Osasuna – Sporting Gijon: Osasuna look to continue solid home record against Sporting

Reyno de Navarra, Pamplona

Osasuna will be looking to maintain their excellent home record against Sporting Gijon – having won four of their last five meetings – and continue their promising start to the season after an impressive away draw to Atletico Madrid on the opening weekend.

Los Rojillos midfielder Javad Nekounam was injured playing for Iran against Qatar during the mid-week international in Doha, and is unlikely to feature. Raul Garcia, currently on loan from Atletico Madrid, could be in line to take his place.

Goalkeeper Asier Riesgo is also a doubt after spraining his left knee and veteran keeper Ricardo is ready to return to action.

The Asturians will be hoping to put a frustrating 1-2 home defeat to Real Sociedad behind them but their failure to score at the Reyno de Navarra for the last two seasons, and the poor return of their strikers – just 11 in the league last season – does not bode well.

Coach Manuel Preciado still has limited options up front, with Argentine youngster Oscar Trejo the only addition to his strike force this summer, and it is likely he will persevere with the experience of Captain David Barral in the lone striker role.

Sporting’s last away win was the memorable victory against Real Madrid in April that ended Jose Mourinho’s 150-match unbeaten home record.

Osasuna (4-1-3-2): Ricardo; Raitalan, Sergio, Roversio, Bertran; Punal; Timor, Alvaro Cejudo, Raul Garcia; Kike Sola, Nino

Sporting (4-2-3-1): Juan Pablo; Lora, Botia, Ivan Hernandez, Canella; Eguren, Sergio Alvarez; Nacho Novo, Andre Castro, De Las Cuevas; Barral

League form: Osasuna last five home L-L-W-W-W
Sporting last five away W-L-D-L-L

Did you know…Only Barcelona (21) and Real Madrid (33) conceded less goals than Sporting (42) last season and only Deportivo (31) scored less than Sporting (35).

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