Real Madrid host Osasuna at the Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano on Saturday in the Spanish capital. Los Blancos are two points off of Atletico Madrid in the title race. Zinedine Zidane’s team benefitted from Barcelona’s 2-1 loss to Granada in midweek. The defeat prevented Barcelona from moving into first place.
Now, Real Madrid head into a must-win league match against Osasuna with five matches left to play. Los Blancos are coming off of a 1-1 Champions League semifinal draw against Chelsea in the first leg. Zidane needs the team to focus on the task at hand against Osasuna and not overlook the Los Rojillos. Osasuna took points off of Real Madrid earlier this season as the reverse fixture ended nil-nil.
Los Rojillos are in good form going into the game. They are unbeaten in five of their last six games in La Liga. Although Osasuna lost 2-1 to Celta Vigo last weekend, they had won three straight matches prior to the defeat. Ten points separate Osasuna from the relegation zone. It is unlikely that Los Rojillos will be relegated. However, manager Jagoba Arrasate will aim to take points off of Real Madrid for a second straight time this season.
Osasuna have not defeated Real Madrid since the 2010-11 season. Real Madrid are unbeaten in 13 straight matches against Osasuna. Due to Los Rojillos playing much of the time over the last 10 years in La Liga 2, the teams have still meet enough for trends to be gleaned for their meetings.
Real Madrid vs Osasuna Betting Odds
Real Madrid took 14 points from the last 18 available in La Liga. They are unbeaten in 17 straight games in all competitions and will fancy their chances of getting a result against Osasuna this weekend. Over the course of their last six games, Real Madrid took 10 points while two were conceded. Los Blancos took 35 points from 48 possible at home this season. Just 10 goals have been allowed at the Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano.
Bookies have Real Madrid at odds of 2/5 to win at full-time against Osasuna. In 2019-20, Real Madrid won both La Liga matches versus Osasuna by a combined scoreline of 6-1. Zidane needs the team to win once more and not sink to another draw as they did earlier this season.
Los Rojillos are at odds of 17/2 to end a 13-match winless streak against Real Madrid. Osasuna took 11 points from the last 18 available in the league. They scored eight times while conceding just four goals to opponents. Osasuna have been good on the road in 2020-21 collecting 17 points from 48 possible. They have struggled to score away goals as just 13 have been scored.
Osasuna pulled off a nil-nil draw earlier this season. The teams are at odds of 4/1 to finish in a stalemate. Just two of the last 13 games between the clubs finished in draws.
Real Madrid vs Osasuna Team News
Zidane may rotate the side with a Champions League semifinal on tap for next Wednesday. It is likely that Zidane will play a strong squad against Osasuna but could sub off key players in the second half. Captain Sergio Ramos is still nursing a calf injury. Ramos is likely to be saved for Real Madrid’s Champions League semifinal second leg against Chelsea. Dani Carvajal is struggling with a hamstring injury. He is unlikely to play this weekend or in the Champions League semifinal second leg.
Midfielder Federico Valverde is recovering from a positive COVID-19 test. He may not be match fit to play against Los Rojillos. Full-back Ferland Mendy could be back soon, but is likely to miss the weekend fixture.
Karim Benzema continues to score goal and is in good form. He scored Real Madrid’s equaliser against Chelsea in midweek. Benzema failed to score on matchday 33 in a nil-nil draw against Real Betis, but did score the weekend prior with two goals and an assist versus Cadiz.
Osasuna manager Jagoba Arrasate has one player struggling with an injury. Goalkeeper Ruben Martinez is healing a broken finger and may not be fit to play in the fixture. Osasuna are led in goals by Ante Budimir with seven. Roberto Torres has six goals. Los Rojillos have scored just 31 times in La Liga. They average just 0.94 goals per match.
Real Madrid vs Osasuna Prediction
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Forget the nil-nil result between the two teams earlier this season. Osasuna are playing well and could get on the scoresheet. They have scored in four straight La Liga matches and could keep that streak going. Los Rojillos could take advantage of Real Madrid overlooking them. Real Madrid may have drawn nil-nil last weekend, but should tune up for Chelsea on Wednesday night with goals.
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Benzema has 21 goals in 29 La Liga matches and should start once more in attack for Real Madrid against Osasuna. He has 28 goals in 40 games in all competitions. Benzema has nine goals in Real Madrid’s last eight La Liga fixtures. His brilliant strike against Chelsea in the Champions League gave Real Madrid a share of the spoils.
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Thirteen of Real Madrid’s 32 games in La Liga finished with over 2.5 goals scored. Three of Osasuna’s last four matches in La Liga ended with more than 2.5 goals scored. Los Rojillos are scoring goals currently and could keep that goalscoring form going. Real Madrid have the firepower to get goals, but mustn’t over look Osasuna at home.
The La Liga title race could go down to the final day of the season. Although Barcelona, Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid are the favourites to win the title, don’t count out Sevilla. They are three points back of Atletico Madrid and in the best form of any La Liga team. Real Madrid should claim a win and potentially move into first place ahead of their Champions League semifinal second leg versus Chelsea.
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