Athletic vs Osasuna | LaLiga 22-23 | Matchday 16
The first third of the 2022-23 LaLiga season has already passed, and already most teams have had a turbulent season full of highs and lows. And while this is normal, if there is no consistency, it will be difficult for them to reach their dream positions. When Athletic vs Osasuna goes down, both teams will be feeling a sense of urgency to recover what they have been fighting for since the beginning, a place in the top five.
San Mamés Stadium Will Host the Athletic vs Osasuna 2022 Match
Athletic Seems to Be Missing a Golden Opportunity to Be among the First Ones
Athletic began the season with an excellent run that helped them to slip into the top positions comfortably.
However, by their tenth game played, things were coming undone. The last three games resulted in two draws and a defeat, which at the pace of LaLiga, would cost them what they had achieved at the beginning of the season.
Therefore, the search for the three points in Athletic vs Osasuna is an opportunity to try to return to the top places.
Osasuna Failed to Keep Up at the Start of the Season
Osasuna started out the season ready to rub shoulders with the giants of LaLiga, and they were proving it to start with. But by their ninth matchday, their last four games had been three defeats and a draw, which sent them to the middle of the table, far from the positions they had held in their first five games.
In Athletic vs Osasuna they will have to be firm against a rival who already knows their strengths and weaknesses well.
Previous Athletic vs Osasuna Matches
A very exciting Athletic vs Osasuna match occurred on January 3, 2022, at the El Sadar stadium.
Los Rojillos started winning, but Los Leones returned and took the three points home. Osasuna dominated the ball for 58% of the match, while Athletic’s side managed it for just 42% of the game. The locals had considerably more accuracy in their passing at 82% to the visitors’ 72%. The number of shots on goal was similar: 5 Athletic, 4 Osasuna.
Just 5 minutes in, a goal opportunity created by Iñaki Williams was already on the horizon. But five minutes later, the first goal would come, and it would be for Osasuna with a header by Kike García and an assist by Moncayola. The excitement did not stop and taking advantage of the counter, in the 16th minute, Iñaki Williams put a cross for Oihan Sancet to head it into the back of the net. The score was 1 – 1 in the Athletic vs Osasuna.
In the 25th minute, Athletic got their second goal and began their comeback. De Marcos would set it up for Oihan Sancet to finish with a first-time shot. It would be the final score of the first half.
In the second half, Athletic would attack non-stop in search of a third goal to seal the match, and with only 10 minutes elapsed, there was already two chances. But the goal wouldn’t come until minute 68 in a hat trick for Oihan Sancet, who received the ball from Berenguer in the small area and scored it in Sergio Herrera’s goal.
On May 15, 2022, an Athletic vs Osasuna match was played in San Mames, with the locals winning 2-0.
Although the ball was more Osasuna’s 56% than Athletic’s 44%, this did not make a difference in the result. The Reds were also more accurate in terms of accuracy, 9% to the Lions’ 77%. However, the chances to reach the rival goal were more significant for the winners, who reached the goal 8 times.
The scoreboard would open 33 minutes into the match with a goal by Álex Berenguer with the assistance of Iker Muniain, who set up the goal off a corner kick. After this, there were two clear goal opportunities where the Williams brothers were protagonists, but the ball ended up in the hands of Sergio Herrera.
The return from halftime went long without excitement until the 79th minute when Iñaki Williams got away with the ball on a counter, and Asier Villalibre finished it off for Athletic‘s second goal.
Prediction for Athletic vs Osasuna
This match will undoubtedly be a fascinating one, and there is no doubt about how overwhelming Athletic could be or how offensive Osasuna could be. However, the scales tip slightly towards the locals, so expect Athletic vs Osasuna to end in a 2-1 win in favor of the locals.
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