Osasuna visits Mestalla without euphoria and Betis goes to San Mamés with enthusiasm


Matchday 3 of LaLiga EA Sports will continue in the Sunday shootout with the match between Valencia CF and CA Osasuna (7:30 p.m.) and with the duel between Athletic Club and Real Betis (9:30 p.m.), with the visiting teams in contrasting dynamics to measure themselves against rivals who have also had an uneven start to the season.

At the Mestalla Stadium, the Valencian squad will try to achieve their third victory in as many league games, confirming their good start and scaring away the ghosts that had plagued their coach during the preseason, a Rubén Baraja who has underlined on several occasions the fragility of the staff he is in charge of.

The recent signing of Sergi Canós has calmed the spirits of the demanding ‘che’ fans, but the talented right-handed winger is not the same one who came out of the FC Barcelona youth academy a decade ago, who made his first steps at Liverpool FC and later he excelled at Norwich City and especially at Brentford FC.

After a brief loan to Olympiacos, Canós has reinforced Baraja’s plans, which will be seen this Sunday receiving Osasuna with reduced momentum. Jagoba Arrasate’s pupils have chained two defeats, the most recent against Bruges (1-2) in the first leg of the playoff for access to the Conference League. In addition, ‘Chimy’ Ávila will serve a league sanction.

On the other hand, the San Mamés Stadium will receive a Betis that has started the season with enthusiasm. Their ‘extremis’ victory (1-2) over Villarreal CF, on matchday 1, gave way to a goalless draw against Atlético de Madrid on matchday 2; However, the Verdiblancos left good feelings against an opponent with a greater cachet, but who suffered a lot during the first half in the Betic fiefdom.

Now Betis will face other rojiblancos players, specifically those of an Athletic who showed a good face despite the defeat against Real Madrid (0-2) on the opening day of the championship in Bilbao, and who later won at El Sadar ( 0-2) with an outstanding performance by the Williams brothers.


Villarreal – FC Barcelona. Hernández Hernández (C. Las Palmas) 17.30.

Valencia – Osasuna. Polished Santana (C. Las Palmas) 19.30.

Athletic Club – Betis. Soto Grado (C. Riojano) 21.30.