Real Madrid vs. Osasuna Tips, Preview and Predictions

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Real Madrid host Osasuna looking to maintain their good start to the season under the returning Carlo Ancelotti, while the visitors have also made a decent go of the early weeks of the 2021-22 campaign and have nothing to lose in the capital.

Where and when: Estadio Santiago Bernabeu – 27 October, kick-off 20:30

Where you can see Real Madrid vs. Osasuna: La Liga TV, online streaming

Last time: These sides met in Madrid in May 2021 and Los Blancos recorded a 2-0 win with goals from Eder Militao and Casemiro. Osasuna haven’t beaten Madrid since a 1-0 win in November 2011, almost a decade ago.

Real Madrid v Osasuna Predictions and Preview

Ancelotti has barely missed a step since swapping Goodison Park for Santiago Bernabeu, although the weekend’s Clasico has the potential to greatly change the narrative around the Italian, given Madrid as a club – and the Madrid-supporting part of the city – live and die by results against Barcelona.

Osasuna meanwhile have ensconced themselves in the top half of the table in the early weeks of the season and would be more than happy with their position if the season was ending tomorrow. Three straight wins prior to the weekend’s visit of Granada have boosted morale in Pamplona, particularly the late victory over Villarreal. Jagoba Arrasate would relish the scalp of Madrid at the Bernabeu, even though his side go there as distinct underdogs.

Perhaps Osasuna’s best hope is that the packed schedule takes a toll on Los Blancos, with the Champions League demanding and, as always, crucial to the self-image of Florentino Perez’s club. The visitors are outsiders at 7/1 to win but there will be bigger shocks in La Liga this season than this. Madrid though have to be considered favourites – and are 4/9 to win – but stranger things have happened. The draw is 17/4.

One to watch for Real Madrid: Vinicius Junior is well-placed to become a Madrid star of the future, if he can find some consistency and prove himself as a crucial player on a regular basis. Madrid can’t rely on Karim Benzema’s goals forever, so someone needs to step up long-term.

One to watch for Osasuna: Even with their good start to the season, Osasuna lack a regular goalscorer – prior to the weekend, no one has scored more than twice. Kike, at 31, may not be a long-term option but in the short-term, he’s as likely as anyone to do the damage.

Long shot: It’s been 10 long years since Osasuna beat Madrid – longer since they did so in Madrid, back in 2004 – so an away win could definitely be considered a long shot. Osasuna to win and both teams to score pushes the price to 12/1 and that is interesting.

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