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After her promotion to the top division last season Espanyol be their La Liga campaign with a trip to Osasuna on Saturday.
The guests led the Segunda Division last season and made an immediate return, while their hosts finished 11th in their third straight season in La Liga.
Prediction for this match
At halftime last season, Osasuna was in the bottom three of the La Liga table after an impressive 10.
However, a greatly improved streak of results, including a series of six games that produced four wins and 12 points in January and February, made them jump out of the drop zone and climb the table.
Towards the end of the season there was a series of five league games without defeat, including victories in a row over Villarreal and Valencia Jagoba Arrasate‘s men move far beyond the relegation zone and finally finished 11th with a commendable record of 44 points from 38 games.
That was eight points less than in the 2019-20 season, but Los Rojillos have once again strengthened their position in La Liga and Arrasate is now well-equipped to push for a first-half placement in the coming season.
Your opponents return to the top division after a short time in the second division and immediately won the league.
Espanyol landed at the foot of the La Liga table in the 2019-20 season and were relegated by just 25 points, but they went to the Segunda division with the confidence to be promoted straight back to the top.
The Periquitos have been in a heated battle for promotion throughout the season, never falling below fourth, and eventually reclaiming the top spot in March amid a 15-game streak of undefeated league action.
Despite a disappointing run at the end of the season, the job was already done by Espanyol, after all they finished tied with second-placed Mallorca and led by goal difference.
They were propelled to ascend by an impressive balance of defense and attack. Their 71 goals were 10 more than any other team, while no team scored fewer than the 28 goals the Periquitos scored in 42 league games.
They are now returning to the top division with the aim of re-establishing themselves as a regular La Liga team with the ultimate goal of avoiding the bottom three in their first season.
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Osasuna has to deal with the absences of Adrian Lopez, Robert Ibanez and Aridane Hernandez, since all three were injured.
Juan Cruz is also a doubt that opens a space for new signatures Jose Angel Start left-back.
The line should certainly be led by the Croatian striker Ante Budimirwho scored 11 goals in 30 league games on loan from Mallorca last season and has since been permanently captured.
Espanyol made an impressive summer signing with the capture of Miguelon, on his way to the La Liga season, but its availability is doubtful due to a minor injury while Keidi Bare and Landry Dimata could also be missing.
Your key man will be the attacker Raul de Tomas, who promoted the Periquitos with 23 league goals last season, most of them in the second division last season.
Osasuna possible starting line-up:
Herrera; Vidal, D Garcia, U Garcia, Angel; Torro, Sanjurjo; Barja, R. Garcia, Avila; Budimir
Espanyol possible starting line-up:
Diego Lopez; Gomez, Cabrera, Calero, Pedrosa; David Lopez, Merida; Embarba, Melendo, Ribaudo; Tomas
Probability: Osasuna 1-1 Espanyol
Osasuna impressed last season and will be eager to build again this year as their opponents enter the game with momentum from last season and this time will desperately try to avoid relegation.
On this occasion, we see the teams split the points on a cautious opening affair, though Osasuna may be bragging about the slightly stronger squad.
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