Real Madrid - Osasuna predictions and free betting tips [07/10/2023]
On Saturday 7 October during the 9th round of the Spanish Primera, Real Madrid will host Osasuna. Currently, los blancos are topping La Liga's table having collected 21 points, while the guests rank tenth with accrued points and last week they overcame Alavés with a scoreline of 0:2.
Real Madrid: Kepa; Carvajal, Rudiger, Alaba, Mendy; Valverde, Tchouaméni, Camavinga; Bellingham; Vinicius, Rodrigo.
Osasuna: Herrera; Peña, Catena, D. Garcia, Cruz; Moncayola, Munoz, Oros; Ruben Garcia, Budimir, Arnaiz.
The clash will take place in Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium.
Chastened by a defeat in the recent Madrid derby against Atletico (3:1), Real last Saturday claimed victory over the wonderfully paced Girona (0:3). This triumph allowed Los Blancos to regain their top spot in the league table. On Tuesday evening, the capital team travelled to the current champions of Italy at Stadio Diego Maradona in Naples for the second round of the Champions League, and not without difficulty, took away 3 points and simultaneously topped their group thanks to a spectacular goal and assist from Jude Bellingham - 2:3. Earlier the hosts had prevailed in the 1st round of the UCL at the Bernabeu, where they hosted German side Union Berlin (1:0). Bar a fluke against Diego Simeone's gang, Madrid this season have won nine out of ten matches played.
A blunder in this Saturday's match cannot be afforded, as in late October, Carlo Ancelotti's charges will have to play against Sevilla, Braga and Barcelona consecutively. Nacho Fernandez, having made a rough tackle against Porto in the clash with Girona, was sent off and will be suspended for the next three league rounds. Injuries have sidelined Alaba and Militao (ruptured cruciate ligaments), while Thibaut Courtois, the team's main goalkeeper, continues his recovery from a serious injury. Summer recruit Arda Guler is also out, having suffered a recurrence of injury. Joselu, brought in to compensate for Benzema's departure, has been doing a stellar job this season (a goal against Girona, 4 goals and 2 assists in La Liga). Not to forget, in the ranks of the Italian coach, there are two brilliant Brazilians – Vinicius and Rodrigo. It's worth noting the splendid Tchouaméni (3 goals in 27 appearances for France) and indispensable Jude Bellingham (8 goals, 3 assists across all competitions), whose presence in the starting line-up is beyond doubt.
The last season's Copa del Rey finalist (having lost to Real Madrid), this past weekend, after recovering from a poor streak of four matches without a win in La Liga, including three defeats, beat Alavés away 0:2. Despite this victory, Osasuna is still recovering from a crisis-ridden start to the campaign and is not showing any progress. Currently, the team has won three matches, drawn one and lost four out of eight La Liga matches, collecting 10 points, which allows for a mere 10th place in the table. Last season the guests finished seventh in the overall league standings, but in August they were knocked out of the Europa Conference League playoff round by Brugge.
Argentinian forward Chimy Ávila was left out of the squad for the match against Alavés, but he is expected to return to the team for the trip to the Spanish capital. However, Unai Garcia and Moy Gomez are still sidelined through injury, so their involvement in the upcoming game is out of the question. Croatian forward Ante Budimir, in dire need of some self-assuredness, once again struck against Alavés, along with the tricolours' left winger Arnaiz (9 goals, 2 assists in Segunda last season) - they have earned starting places for Saturday. Johann Mojica's involvement remains in doubt due to a minor injury, which forced him to leave the field last round.
Osasuna has not won against Real since January 2011, and in the Copa del Rey final at the end of last season, they lost to the capital team 2:1.
Match prediction for Real Madrid - Osasuna
Osasuna will look to avenge Real after their defeat in last season’s Copa del Rey final, however at this point, the team is clearly lagging behind compared to their spring stint. In their last six outings, the guests have managed just one victory, while the Madrid grandee has won nine out of ten matches played in the current campaign. I don't expect any upset here and predict a Real win with a -1,5 handicap.
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