Osasuna vs Athletic predictions and betting tips on March 1, 2023
On March 1, El Sadar Stadium (Pamplona) will host the 1/2 final match of the Copa del Rey, in which Osasuna will compete with Athletic. The battle will start at 21:00 CET.
The team is quite deservedly known as a strong middle peasant of Spanish football. And this, of course, is the merit of Jagoba Arrasate, who is its current mentor. He became the part of the project in the Segunda, and, as a result, immediately raised it back to the La Liga, where from year to year it shows quite decent results. It seemed that this temporada could have brought a possibility to come back to European competitions. Nevertheless, there was only one victory (over Mallorca) in the Primera starting from November, after which, almost without scoring, the team alternated defeats and draws. And only at the previous weekend there was an away success in the battle against Sevilla with a 3-2 score. By the way, it was “White Andalusia” that was overcome at the previous stage of the Copa del Rey. By the higher mentioned result, the club had knocked out the owner of the trophy, “Betis”.
The club returned Ernesto Valverde to the position of the head coach in the previous summer – fortunately, an experienced specialist was unemployed at that very time. Moreover, “the Ant” began to work in Bilbao in such a way that the fans started to discuss the possibility for “the Basques” to come back to the Champions League. However, the pace could not be sustained for a long time. Only in February, it won twice in a row in the Primera, but an important duel against Atlético in Madrid was lost with a 0-1 score. Moreover, the battle with Girona resulted in a 1-3 misfire, with a couple of own goals already in the first half. The team from San Mamés is more successful in the Copa del Rey. But, to be honest, the opponents were quite satisfactory there. The minimal home victory in the 1/8 match with Espanyol and an away 3-1 battle in the quarter-final against Valencia prove the higher mentioned fact.
The statistics of head-to-head matches
Athletic has not lost for the past 4 head-to-head matches – a pair of wins and draws. Still, January battle brought only a 0-0 result.
Bookmakers believe in a boring game, where the guests have more chances to win. But the teams both scored and conceded in the previous rounds. Thus, let’s risk betting on “total: over 2.0” (odd: 1.88).