Real Madrid are looking to get their La Liga title defence back on track, as they welcome Osasuna to the Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano on Saturday night. Perhaps with their focus distracted by the Champions League, Los Blancos have drawn two of their last three domestic games, and need to correct that as soon as possible.
Where and when: Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano – 1 May, kick-off 20:00
Where you can see Real Madrid vs. Osasuna: Premier Sports, Bet365 live streaming
Last time: Neither side could make the breakthrough when they met at El Sadar in January, with the game finishing as a goalless draw.
Real Madrid v Osasuna Predictions and Preview
After getting themselves back into a wonderful position following a poor start to the season, Real Madrid have taken their eye off the ball somewhat in La Liga. This game comes hot on the heels of Tuesday’s Champions League semi-final first-leg clash with Chelsea, with Osasuna hoping to take advantage.
Madrid have followed up what appeared to be a massive victory over Barcelona in El Clasico a few weeks ago by dropping four points in their next three La Liga fixtures. Two goalless stalemates against Getafe and Real Betis have let an out-of-sorts Atletico Madrid off the hook, and given Barca the chance to take advantage too.
Even so, Los Blancos reman unbeaten in their last 13 league matches, winning nine. Zinedine Zidane still has a great opportunity to deliver an improbable La Liga and Champions League double this season, and the home team are the 2/5 favourites with William Hill in these Real Madrid v Osasuna predictions.
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Real Madrid to win and BTTS
Real Madrid to win 4-1
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Madrid may be missing captain Sergio Ramos through injury, as well as Federico Valverde, Ferland Mendy and Lucas Vazquez, but they did at least welcome Eden Hazard back into the fold last weekend after more than a month out. If he can live up to expectations in the coming weeks, it could tip the title race in Madrid’s favour.
Osasuna are set to be without Inigo Perez and Ruben Martinez, as they go in search of their first victory over Madrid in more than a decade. This may not be at the Bernabeu, but Los Rojillos haven’t beaten Real away from home since 2004. Madrid have won 10 of the last 13 meetings between the sides, drawing the other three, including that stalemate earlier this season.
Another draw here is 4/1, while you can back the visitors at 8/1. Osasuna have been having a decent enough campaign, coming into this game 11th in the table. They won three in a row before last weekend’s 2-1 loss to Celta Vigo, but getting back to winning ways this weekend appears highly unlikely.
One to watch for Real Madrid: Vinicius Junior has been in good form of late, although he hasn’t scored since netting a brace against Liverpool in the Champions League in early April. The Brazilian winger broke the deadlock in last season’s corresponding fixture, and is 6/1 to repeat the trick this weekend.
One to watch for Osasuna: Croatian forward Ante Budimir is Osasuna’s top scorer this season with seven La Liga goals, contributing one more in the Copa del Rey. He’s available at 4/1 in the anytime scorer market, if you fancy the visitors to have their say in these Real Madrid v Osasuna tips.
Long shot: Madrid have scored 37 goals in their 10 most recent victories over Osasuna, an average of 3.7 per game. Los Blancos have conceded eight at the other end, and are 21/1 to win this game 4-1. If you add Real’s top marksman, Karim Benzema, as the first scorer, those odds rise to 75/1.