The 2022/23 La Liga season will kick start this Friday with a match between Osasuna and Sevilla at the Estadio El Sadar in Pamplona.
Venue: Estadio El Sadar (Pamplona)
Osasuna were just one of three sides to pick up more points on the road than at home last season.
Only Cádiz picked up fewer home points than them last term.
The hosts failed to win each of their last six opening home games when playing in the top flight (D2, L4), failing to score in three of the previous four.
Their coach Jagoba Arrasate is currently La Liga’s second-longest serving manager.
The Spaniard have failed to win any of his last nine personal clashes with Sevilla (D3, L6), which includes a current barren run of 376 minutes without scoring.
Sevilla are unbeaten in their last 12 opening away league games (W7, D5) including a current five-game-winning run in such encounters.
The visitors have not lost in their last six La Liga games (two wins and four draws).
Sevilla have drawn 11 of their last 18 matches in La Liga – the highest number of draws for any team in Europe’s top five leagues in 2022.
New Sevilla player Isco has never lost in 12 top flight H2Hs with Osasuna (W6, D6 – G3, A4).
Head to head
Sevilla have a good record against Osasuna and have won 19 out of the 40 matches played between the two teams, as opposed to Osasuna’s 11 victories.
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Mid-table regulars Osasuna will look to get their 2022/23 La Liga season off a flyer when they welcome top-four hopefuls, Sevilla, to Pamplona this Friday night.
The hosts who finished in mid-table last season have recorded three consecutive 10th or 11th placed finishes in the top-flight since earning promotion back in 2018/19.
Under the stewardship of Jagoba Arrasate, who is now La Liga’s second-longest serving manager, they have become an established La Liga team and will now hope to move to their next level of development, which will be a top six finish.
They will look to achieve that by beginning the season with a win. However, they have a bad record against Sevilla, having failed to beat the visitors in ten tries (eight losses and two draws).
Also, the fact that only Cádiz picked up fewer home points than them last term, while they were just one of three sides to pick up more points on the road than at home last season will be a source of worry as they look to begin the season with a win.
Possible Osasuna starting line-up
Sergio Herrera; Jonas Ramalho, David Garcia, Unai Garcia, Jose Angel; Oier, Lucas Torro, Darko Brasanac; Ruben Garcia, Ezequiel Avila, Enrique Barja.
Injured: Kiko Saverio, Aitor Fernandez, Ante Budimir
After enduring a poor pre-season, Sevilla will look to begin the new season with a win when they travel to Pamplona this Friday.
The visitors who have conceded seven goals in their last three pre-season games are looking to establish themselves as a top-four regular this season after they secured a top-four finish last season.
But their preparation for the season has been far from perfect with two losses from their poor as they won just two of their last three games while scoring just once.
However, given that they are the more dominant side in this fixture with ten wins and just two losses in the last 15 head-to-head games with Osasuna, they will fancy their chances of getting a win in this game.
Possible Sevilla starting line-up
Yassine Bounou; Jesus Navas, Nemanja Gudelj, Kkarim Rekik, Marcos Acuna; Joan Jordan, Fernado, Dario Gomez; Lucas Ocampos, Jesus Corona, Youssef En-Nesyri.
Osasuna 1-2 Sevilla