Saturday 11 Feb

Osasuna vs Real Madrid Match Preview

11 Feb 2017 Stuart S. SPAIN: LaLiga
SPAIN: LaLiga

CA Osasuna

  • D
  • D
  • L
  • D
  • L

vs

Kick-off
19:45 GMT
11 February 2017

Real Madrid

  • L
  • L
  • W
  • D
  • W

Kick-off
19:45 GMT 11 February 2017

The Osasuna vs Real Madrid match will be played on Saturday, February 11th, 2017 at El Sadar in Pamplona. This is matchday 22 in the 2016/17 La Liga season. Osasuna is 20th with 10 points while Real Madrid is 1st with 46 points.

STATS

  • Osasuna has won 1 of their last 10 matches in all competitions (D4, L5)
  • Real Madrid has won 26 of their last 31 matches in La Liga.
  • Osasuna has not won any of their 11 La Liga home games this season (D4, L7)
  • Real Madrid’s last 10 La Liga fixtures all featured +2.5 goals.
  • Osasuna has conceded at least 2 goals in 8 of their 11 La Liga home games this season.

HEAD TO HEAD

The two sides have met already this season. Osasuna visited the Bernabeu in September and was beaten 5-2 by Real Madrid.

Of the past 5 meetings in Pamplona, Real Madrid and Osasuna has won once each with 3 draws.

Head to head matches: CA Osasuna - Real Madrid

10.09.2016 LaLi Real Madrid CA Osasuna 5:2

OSASUNA NEWS

Promoted last year from the Segunda Division, Osasuna is doomed to be relegated at the first time of asking. Currently, they sit 9 points from safety and haven’t won any of their last 13 La Liga fixtures.

Welcoming the leaders to El Sadar is daunting at any time but the Basque club is missing 5 players through injury of suspension. Roberto Torres 5th yellow card of the season in San Sebastian means he misses this match, joining the injured quartet of Javier Flaño, Miguel Flaño, Didier Digard, and Nauzet on the sidelines.

Miracles happen but with only 10 goals from the expected starting line-up, Osasuna needs to be praying to the footballing gods. Much will depend on the flanks, particularly with the versatile Alex Berenguer. He enjoyed good individual performances against Malaga and Real Sociedad and will be pivotal in sparking the home side into attack.

Latest matches: CA Osasuna

05.02.2017 LaLi Real Sociedad CA Osasuna 3:2 L
27.01.2017 LaLi CA Osasuna Malaga CF 1:1 D
22.01.2017 LaLi CA Osasuna Sevilla FC 3:4 L
15.01.2017 LaLi Granada CF CA Osasuna 1:1 D
12.01.2017 Copa SD Eibar CA Osasuna 0:0 D

REAL MADRID NEWS

Top of La Liga with two games in hand, Real Madrid has a safety cushion over Barcelona and Sevilla but don’t expect any let-up from the title favourites. With only Gareth Bale injured and Toni Kroos suspended, Zinedine Zidane has a strong squad to choose from.

It’s not all roses in the garden, though. Keylor Navas is sure he will be sold at the end of this season with speculation that David De Gea or Thibault Courtois will move to the Spanish capital.

Real’s weakness is the depth of cover in the backline and Marcelo is proving once more to be Roberto Carlos reincarnate. Danilo though is less popular. Every side has a scapegoat and he is Madrid’s.

Ending last year strongly, they have continued into 2016/17, barely skipping a beat. The heart-fluttering draws against Eibar, Las Palmas and Villarreal are a thing of the past with only the 1-1 draw in the Clasico the only dropped points before their unbeaten record was lost in Seville.

Those two matches are the only times they have dropped points since October 15th, 2016; 31 of 36 points is title-winning form, which they should continue this weekend.

Latest matches: Real Madrid

29.01.2017 LaLi Real Madrid Real Sociedad 3:0 W
25.01.2017 Copa Celta de Vigo Real Madrid 2:2 D
21.01.2017 LaLi Real Madrid Malaga CF 2:1 W
18.01.2017 Copa Real Madrid Celta de Vigo 1:2 L
15.01.2017 LaLi Sevilla FC Real Madrid 2:1 L

SUMMING UP!

No matter how hard you try, the only reason that Osasuna will win this match is if Real Madrid is complacent. It’s little wonder that Los Meringues are odds-on favourites with bookmakers.

They have a better defensive record than Osasuna, has scored more goals and possesses a squad which most of us could name without hesitation. Osasuna on the other hand, are almost anonymous.

And that’s their biggest weapon for this fixture. No expectations, no pressure; they are the underdog's everyone expects will lose.


Football has a habit of letting the unexpected happen on these occasions so Zidane’s work is to ensure that his players don’t think that they just have to turn up to win.

About the author - Stuart S.

An English freelance sports writer, Stuart has written the Arsenal blog A Cultured Left Foot since 2006, as well as numerous betting previews and articles.

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