Preview: Osasuna vs. Real Madrid

Preview: Osasuna vs. Real Madrid

Real Madrid will look to take another step closer to the La Liga title on Wednesday, when they take on Osasuna at the Estadio El Sadar.

Los Blancos staged an eye-catching turnaround to defeat Sevilla at the weekend, leaving them needing 10 points from their last six games to secure the trophy.

After a sequence of commendable mid-table finishes, Osasuna have again enjoyed an impressive season in La Liga, putting themselves in the top half heading into the final run of games.

That has largely been down to a recent upturn in form for Jagoba Arrasate’s men, who have now won four of their last six matches.

After victories over Villarreal and Levante were followed by heavy defeats to Barcelona and Real Betis respectively, Los Rojillos have posted back-to-back wins heading into Wednesday, firstly beating strugglers Alaves 1-0 at home thanks to Ante Budimir’s 92nd-minute goal.

Arrasate’s side then travelled to Valencia last time out, and they held out for a 2-1 win after Ezequiel Avila and Budimir had initially put them two goals ahead.

Having now leapfrogged Valencia and climbed to ninth spot with that latest victory, Los Rojillos will aim to extend their five-point lead over 11th place to further boost their claim for another top-half finish in the Spanish top flight.

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Apr 20, 2022 at 8.30pm UKOsasunavs.Real Madrid

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Preview: Osasuna vs. Real Madrid – prediction, team news, lineups
By Sam Varley, Reporter | 1d
Real Madrid will look to take another step closer to the La Liga title on Wednesday, when they take on Osasuna at the Estadio El Sadar.

Los Blancos staged an eye-catching turnaround to defeat Sevilla at the weekend, leaving them needing 10 points from their last six games to secure the trophy.

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Preview: Osasuna vs. Real Madrid – prediction, team news, lineups

After a sequence of commendable mid-table finishes, Osasuna have again enjoyed an impressive season in La Liga, putting themselves in the top half heading into the final run of games.

That has largely been down to a recent upturn in form for Jagoba Arrasate’s men, who have now won four of their last six matches.

After victories over Villarreal and Levante were followed by heavy defeats to Barcelona and Real Betis respectively, Los Rojillos have posted back-to-back wins heading into Wednesday, firstly beating strugglers Alaves 1-0 at home thanks to Ante Budimir’s 92nd-minute goal.

Arrasate’s side then travelled to Valencia last time out, and they held out for a 2-1 win after Ezequiel Avila and Budimir had initially put them two goals ahead.

Having now leapfrogged Valencia and climbed to ninth spot with that latest victory, Los Rojillos will aim to extend their five-point lead over 11th place to further boost their claim for another top-half finish in the Spanish top flight.

Preview: Osasuna vs. Real Madrid – prediction, team news, lineups
They face a particularly difficult test, though, as Real Madrid make the trip aiming to move closer to bringing the league title back to the Santiago Bernabeu.

In what has been a tough league campaign for several of Spain’s strongest sides, Los Blancos have taken advantage and led the division throughout the season under the management of Carlo Ancelotti, amassing 75 points from their 32 games thus far, 15 more than second-placed Barcelona who have two games in hand.

The capital outfit were comfortably beaten by Barca in the latest edition of El Clasico in March, suffering a 4-0 thrashing on home turf, but they went on to bounce back with consecutive league wins and a 3-1 away victory over Chelsea in the Champions League quarter-final first leg.

Ancelotti’s side then welcomed the London outfit to Spain for the second leg last week, and, despite the Blues looking set to go through as they took a 3-0 lead on the night, Los Blancos forced their way back, as Rodrygo scored to take the tie to extra time and Karim Benzema hit the winner in the first 15-minute period.

Upon their return to domestic action on Sunday, Real Madrid trailed third-placed Sevilla 2-0 at the break, but Rodrygo and Nacho got on the scoresheet to level the game with 10 minutes to go before Benzema again hit the decisive goal, popping up in the 92nd minute.

That leaves Los Blancos with a healthy lead at the top of the division, and, before their Champions League semi-final tie with Manchester City, they will aim to chip away at the tally of 10 more points that they need to secure a 35th Spanish league title.

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We say: Osasuna 1-3 Real Madrid
Given the impressive form of the hosts, we certainly do not see this being an easy victory for Los Blancos, but we do ultimately expect them to get over the line.

Ancelotti’s men will be full of confidence following their Champions League progression and Sunday’s turnaround, and, with the chance to move within seven points of the title, we back them to take all three points in a hard-fought win.

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