osasuna is currently at the ninth of the league table with 23 points, and a win in this match could bring them at the seventh of the league table with 26 points. However, they need to work harder as they have been inconsistent this season. In fact, they recently suffered a 2-0 defeat against Real Sociedad last week, and are looking to bounce back in this game. This squad have their chances in this game, but they are not that impressive coming into this game. They are lucky though that although they lost their last league game, they won in Copa del Rey. Additionally, that win helped them book their spot in the Round of 16 of that tournament.

Considering the yellow card he picked up on their last league game, Unai Garcia will be missing in this game, following the suspension he needs to serve. Nacho Vidal on the other hand is also a doubt due to his injury.

Prediction:

Athletic Bilbao (1)
Odds: 0.87

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