MX23RW : Friday, August 14 06:10:55| >> :600:1878495:1878495:
Jul 11, 2020 at 4pm UK at Estadio El Sadar
OsasunaOsasuna
2-1
Celta VigoCelta Vigo
Gallego (23'), Arnaiz (90+1')
Hernandez (3'), Garcia (48')
FT(HT: 1-1)
Mina (10')
Saenz (19'), Rafinha (59')

Preview: Osasuna vs. Celta Vigo - prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews Saturday's La Liga clash between Osasuna and Celta Vigo, including team news and predicted lineups.

Celta Vigo will be looking to secure their spot in La Liga for the 2020-21 campaign when they travel to Estadio El Sadar to face Osasuna on Saturday afternoon.

The visitors are currently 15th in the table, seven points clear of the relegation zone, while Osasuna, who have impressed many with their form this season, occupy 11th.


Match preview

Osasuna manager Jagoba Arrasate in August 2019.© Reuters

Having been promoted back to this level courtesy of winning last season's Segunda Division, Osasuna's main task during the 2019-20 campaign would have been to ensure that they were not relegated.

Los Rojillos have performed above expectations this term, though, currently sitting 11th in the table, just two points behind 10th-placed Granada as they eye a top-half spot.

Osasuna have not finished higher than 16th in Spain's top flight since the 2011-12 season, which is an indication of just how impressive they have been on their return to this level of football.

Jagoba Arrasate's side will enter the match off the back of a disappointing 3-0 defeat at Real Betis on Wednesday, but they have won three of their last five in the league during a strong run of form.

Celta Vigo players celebrate Iago Aspas's late goal against Barcelona on June 27, 2020© Reuters

Celta, meanwhile, are not quite there in terms of guaranteeing survival, but it would take some turnaround for the team to drop into the relegation zone at this stage of the season.

Indeed, a total of 36 points from 35 matches has left them in 15th position, seven points clear of the relegation zone. The Sky Blues have played a game more than the four teams directly below them, though, which means that they will still be looking over their shoulder at this stage.

Celta have actually only lost two of their eight league games since returning to action last month, while they will enter this match off the back of a 1-1 draw against Atletico Madrid on Tuesday night.

Oscar Garcia's side have also picked up points in nine of their 17 away league games this term and are unbeaten against Osasuna in Spain's top flight since February 2013.

Osasuna La Liga form: DWWWDL

Celta La Liga form: WWDLDD


Team News

Atletico Madrid's Joao Felix in action with Osasuna's Pervis Estupinan in December 2019© Reuters

Osasuna are again set to be without Enric Gallego, Ruben Garcia, Marc Cardona, Robert Ibanez and Ezequiel Avila for this weekend's contest on home soil.

Jose Arnaiz led the line in a 4-5-1 formation against Betis last time out, and a lack of options at the top end of the field could see a similar selection in this game.

Pervis Estupinan is expected to return to the side at left-back, though, while Oier could also feature in the middle of the park as Arrasate prepares to make a couple of changes.

As for Celta, Denis Suarez, David Junca and Sergio Alvarez remain on the sidelines through injury, but Nestor Araujo is available after serving a one-game suspension against Atletico.

Rafinha is expected to return to the starting XI, while there could also be a role for Nolito in midfield.

Iago Aspas and Fedor Smolov started as the front two against Atletico in a 5-3-2 formation, but Aspas could drop to a wider position for this match with Smolov through the middle.

Osasuna possible starting lineup:
Herrera; Vidal, Aridane, D Garcia, Estupinan; Barja, Brasanac, Oier, Merida, Torres; Arnaiz

Celta possible starting lineup:
Blanco; Mallo, Murillo, Araujo, Olaza; Nolito, Rafinha, Yokuslu, Beltran, Aspas; Smolov


Sports Mole Logo

We say: Osasuna 1-1 Celta Vigo

Osasuna, on home soil, should be the favourites, but Arrasate's side are currently missing a number of important players. Celta, on the other hand, picked up an impressive point against Atletico last time out, and we are finding it difficult to predict the visitors to lose this game.


ID:405757:

Who will win Saturday's La Liga clash between Osasuna and Celta Vigo?

Osasuna
Draw
Celta Vigo
Osasuna
41.4%
Draw
25.9%
Celta Vigo
32.8%
Share this article now:
Did you know...?
Barcelona midfielder Arturo Vidal pictured on November 5, 2019
Read Next:
Barcelona 'ready to sell six players this summer'
>
Latest Sports Video
Sports Mole Logo
Enter your email address to subscribe to Sports Mole's free daily transfer newsletter! Sent twice a day during the transfer window.

rhs 2.0
Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
CReal Madrid38269370254587
2Barcelona39258688404883
3Atletico MadridAtletico401818454302472
4Sevilla391914655352071
5Villarreal381861463491460
6Real Sociedad38168145648856
7Granada37167145043755
8Getafe381412124337654
9Valencia381411134653-753
10Osasuna381313124654-852
11Athletic Bilbao381312134138351
12Levante38147174753-649
13Real Valladolid38915143243-1142
14EibarEibar38119183956-1742
15Real Betis371010174658-1240
16AlavesAlaves38109193459-2539
17Celta Vigo38716153749-1237
RLeganes38812183051-2136
RMallorca3896234065-2533
REspanyol38510232758-3125

Subscribe to our Newsletter


Transfer Talk Daily
Match previews - twice weekly
Morning Briefing (7am UTC)
Ultra close-up image of Kevin De Bruyne [NOT FOR USE IN ARTICLES]Get the latest transfer news, match previews and news direct to your inbox!