Our prediction for this Primera Division match:
Osasuna and Valencia go head to head at Estadio El Sadar in the opening match of La Liga round 8. Los Rojillos did remarkably well to hold Real Madrid to a draw at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu, and it is no surprise the bookies see them as favourites to beat Valencia in Pamplona. Defender David Garcia misses the match through suspension, but head coach Jagoba Arrasate has no fresh injury worries ahead of Friday’s clash.
Los Che, on the other hand, head into the match following a 2-2 draw with Espanyol where defender Eray Comert saved one point in the 6th minute of the stoppage time. Genaro Gattuso’s men are not regarded as good travellers, and seeing that forward Marcos de Souza is banned for the game, we are tempted to put our money on Osasuna this time out. Goalkeeper Jaume Domenech remains on the sidelines with injury.
Highlighted Player (Roberto Torres):
After scoring 23 goals in 132 appearances for Osasuna B, Roberto Torres made his first-team debut on 11 December 2011. He came as a substitute in a 1-1 draw with Malaga, but he played no more than two league games for los Rojillos in the 2011/2012 La Liga campaign. However, he was making progress year by year and he made 42 appearances for Osasuna in the 2015/2016 Segunda Division campaign.
Roberto Torres is one of the players who helped the team secure promotion to Primera Division and it has to be noted that the midfielder scored 12 goals in the 2015/2016 season.
Roberto Torres’ contract with Osasuna expires in 2018. The 178-cm-tall player was born in Pamplona, on 7 March, 1989. His main position is attacking midfielder, but he is capable of playing as a central midfielder as well. He scored his first goal in Primera Division in a 2-4 loss to Real Madrid in the 2012/2013 campaign.
Highlighted Team (Valencia):
Founded on March 18, 1919, Valencia FC are a Spanish football club that compete in La Liga. Los Che play their home games at Estadio de Mestalla, the stadium which was opened back in May, 1923. The capacity of the venue is 50,000. Seeing that bats are quite common in Valencia, it is no surprise they are nicknamed the Bats.
Valencia made it to the Champions League final on two occasions (2000, 2001), but they were beaten in the title games by Real Madrid and Bayern Munchen respectively. The Spanish club, though, did well to win the UEFA Cup title in the 2003/2004 season, with the team beating Marseille in the final of the competition.
A number of top-class footballers were part of the club in the past, with the likes of Pablo Aimar, Ruben Baraja, David Albelda, Santiago Canizares, John Carew and Gaizka Mendieta all playing for the Estadio de Mestalla outfit. Valencia main colors are white and black, whilst they often where orange jerseys and shorts when playing on the travels.