La Liga Kicks Off
After what has felt like a long time off, La Liga will kick off its season on Friday at El Sadar Stadium. Since earning promotion in 2018-19, Osasuna has been a consistent mid-table team, finishing 10th twice and 11th once. Sevilla FC has gradually cemented itself as one the top four teams in La Liga, placing fourth in the last three seasons.
Both will look to start their season on the right foot.
Osasuna Relegation Survival Skills
Osasuna has fought back any possible relegation battles since winning La Liga 2 and earning their promotion in the 2018-19 season. They have not been able to break out past the top 10 in the table, and last season was nine points above a relegation spot but survived.
Osasuna has not had many moves through this summer’s transfer window. Their team has stayed intact, with homegrown talent. Osasuna’s one big signing was for Moi Gomez, who played in 29 games and started 13 for Villarreal, scoring two goals and assisting two. They also didn’t lose any critical members of the starting 11.
Last season’s leading goal scorer, Ante Budimir, is out with a hamstring injury. That could slow Osasuna’s already average attack, which scored one goal a game last season.
Sevilla FC Pursuit for Top Four
After Sevilla finished in fourth place in La Liga for the third straight season, they have cemented themselves as competition for La Liga’s top three — Barcelona, Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid. They finished three points behind second-place Barcelona, the closest they have gotten to a finish that high.
A lot of the team’s success last season was due to a defense that allowed a league-low 30 goals and had 17 clean sheets, the second-most. The backbone was the center-back pairing of Jules Kounde and Diego Carlos, who left the team on transfers this summer. Sevilla will try to replace them by signing Marcao at center-back and adding left-back Alex Telles on loan from Manchester United.
Last season Sevilla didn’t have the most potent attack, finishing seventh in total goals, low compared to their place in the table. There is still no clear starting striker headed into the season. Rafa Mir was the only player on the team to reach 10 goals last season and he has a good shot to start. The signing of Isco on a free transfer from Real Madrid will help with Sevilla’s offensive creativity. But the team signed him just last weekend, so he might not appear in the game against Osasuna.
Osasuna vs Sevilla Head-to-Head
Osasuna has not beaten Sevilla since its most recent promotion in 2019, and you have to go all the way to 2013 for the last time Osasuna won this matchup. They also have not scored against Sevilla since March 2020, in a 3-2 loss. However, the previous game between the sides ended in a 0-0 draw, the first time Sevilla did not win since December 2019.
Osasuna vs Sevilla Game Information
- Game: Osasuna (0-0-0) vs Sevilla FC (0-0-0)
- Location: El Sadar Stadium (Pamplona, Spain)
- Day/Time: Friday, Aug. 12, 3 p.m. ET
- Osasuna vs Sevilla FC Live Stream: fubo.tv
Osasuna vs Sevilla Betting Lines
Osasuna vs Sevilla Prediction
The first game of the season, let alone opening day for the whole league, can be challenging with teams still shaking off the rust from the offseason. Furthermore, neither side proved to be the most offensively skilled teams in La Liga last season. Finally, the back line of Sevilla has gone through a massive shift and getting their defense up to par might prove difficult.
The game will not be a goal-fest, but Sevilla will come out on top. They have dominated the matchups with Osasuna and still have a much more talented team.
Score Prediction: Sevilla FC 1, Osasuna 0