MD1 - Osasuna vs Sevilla FC [22/23]

Squad:

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Marcao will not play tomorrow night - confirmed. He hasn’t trained with the group today.

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Isco won’t play either - but that’s understandable at this point. Hopefully he’ll pick up the pace and feature next week.

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Osasuna spending a massive 2m this transfermarket, with two of their starters leaving on a free transfer. And then you question how they remain competitive, and if we are allowed to expect a good performance?
I said this before, and will hammer it in again.

In their preseason:
They had some small margin wins against 2nd division teams, Huesca, Mirandés and Burgos, went on trainings camp in the Netherlands, with a 2-1 loss against Groningen and a 2-1 win over Feyenoord.

Hyped for it all to start again and we better do it on the right foot. I’ll be tuning in tomorrow, Vamoss mi Sevillaa :clap:

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Squad here. No Isco or Marcao. Will be interesting to see who the two centre backs are tomorrow night.

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I think he will go Rekik and gudelji. As they played together a bit last season and did ok. They should be alright against osaauna.

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Yes that’s what I was thinking. Just shows the lack of depth we currently have in the centre back positions.

I think Osasuna might be trickier than some think. Despite spending very little they’ve managed three mid-table positions since being promoted from the Segunda.

A 0-0 draw for us at their place in February. Let’s hope for better this time.

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I would almost be willing to bet that Sevilla goes without scoring a goal this game. Hope they’ll prove me wrong.

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0_0 and i will fall asleep midway through the 2nd half.
That is my prediction.

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I’m thinking 0-0 as well. Opening games tend to be cagey and that’s what we’re like anyway under Lope! Hope I’m wrong.

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Cagey + Lope = Alcatraz!

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Hoping for a smash and grab lope style win :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye: Nah, in all seriousness we need to be more offensive and better to watch. However, it’s lope and we missing players so for first game I’d take a scruffy 1-0 win haha.

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Lope: “The team are excited and have butterflies in stomach!”

The lope cliche phrases are back :stuck_out_tongue:

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“Marcão had a problem when he came, and he’s still got it. He’s not got the medical all-clear and once he has it he’ll start training and look for the all-clear to play. I’m not sure when it will be, but I hope it’s sooner rather than later.”

Let’s hope Marcao is available soon. Looks like he’s going to be using Salas and Carmona more. We may see Salas feature tomorrow who knows.

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This ‘Marcao enigma’ is quite weird. If we go by Lope’s statements, it could very well mean that he won’t be ready for at least another month or so - something that is disastrous given the current situation at CB.

It could also mean that Marcao is Guarente vol. 2 (as Tim mentioned), only that we’ve spent 14m Euros for Marcao and only 5.5m for Guarente at the time.

These kind of mistakes only happen in panic purchases, and if I remember correctly, Guarente’s was very similar (we needed a CM urgently back then).

Hoping for the best, so let’s see what happens.

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He expects them to end fifth or something or what? Unreal how he always words his way into a equal projection.

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I just knew he’d say osasuna is a tough place to go and a tough side to play :grinning:

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My prediction is 1-1 tie. Goal from Papu. I would love to have my expectations broken though :slight_smile:

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Yeah but that’s a great signing by them to get Moi Gomez. Also got Ruben Pena for free.

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Recent MD1 results have been high-scoring affairs. Sevilla hasn’t lost their opening match since 2013-2014 against Atletico Madrid. They have won their last four openers.

Previous seasons matchday 1 results

2021-2022 - Sevilla 3 - Rayo 0
2020-2021 - Cadiz 1 - Sevilla 3
2019-2020 - Sevilla 2 - Espanyol 0
2018-2019 - Rayo - 1 - Sevilla 4
2017-2018 - Sevilla 1 - Espanyol 1
2016-2017 - Sevilla 6 - Espanyol 4
2015-2016 - Malaga 0 - Sevilla 0
2014-2015 - Sevilla 1 - Valencia 1
2013-2014 - Sevilla 1 - Atletico Madrid 3

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