Osasuna vs Real Madrid Match Preview & Prediction

Osasuna vs Mallorca Match Preview & Prediction

Osasuna vs Real Madrid predictions, H2H and match preview for this Sunday’s game in La Liga. Read on for analysis and predicted line-ups as Los Blancos travel to El Sadar.

Osasuna vs Real Madrid predictions

Osasuna vs Real Madrid Preview

This blockbuster Sunday of action in La Liga continues with Osasuna playing host to Real Madrid at El Sadar. Los Blancos always get a really hostile welcome at this place and this will be a real test for Zinedine Zidane’s side as they aim to take another step towards winning La Liga this term.

Osasuna have already matched a club record for unbeaten home league games this season. However since they reached that mark, they have struggled just a touch to maintain the standards they’d previously set. It’s just one win in 7 league games for the Pamplona side heading into this one. That did come in their most recent home game though, as they saw off Levante 2-0.

It’s perhaps testament to just how seriously Real Madrid are taking this game, that Zidane decided to rest a host of key players on Thursday night in the Copa del Rey. The likes of Casemiro and Thibaut Courtois dropped out and Los Blancos were really made to pay as Real Sociedad scored four times in a dramatic victory at the Bernabeu.

That does at least give Los Blancos a couple of free midweeks now which may be useful as they look to see off the challenge of Barcelona in La Liga and make another strong challenge in the Champions League. They will name a much stronger XI here with the likes of Ferland Mendy, Casemiro and Dani Carvajal back which should make them much tougher to break down.

Aridane Hernandez is banned for Osasuna who are still to some extent reeling from the season-ending injury to Chimy Avila. They will need January signing Enric Gallego to step up and try to at least replicate some of the things that Avila brought to the team.

Osasuna vs Real Madrid Predictions

Score Prediction: 1-1 Draw

Osasuna are a difficult side to play against on their own ground and it’ll be interesting to see if they are as bold as normal in terms of how their full-backs bomb forward against the league leaders. Certainly they will fancy they can have some joy in those areas in this game. A few doubts might have crept into the Real Madrid dressing room after their showing in midweek but it will be a much more solid XI that takes to the field here. 

If they are clinical in the final third, it’s a game they could win but their forward players have all been short on goals in recent weeks and that suggests they may have to settle for a point here.

Osasuna vs Real Madrid Tips (18+)

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Osasuna vs Real Madrid H2H

  • Last 6 Competitive Meetings: 6 Real Madrid Wins.
  • Los Blancos were 2-0 winners when the sides met earlier this term at the Bernabeu.
  • Osasuna’s last victory in this fixture came at El Sadar in January 2011.
  • There have been 5 red cards in the last 5 meetings in Pamplona.

Predicted Line Ups

Osasuna Team:

Herrera – Estupinan, David Garcia, Unai Garcia, Vidal – Brasanac, Moncayola – Ibanez, Ruben Garcia, Torres – Gallego (4-2-3-1)

Real Madrid Team:

Courtois – Mendy, Ramos, Varane, Carvajal – Modric, Casemiro, Kroos – Vinicius, Benzema, Vazquez (4-3-3)

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Mark is a freelance writer based in Madrid. He has been writing about Spanish football since 2014 and regularly attends and covers matches across Spain. His work has also been published by various newspapers and websites including These Football Times, World Soccer and Guardian Sport. Available for freelance work: marksochon (at) hotmail.co.uk

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