Valencia has had a successful start to the new season, putting their relegation fight from last year behind them. On Sunday, they’ll take on Osasuna, hoping for their third consecutive victory to open the season.
Valencia’s strong start to the current season shows that the club has learned from its mistakes from the previous season. As a result of their recent success, Valencia is now being considered by some as a serious European Cup contender.
The Spanish powerhouses showed great restraint by not scoring the game-winner against Las Palmas until the 74th minute of their most recent La Liga match. Pepelu scored the game-winning goal with only their fourth shot on target. Their performance was not as strong as their first game, but getting a taste of victory before a demanding schedule of games would be a great boost.
This is a tough week for Osasuna as they also have a Europa League playoff match against Club Brugge to prepare for. Three points have been earned through two games for Osasuna this season; they have scored twice and conceded twice in 180 minutes of play.
Osasuna lost 2-0 to Athletic Bilbao on matchday 2, so they’ll need to bounce back this weekend. They had only themselves to blame for that loss, as Osasuna controlled play and made 18 shots on goal. Despite having seven shots on goal, they were unable to score.
Valencia has won 13 of the previous 23 meetings between these two teams. That includes two consecutive triumphs and three in the last four. They won last year’s March matchup against the same opponent by the same score, 1-0.
Even though Valencia’s previous performance level wasn’t particularly outstanding, they’ve gotten off to a great start this season. It’s possible that Osasuna will finally break their goalless streak this weekend when they face their rivals.
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Valencia vs Osasuna Game Information
- Date: 08/27/2023
- Time: 01:30 PM ET
- Location: Estadio de Mestalla (Valencia).
- How to Watch Valencia vs Osasuna: ESPN+
- Live Stream: fubo.tv