Osasuna can be satisfied with how they appeared in the last round on the road against Levante when they managed to pull out a victory with a minimal result.
Both sides didn’t take too many risks, so it wasn’t surprising that no goals were scored after the first forty-five minutes. However, the second part was more exciting, visibly more dynamic compared to the first. The guests took the lead in the 74th over Budimir and can thank Herrera for a three-pointer, as he successfully anticipated the direction of the ball, and stopped the hosts to level up the score from the penalty in the 79th minute.
Osasuna is at 13th place in the standings, having some concerns, as they are only four points above the relegation placed Elche.
The home side will miss goalkeeper Ruben Martinez (3/0), right-back Roncaglia (15/1), midfielder Jony (13/0) and Ruben Garcia (23/3). Left-back Juan Cruz (18/0) and midfielder Brasanac (5/1) remain doubtful for now.
Sevilla failed to be more competitive in the first leg of the Champions League campaign against Dortmund, as they suffered a 2:3 home loss last Wednesday evening.
Four days earlier, they did just enough to record a victory in their last Laliga clash against Huesca, outplaying them back at home with a close 1:0 result. It was surprising that the hosts failed to be effective in the first part when they completely dominated, but never the less, managed to add one to the scoreline in the 57th, despite being slightly pushed back by the guests.
Sevilla is positioned at Champions League-leading 4th place, having only two points less than third-placed Barcelona.
The guests are set to miss left-back Acuna (17/0) and forward Ocampos (21/4) due to injuries.
It smells like goals
Sevilla had enough time to recover from their last European match when they showed their more than decent offensive capabilities. However, Osasuna shouldn’t be that underestimated here, as they are overly looking, quite an effective squad, which will surely opt for a more open approach, as they require a three-pointer.
In my opinion, there will be no clean sheets in this encounter, as both sides are more than capable to be dangerous to each other, and there is simply no reason for a passive approach, both due to their own reasons for it.