Osasuna vs Real Madrid Preview: How to Watch on TV, Live Stream, Kick Off Time & Team News

?Osasuna host Real Madrid in La Liga on Sunday afternoon as Los Blancos look to maintain their lead at the top of the table.

Zinedine Zidane’s men finally had their 21-game unbeaten streak snapped in midweek – losing 4-3 at home to a dynamic Real Sociedad side in the quarter-finals of the Copa del Rey, although Barcelona’s defeat at Athletic Club later on Thursday night softened the blow.

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Nevertheless, Real are still on a four-game winning streak in La Liga and their brilliant form has helped them build a three-point lead over the chasing Catalans at the top.

They’ll be taking on an Osasuna side who have somewhat exceeded expectations in their return to the top flight. Jagoba Arrasate’s side are currently 11th in the table – ten points adrift of the relegation zone – but their inability to turn draws into wins means they’re eight points off the European places and will likely have to settle for a mid-table finish this season.


Where to Watch

This game will be available for fans on La Liga TV since its mid-season launch. 

?When is Kick Off? ?Sunday 9 January
?What Time is Kick Off? ?15:00 (BST)
?Where is it Played? Estadio El Sadar
?TV Channel/Live Stream ?La Liga TV
?Referee Jesus Gil Manzano

Team News

Osasuna will be without centre-back Aridane Hernandez due to suspension while Toni Lator, Oier and Ruben Martinez are all out injured.

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Sunday’s hosts will, of course, be without star man Chimy Avila after the long-term knee injury he sustained against Levante two weeks ago.

Zidane has no fresh injury concerns coming into this one and we could see both Gareth Bale and Eden Hazard return to action on Sunday afternoon. 

There’s no doubt that both Raphael Varane and Casemiro will come straight back into the starting XI after missing the defeat to La Real, with Eder Militao and James Rodriguez dropping out.


Predicted Lineups

?Osasuna Herrera; Vidal, U.Garcia, D.Garcia, Estupinan; Moncayola, Perez; Ibanez, R.Garcia, Torres, Cardona.?
?Real Madrid ?Courtois; Carvajal, Varane, Ramos, Mendy; Valverde, Casemiro, Kross; Bale, Benzema, Vinicius.

Head to Head Record

Unsurprisingly, Los Blancos have dominated this fixture over the past couple of decades. In their last 35 meetings, Real have come out on top in 23, while Osasuna have won just five.

Sergio Ramos,Miguel Flano

In fact, Los Rojillos have beaten Madrid just once in the last decade – a 1-0 win back in 2011.

In the reverse fixture back in September, goals from young Brazilain duo Vincius Jr and Rodrygo handed Los Blancos a 2-0 victory.


Recent Form

Since Avila’s injury, Los Rojillos have lost two from two – first losing out in the Copa del Rey to Real Sociedad before being beaten away at Villarreal 3-1, a game in which they would’ve felt hard done by.

Osasuna are still a pretty good side to watch, but you do fear for them in the second half of the campaign without their star man. The onus will be on the likes of Ruben Garcia (seven goal contributions) and Roberto Torres (ten goal contributions) to provide for Arrasate in the final third for the remainder of the season.

Alexander Isak,Mikel Oyarzabal

Real, meanwhile, were hopelessly exposed by La Real in the week. Martin Odegaard was able to persistently slice through a Casemiro-less midfield with ease while Aleksander Isak – who bagged a wonderful brace – caused Sergio Ramos and Eder Militao all sorts of problems with his movement.  

The away side were a constant threat in transition and overall, the game proved just how key Varane and Casemiro are to this Madrid side.

Nevertheless, that defeat came after an impressive 1-0 victory over Atletico in the Madrid derby as Karim Benzema scored the all-important goal while Madrid’s elite backline came to the fore once more – completely shutting out an albeit tame Atleti attack.

Here’s how these two have fared in their last five outings.

?Osasuna Real Madrid?
?Villarreal 3-1 Osasuna (02/02) ?Real Madrid 3-4 Real Sociedad (06/02)
?Real Sociedad 3-1 Osasuna (29/01) ?Real Madrid 1-0 Atletico (01/02)
?Osasuna 2-0 Levante (24/01) ?Zaragoza 0-4 Real Madrid (29/01)
?Recreativo 2-3 Osasuna (21/01) ?Valladolid 0-1 Real Madrid (26/01)
?Osasuna 0-0 Valladolid (18/01) ?Unionistas 1-3 Real Madrid (22/01)

Prediction

Expect Los Blancos’ defence to achieve normality in this one with the returns of Casemiro and Varane. 

Raphael Varane,Sergio Ramos

Even though Osasuna provide a threat from midfield, without Avila they won’t have enough to overcome the league leaders on Sunday afternoon. 

At the other end of the pitch, the electric form of Vinicius will certainly be pleasing Zidane – with the young Brazilian showing signs of improvement in the final third. The away side won’t blow the hosts out of the water, but a routine victory is expected.

Prediction: Osasuna 0-2 Real Madrid


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