PAMPLONA, SPAIN. Osasuna play host to Valencia here at Reyno de Navarra, in this La Liga game. The home side are 9/5 with Stan James for the win, while Valencia are 9/5 with BetVictor. The draw is 9/4 with Boylesports.
Osasuna are currently undergoing a mini-revival of sorts, as they moved to four games without a defeat with a victory over Rayo Vallecano. It's their best run of the season, and José Luis Mendillibar will be delighted with the way his players have managed to turn things around - no matter how slightly. He'll know Osasuna have only won two of their last twelve meetings with Valencia in La Liga though.
The bad news from the Rayo win was that Sisi suffered an injury, and with it being confirmed as cruciate ligament damage he'll be out for an expected 8 months. No replacement will be signed, as Mendillibar has been told to make do with what he's got. Roland Lamah should come in, while Captain Patxi Puñal could even return it what would be a huge boost.
Valencia meanwhile suffered a horrendous 2-5 home defeat last weekend against Real Sociedad, and in turn moved on their coach Mauricio Pellegrino. Ernesto Valverde was immediately brought in and will take charge for the first time here, after reserve coach Voro handled matters midweek in the win over Lille.
It will be fascinating to watch Valencia over the next few weeks to see what impact Valverde has on the team. For this game, Roberto Soldado, Fernando Gago and Éver Banega will all return after missing out midweek. Valverde has never tasted defeat against Osasuna as a coach, in his five games against them.
We'll start with the Over/Under market. I can see this one certainly being a low scoring affair. Osasuna don't score many goals, and have kept a clean sheet in their last four La Liga games. Valencia meanwhile have a new coach implementing his style on the team. So, Under 2.5 goals is a good idea at 6/5 with Bodog. Otherwise go on the Under 3 at 1/3 with Bet365.
Next to the Half-Time/Full-Time. Valencia have been losing at both HT and FT in 5 of their last 6 away games in La Liga. Their away form has been extremely poor for too long, and they'll be hoping a change is coming soon. However, Osasuna/Osasuna is 4/1 with Stan James if you can see the misery continuing. I find it hard to separate them though, and Draw/Draw is safe at 4/1 with various companies including Ladbrokes.
Finally we touch First Goalscorer. Soldado hasn't scored away from Mestalla this season, but it's difficult not to back him as he's Valencia's main outlet in attack. The striker is 5/1 with Betfred and Paddy Power here. Otherwise look to Sofaine Feghouli, at 11/1 with BetVictor. For Osasuna the options are few, but there are still some. Kike Sola for instance, at 17/2 with BetVictor and Lamah at 12/1 with Ladbrokes.
The game kicks off at 21:00 GMT and will be shown live on Sky Sports 4 HD