Our prediction for this Primera Division match:
After sharing the spoils with Rayo Vallecano in Madrid, Valencia will look to return to winning ways when they host Osasuna to their Estadio de Mestalla on Saturday. The 2021/2022 season has been a mixed bag for los Che, and, as a result, they sit in the middle of the table ahead of the visit of Osasuna. Mouctar Diakhaby is back from suspension, while both Bryan Gil and Antonio Latorre should miss out with injuries.
Los Rojillos, on the other hand, have been having their ups and downs of late, with the team beating both Levante and Alaves at home, while losing to Barcelona and Betis on the road. Since Osasuna have been struggling on the travels of late, we are tempted to put our money on Valencia, who are eyeing a top-ten finish. Both Juan Cruz and Jesus Areso are likely to miss the game with injuries for the away side.
Highlighted Player (Maximiliano Gómez):
Commonly referred to as Maxi, the Uruguay striker Maximiliano Gomez is a ball playing forward who does not dive into tackles and is not afraid of a challenge to get closer to goal. Led by a genuine predator’s instinct, Maximiliano Gomez is that kind of a striker who’s always hungry for goals – a trait that’s arguably made him one of the hottest youngsters Uruguay has seen over the past decade.
Maxi Gomez is a strong player with a bulking physique. His friends call him Gucci in reference to a weighty singer from Uruguay – Gustavo ‘El Gucci’ Serafini. Having first stepped on the stage with Defensor Sporting in 2015, Maxi grabbed the spotlight in the penalty shootout against Lanus in the Copa Sudamericana Round of 16 when he displayed commendable courage and composure to send his team through in the competition.
Fearless and utterly intrepid in his exploits, Maxi Gomez was sold to Celta de Vigo in 2017 where he would go on to make an instant impact – with a brace on his debut, in a 3-2 defeat against Real Sociedad.
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.