The Osasuna vs Real Madrid La Liga match will be played this Saturday, December 14, 2013 (7:00 AM Pacific) at the El Sadar stadium. Osasuna is currently positioned in the 16th place on the Primera table with 13 points, and Real Madrid is 3rd with three points behind the joint leaders Barcelona and Atletico Madrid. The Royal club is in great form at the moment, they have achieved five wins in a row in La Liga. On the other hand, Osasuna lost four of their last six games in Primera Division. Therefore, Ancelloti’s squad are the clear favorites in this match.
Real Madrid will try to extend their winning streak, and it seems that Osasuna is the right opponent for that. They are struggling, even on their home ground, scoring only 6 goals and winning just 7 points from 7 matches played on El Sadar. On the other hand, Real Madrid was brutal at their last away game in La Liga, crushing Almeria 0-5.
To make matters worse for Osasuna, their key midfielder Francisco Punal is suspended due to his direct red card in the match against Valencia. Miguel Angel and Sisi won’t play this match either, due to their injuries.
Real Madrid have three long term injured players – Khedira, Coentrao and Varane. Dani Carvajal should return to his starting spot and replace Alvaro Arbeloa.
Osasuna will surely play defensively this game, trying to resist the powerful Real Madrid as long as possible. In the attack, they will probably rely on the lonesome attacker Riera, who will have a difficult task battling Real Madrid’s defenders.
After Khedira’s injury, it seems that the 4-2-3-1 system is becoming standard for Real Madrid, and they look very comfortable with it. Benzema is the striker in that formation, and behind him lays the heavy artillery of Real Madrid, Bale-Isco-Ronaldo trio, which is a real menace for their opponents.
Osasuna vs Real Madrid Prediction
Considering recent form and eligible players in both squads, clearly Real Madrid are strong favorites in this match. Everything except very clear and comfortable victory on their trip to El Sadar would be a world class surprise, so my prediction is that Real will win this game 0-3.
Osasuna vs Real Madrid Television
The Osasuna vs Real Madrid match will be televised on beIN Sport USA this Saturday, December 14, 2013 at 7:00 AM Pacific.
Osasuna vs Real Madrid Highlights
Match highlights will be uploaded soon after the match ends.