Osasuna v Real Madrid Preview

December 13, 2013 | By

Sky Bet - £30 Free Bets for New Customers Registering an AccountPrimera La Liga action Saturday Afternoon comes from the Estadio El Sadar featuring Osasuna versus Real Madrid.

View our Betting Preview, Tips, Predictions and Match Odds for the game that can be seen exclusively Live on Sky Sports 4 High Definition, with a scheduled 15:00pm (GMT) Kick Off Time.

Osasuna v Real Madrid Preview, Primera La Liga, Saturday, 14th December 2013

Osasuna are having a tough time of it this season and have only managed to secure just 4 wins from their opening 15 matches played and currently occupy 16th position in the Primera La Liga table and only one point away from being dragged into the relegation places.

A victory is vital for Javi Gracia’s side if they are to avoid dropping into that bottom three over this weekend, but it doesn’t seem likely as the hosts have only won 2 of their 7 games at home this season and now up against the mighty Real Madrid all Osasuna fans will hoping for an early Christmas miracle.

Real Madrid are now just 3pts behind both Barcelona and Atletico Madrid at the top of the Primera La Liga and will know the importance of securing the maximum points from this game on saturday afternoon and with their inspirational striker Cristiano Ronaldo now back in action having returned to the side for the midweek victory over Copenhagen, Real Madrid fans will be confident that their side can continue to keep up the pressure on the two clubs above them.

Osasuna v Real Madrid Team News

Osasuna Team News:

Sisi remains unavailable for the hosts as he continues to recover from a Cruciate Ligament Rupture and Skipper Patxi Punal is suspended having been sent off in the 3-0 defeat against Valencia last weekend.  4-2-3-1 will be the formation that manager Javi Gracia will use for this game which will see Oriol Riera leading the attack up front with support from midfield coming from Armenteros, De las Cuevas, and Cejudo.

Striker Oriol Riera is the clubs leading top goalscorer this season with 5.

Real Madrid Team News:

Sami Khedira is still out recovering from a Cruciate Ligament Rupture but he is the only player missing from the squad. Manager Carlo Ancelotti will probably go with his usual 4-3-1 formation for this game which will see Benzema leading the attack up front with support in behind being provided by Gareth Bale, Isco and Cristiano Ronaldo.

Cristiano Ronaldo is the clubs current top goalscorer so far this season with an impressive 17 league goals.

Osasuna v Real Madrid Head to Head Statistics

Saturday afternoon’s game from the Estadio El Sadar will become the 29th meeting between the two clubs over the years of which Osasuna have won 5 times, Real Madrid have won 17 times and there has been 6 draws.

The previous 5 meetings between the two clubs as shown in our head to head statistics table below show Real Madrid with a clear advantage having won 3 times with Osasuna having managed just the 1 victory and the remaining game ended in a draw.

01/06/13 PRD Real Madrid – Osasuna 4 : 2
12/01/13 PRD Osasuna – Real Madrid 0 : 0
31/03/12 PRD Osasuna – Real Madrid 1 : 5
06/11/11 PRD Real Madrid – Osasuna 7 : 1
30/01/11 PRD Osasuna – Real Madrid 1 : 0

Previous Average Goals Per Game Statistics

83 goals have been scored in the previous 29 meetings between the two clubs which provides us with an average goals per game statistic of 2.86 which indicates that we are likely to see at least a few goals scored in this game on saturday afternoon.

Osasuna v Real Madrid Recent Form (Left to Right)

Osasuna: L L W L D

Real Madrid: W W W W W

Real Madrid dominate the recent form statistics having won all 5 of their previous matches played. Osasuna have only manged 1 win from their last 5 games played of which they have lost 3 and drawn 1.

Osasuna v Real Madrid Match Betting Odds Market.

Osasuna are not in the best of form at the moment and having only managed just two victories at the Estadio El Sadar this season it should not come as much of a shock to see the online bookmakers offering up a huge best price of 12/1 with Stan James (£10 Free Bets for New Customers) for Javi Gracia’s side to pull off what would be a massive shock in this game.

The Draw also doesn’t seem an unlikely outcome despite this fixture last season having finished all square at 0-0 and the current best price of 11/2 with BetVictor (£25 Free Bets for New Customers) is doubtful to attract much interest if at all in this one.

Real Madrid are on fire at the moment and with the return of Cristiano Ronaldo to the squad after his recent absence due to injury and Gareth Bale scoring the goals Real Madrid paid him to do, this game for me should be a complete landslide victory and I actually think the online bookmakers are being a bit generous with their odds of 1/4 with Betfred (£25 Free Bets for New Customers) as I would of expected this to be much lower.

Osasuna v Real Madrid Match Predictions, Tips & First Goal Scorer Bets.

This is a very simple game to call a clear winner from in my opinion as with Osasuna having a really tough time of it this season and being without their Captain for this game I am expecting Real Madrid to wrack up a lot of goals in this one, similar to their 1-5 demolotion of Osasuna like they did two season’s ago.

Cristiano Ronaldo returned back to the side midweek for the Champions League match against Copenhagen and scored and although he could be rested for this game having had that run out, Real Madrid still have the players in their side to win this game without breaking much of sweat.

Obviously no value to be had taking the straight win on Real Madrid, but the vistors to Win Both Halves, Asian Handicap – 2 and Half Time/Full Time all look decent and with the average goals statistics expecting this game to see at least a few goals scored, Anytime Goalscorer’s like Benzema, Bale, Isco and Ronaldo stand out like a sore thumb.

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