Our match prediction:
Estadio La Rosaleda will host the match between Malaga and Osasuna. Los Rojillos returned to the Spanish top flight and they can’t wait for the new season to begin. Malaga finished the 2015/2016 La Liga campaign in eighth position in the standings and they failed to book their place in European competitions. Los Boquerones have big ambitions for the upcoming season and they are eager to kick off the 2016/2017 La Liga campaign with a victory over Osasuna. Malaga have been impressive in recent friendly games and they have been scoring goals for fun of late. The likes of Keko and Zdravko Kuzmanovic joined the club in the summer transfer and seeing that Osasuna often struggle on the travels, we predict that the hosts are going to pick up all three points from Friday’s football game. In their last meeting in Primera Division Malaga recorded a routine 2-0 win over Osasuna, with the likes of Samu and Amrabat scoring for los Boquerones.
Highligted Player (Roque Santa Cruz):
Roque Santa Cruz is one of the tallest strikers for Paraguay over the years. The 34-year-old striker has last appeared for the Spanish club Malaga on loan from Mexican club Cruz Azul. The lanky striker started his career in the youth teams of Olimpia and made his first-team debut at the age of 15 in 1997. His prolific scoring record with Olimpia earned him a transfer to German giants Bayern Munich in 1999 for a fee of €5 million. The initial promise didn’t convert to reality because of a series of injuries and heavy competition from team mates. His limited impact and appearances restricted his prolific scoring although he won numerous Bundesliga and DFB-Pokal titles with Bayern. Santa Cruz joined Manchester City in 2009 but injuries limited his performances. He is currently the all-time leading goal scorer for Paraguay with 32 goals and also the sixth ever player to reach 100 appearances.
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.