Real Sociedad Summary
Real Sociedad is enjoying a positive season and will be keen to get a win against Osasuna on the back of the World Cup break. The host steadied themselves after a brief hiccup in October to go into the pause holding 3rd place in the La Liga, a spot they will need to all three points to regain here.
The morale and stability at the Basque club are extremely high, with Imanol Alguacil celebrating his 200th competitive game in charge of Sociedad with a 5-0 Copa del Rey thrashing of lower league club Coria last week.
Alguacil has not been able to recall any of the long-term injured which includes the important Mikel Oyarzabal, although he is nearing a return to light training.
Turrientes, Barrenetxea, and Sola remain out along with potential season-ending injuries to Carlos Fernández, Umar Sadiq, and Merquelanz.
Aihen Muñoz is a defender which is pushing for a starting place, and he is the only player to regain fitness for Sociedad.
A highly confident 8th placed Osasuna travel to one of their local rivals determined to avoid defeat. Taking out the narrow 2-1 loss at home to leaders Barcelona before the World Cup break, and the result is that Osasuna are unbeaten since the 17th of October.
The game in San Sebastian is the last one of the year for Osasuna, but 2023 will see them face sterner tests ahead, including another local rival Athletic Bilbao who like Sociedad, are just above them in the top six.
Osasuna are determined to keep pace with the European places and so the next couple of matches are vital for them.
They have no new injury concerns or suspensions. There is only one notable absence with important full back Nacho Vidal remains out and so Osasuna are not able to send out their best team.
After 18 years at the club, Roberto Torres parted ways with Osasuna this week and will not be available. He has this season dropped well down the pecking order.
Looking at the 1×2 market first, where the favourite for this game is Real Sociedad to get a win @ 1.92. Osasuna are the outsiders @ 4.25 to engineer an away win. The draw meanwhile is priced @ 3.45.
Moving onto the Asian handicap market for this contest. Real Sociedad -0.5 are the favourites priced @ 1.92 to overcome Osasuna. The visitor travel with a respectable number of supporters and will expect to make the game close. A draw would pay as a full win given their +0.5 start @ 1.94.
Looking at The Under/Over market last of all. This is something of a derby type game between these two clubs. The match is a sell out and Osasuna will have a small but vocal number of supporters in the stadium. It is likely to be a hard fought and tight game, likely to need a goal to open up as both will fear losing. The goal line is set at 2.25, with Over @ 2.01 and Under @ 1.82.