Preview: Osasuna vs. Sevilla

Preview: Osasuna vs. Sevilla

Title-challenging Sevilla will be looking to return to winning ways in La Liga when they travel to Estadio El Sadar on Saturday evening to take on Osasuna.

The away side are currently second in the table, four points behind leaders Real Madrid, while Osasuna occupy 11th position, boasting 28 points from their opening 22 matches of the campaign.

Osasuna have won seven, drawn seven and lost eight of their 22 La Liga matches this season to collect 28 points, which has left them in 11th position in the table, just four points behind seventh-placed Villarreal.

Los Rojillos have finished 10th and 11th in La Liga since returning to this level and do not appear to have any relegation fears this term, currently sitting 10 points clear of the relegation zone.

Osasuna have actually been victorious in two of their last three in the league, recording a 2-0 win over Cadiz on January 9 before overcoming Granada by the same scoreline before the break.

Much of their success this season has been built on a strong away record, having picked up 17 points from their 11 La Liga games on their travels, which is the fifth-best return in the division.

Jagoba Arrasate’s side have the third-worst home record this season, though, collecting just 11 points from 11 games, which will be a concern ahead of their clash with high-flying Sevilla.

Sevilla have not won La Liga since 1946, while they have not finished higher than fourth since 2009, but the Red and Whites are firmly in the title argument at this stage of the season.

Indeed, an impressive campaign has seen them win 13, draw seven and lose two of their 22 matches to collect 46 points, which has left them second, four points behind leaders Real Madrid on the same number of games.

Sevilla have been held by Valencia and Celta Vigo in their last two La Liga matches, but they are unbeaten in Spain’s top flight since the end of November, winning five of their last eight.

Julen Lopetegui’s side, who will take on Dinamo Zagreb in the knockout round of the Europa League, have the third-best away record in La Liga this term, picking up 19 points from 11 matches.

A productive January transfer window saw the club land two talented attackers, meanwhile, with Jesus Manuel Corona arriving from Porto and Anthony Martial joining on loan from Manchester United.

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We say: Osasuna 1-2 Sevilla
Sevilla need to keep winning if they are to stay in touch with Real Madrid, and we are expecting the visitors to triumph here. Osasuna deserve a lot of respect for another impressive campaign to date, but Sevilla have been excellent this season, and we fancy them to secure all three points on Saturday.

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