Real Madrid visit an Osasuna squad seeking a first La Liga victory since October 24. The alarm bells are ringing for Los Rojillos, who, may only be two points away from safety, but look incapable of putting a positive run together. Elsewhere, the champions looks set to tussle it out with bitter neighbours Atletico Madrid for the title.
Where and when: Estadio El Sadar, Pamplona – 9 January, kick-off 20:00
Where you can see Osasuna vs. Real Madrid: LaLigaTV
Last time: Los Blancos thumped Osasuna 4-1 in February courtesy of efforts from Isco, Sergio Ramos, Lucas Vazquez and Luka Jovic.
Osasuna v Real Madrid Predictions and Preview
Osasuna finished in a mightily impressive 10th place last term, and only narrowly missed out on a Europa League berth. Los Rojillos memorably beat Barcelona 2-1 on the penultimate day and held their own against all of the recognised sides who battle it out for the biggest honours, both domestically and on the continent and Jagoba Arrasate is understandably puzzled.
The tactician will rue the absence of Chimy Avila. The South American has not played a single minute of the 2020-21 campaign after suffering a second cruciate knee ligament injury in September.
Avila contributed nine goals and two assists from just 20 appearances following his move to the Pamplona outfit 17 months ago. The one-time Blaugrana target is unlikely to return to training until March at the very earliest and it will be up to Roberto Torres, Ante Budimir and Jonathan Calleri to ensure Los Rojillos pull away from the drop zone.
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Calleri was handed an opportunity in the encounter with Real Sociedad and got the opener on the night. The well-travelled forward is 12/1 to repeat his exploits and Osasuna are 13/2 to stun the champions and a draw is 7/2.
Zinedine Zidane will be pleased with his troops after a wobbly November. The World Cup winner was under immense pressure but any doubts over his immediate future have been quelled.
Karim Benzema will lead the line for Real and has struck on 12 occasions. The vice-captain is 11/4 to break the deadlock and has is likely to be flanked by Lucas Vazquez and Marco Asensio.
The Madrid number 17 has been in inspired form and is set to be rewarded with a new and improved contract. Vazquez is 11/4 to net anytime, while his compatriot is available at 7/4. Sergio Ramos is 12/5 in the same market and Los Blancos are 9/20 to record a seventh success from the last eight.
One to watch for Osasuna: Budimir hit double figures for relegated Mallorca last season and deservedly remained in Spain’s top flight. The big Croatian is 11/2 to notch last.
One to watch for Real Madrid: Eden Hazard returned from his latest spell out in the triumph over Celta Vigo. The former Chelsea fan favourite will appear after the break and is 5/1 to bag last.
Long shot: Osasuna are without a clean sheet since Matchday 7 and only Real Betis have lost more fixtures. In the opposing camp, Real have registered at least once in each of their 12 domestic ties and historically begin to hit top form at the turn of the year. A 4-0 outcome in favour of the league holders is 19/1.