Ace Football previews the LaLiga match between Osasuna and Real Madrid, and offers betting tips, odds, line-ups, and team news.
Real Madrid hope to make it back-to-back wins in 2021 in Saturday night’s visit to the struggling Osasuna in LaLiga.
Due to snow expected to arrive in Pamplona, there are doubts on whether this match will go ahead. The Real Madrid squad arrived safely on Friday night after a snowstorm caused a four-hour delay to their flight. But they must wait until later on Saturday to know whether match officials will allow the game to be played or not.
The visitors currently have a two-point gap to close down to LaLiga leaders Atletico Madrid. Add the fact their city rivals have two games in hand, they’ll be determined to grab all three points regardless of the weather conditions. Osasuna, on the other hand, sit second-bottom in the league standings in 19th-place.
The last time these two sides met, of course, ended in a 4-1 win for Real Madrid last February. It extended the club’s excellent record over Osasuna to seven consecutive wins in all competitions. They haven’t lost to the Navarre-based club since January 2011.
Osasuna Form & Stats
Jagoba Arrasate’s side have suffered a poor start to this season, having won only three of their 16 games (D5 L8). It’s left them 19th in the standings on 14 points from 16 games. That said, there has been a minor improvement in results recently.
Osasuna ended a four-match losing streak just before the winter break by holding Elche to a 2-2 draw. They’ve since collected successive 1-1 draws against Alaves and Real Sociedad to leave them just two points behind 17th-placed Valencia and safety. Therefore, they’ll face Real Madrid with all guns blazing on Saturday.
But while the Rojillos defeated third-tier side Olot 3-0 in a midweek Copa del Rey second-round tie, they haven’t won in LaLiga since October 24 – a run of 10 matches (D4 L6) without a single victory.
Key Team Stats
- Drawn their last 3 league games.
- Winless in their last 10 league games (D4 L6).
- BTTS in 4 of their last 5 home league games.
- Haven’t beaten Real Madrid since January 2011.
Real Madrid Form & Stats
Despite being in close contact with somebody who tested positive for COVID-19, Zinedine Zidane is set to be in the dugout. The Real Madrid manager has reportedly returned a second negative PCR test result, meaning he’s been given the all-clear.
The Whites, of course, have been resounding form recently. They have won seven of their last eight games in all competitions and recovered from a 1-1 draw at Elche recently to return to winning ways by beating Celta Vigo 2-0 last time out. Lucas Vazquez and Marco Asensio were both on the scoresheet.
The task at hand, on paper at least, is quite simple. Real Madrid must continue winning and hope table-toppers Atletico, who sit two points above with as many games in hand, drop more points.
Due to the weather conditions in Spain, however, Diego Simeone’s side won’t play this weekend. Therefore, Real Madrid can snatch top spot in LaLiga on Saturday temporarily at least. And considering their excellent form and record against Osasuna, one may expect that to be the case in Pamplona.
Key Team Stats
- Won 7 of their last 8 games in all competitions (D1).
- A league-best of 5 wins in 9 league games this season (D3 L1).
- BTTS in 6 of their 9 away league games.
- Scored the first goal in 8 of their 9 away league games.
- Won their last 7 games against Osasuna in all competitions.
- Won by at least a two-goal margin in 5 of their last 6 league games.
Out: Chimy Avila, Ruben Martinez.
Doubts: Darko Brasanac, Lucas Torro, Adrian Lopez.
Out: Rodrygo Goes, Luka Jovic, Dani Carvajal.
(Note: The image will change to the official XI once they’re both announced)
Top Goalscorers in LaLiga
Below are some head-to-head stats on each team’s recent form in LaLiga.