Fresh from their midweek Champions League group-stage opener, Sevilla will shift their focus back to La Liga as they travel to face Osasuna, a top-flight Spanish team.
Osasuna has accumulated six points from their five league games this season, placing them in 12th position.
On the other hand, Sevilla sits in 17th place, with only three points from their first four matches.
Osasuna’s tough start to the season included a loss to Club Brugge in the Europa Conference League playoff round, failing to qualify for the group stage.
Since then, they have suffered two consecutive defeats in the league, with a 3-2 loss to Getafe in their previous match.
In their last game, Osasuna was close to securing a draw at Coliseum Alfonso Perez but conceded a late goal in the 86th minute. With six points from five matches, Los Rojillos currently occupy the 12th spot.
After finishing seventh in La Liga last season, Jagoba Arrasate’s team aims to replicate their success this term.
However, they need to find consistency soon, especially with upcoming matches against Sevilla, Atletico Madrid, and Real Madrid.
Sevilla, on the other hand, had a disappointing start to the 2023-24 campaign, losing all four of their initial matches.
Notably, they suffered a penalty shootout defeat to Manchester City in the UEFA Super Cup.
However, they managed to secure a victory after the international break, defeating Las Palmas 1-0.
Despite their poor start, Sevilla has a game in hand over most of the teams in the league due to their postponed match against Atletico Madrid. Currently sitting at 17th place with three points, they aim to climb up the table.
In their Champions League Group B opener, Sevilla drew 1-1 against Lens at home. However, they have been unsuccessful in their last three league encounters against Osasuna, losing both matches during the 2022-23 season.
Osasuna will be without Unai Garcia, Jon Moncayola, and Darko Brasanac due to injury.
However, Alejandro Catena will return to the squad following his suspension. There might be alterations in the attacking department, with Jose Arnaiz and Ruben Garcia possibly being introduced.
Sevilla will miss Marcos Acuna, Marcao, Tanguy Nianzou, and Alfonso Pastor due to injuries.
The starting lineup is expected to see changes from their Champions League match, with Loic Bade and Jesus Navas returning to the defense.
Oliver Torres might feature in attack, while Youssef En-Nesyri is likely to lead the line.
Pena, D Garcia, Catena, Cruz;
Oroz, Munoz, M Gomez;
Arnaiz, Budimir, Ruben Garcia
Navas, Bade, Ramos, Pedrosa;
Lamela, Torres, Ocampos;
Prediction: Osasuna 1-1 Sevilla
Sevilla’s unpredictable form makes it difficult to back them in this match. While Osasuna hasn’t been exceptional this season, we don’t expect them to lose. A score draw seems likely at Estadio El Sadar.