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Osasuna – Getafe 11.05.2013


Osasuna – Getafe 11.05.2013

After a five-game winless run relegation-threatened Osasuna play host to Getafe, who have already secure the La Liga survival.

I believe that the visitors could return home empty-handed due to a lack of motivation.

Just two months ago nobody expected that Osasuna would fight for the La Liga survival, but following a five-match winless run the Basques are now in the dangerous zone, just one point clear of bottom three. At the weekend Osasuna were trashed by Valencia four goals to nil, nonetheless, the more important game for Jose Luis Mendilibarˈs team is this weekendˈs encounter against Getafe, who have already secured Primera Division survival. Osasuna continued their habit of producing much better showings at home ground and this term the team have been impressive at the back (42), just three teams conceded less goals then Osasuna, but they struggle up front (28). The Basques face a must-win situation against Getafe at their El Sadar stadium, the team has a tough schedule in the last three rounds, therefore, everything but a home win would be a major surprise.

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Thank to a seven-game unbeaten run Getafe secured their place in the top flight for yet another term, therefore, the team suffered a dip in form and then lost three games in a row against Valladolid, Espanyol and Malaga. Nevertheless, Geta returned to winning ways at the weekend thanks to a 2:1 victory against Real Sociedad, who are sitting in Champions League places at the moment. Luis Garciaˈs men currently occupy eight position in the standings, but they are unlikely to play in the Europa League next season. Therefore, I believe that Getafe travel to Pamplona with the lack of motivation and that is why I believe the hosts will gain vital three points at their El Sadar stadium. Getafe have not won in Pamplona since 2007 and they are unlikely to put an end to this negative trend at the weekend against very motivated hosts.

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