Our football match prediction:
Thursday’s football match at Estadio Municipal de Ipurua pits together Eibar and Osasuna. Los Armeros recorded a 3-0 win over los Rojillos in the first leg, meaning that they are on the right track to make it to the quarter-finals of the Spanish Cup. The hosts are likely to adopt a defence-minded approach in the second leg and we predict that fans will see a low-scoring affair in this one. Osasuna have been struggling in all competitions this season and considering that they failed to score in three of their last four games in all competitions, we believe that the under 2.5 goals will be scored in Thursday’s match. Anyhow, given that the visitors have nothing to play for in the second leg, we believe that the hosts will record yet another victory over los Rojillos. You should know that los Armeros have already recorded five wins at home this season, speaking of league fixtures.
Highlighted Player (Gonzalo Escalante):
Gonzalo Escalante is an Argentine footballer who plays for Eibar in Spanish La Liga. Escalante made his senior debut for Boca Juniors, coming as a substitute in a 6-1 loss to San Martin de San Juan. After playing 11 matches for the Argentine giants, he was sent on loan to Catania on 28 August, 2014 and he scored his first professional goal against Virtus Entella on 28 October. On 29 January Escalante signed a permanent deal with the Sicilian outfit and he played 26 games for the club in the 2015/2016 campaign. At the end of the season he joined La Liga team Eibar on loan and he made his debut for los Armeros on 24 August against Granada. He managed to find his net on his debut and six months later he signed a permanent deal with the club. His contract with Eibar expires on 30 June, 2020. His main position is central midfield, but he is capable of playing as a defensive midfielder as well.
Highlighted Team (Osasuna):
Osasuna are a Basque football team that plays in Spanish La Liga. Los Rojillos are based in Pamplona and and the club were founded in 1920. Estadio El Sadar has been the home of Osasuna since 1967 and the capacity of the stadium is 19,800. The colour of Osasuna’s home kit is red, while the team’s shorts are navy blue. Los Rojillos dropped to the Segunda Division at the end of the 2013/2014 La Liga campaign, but they did not spend too many time in the Spanish second tier. The club returned to the elite division in 2016 after beating Girona in the play-offs. Osasuna made it to the Spanish Copa del Rey final in 2005, but they eventually lost to Real Betis after extra time in the title game. The meaning of the word Osasuna is “health” in Basque and it is used in a sense of strength.