According to La Liga standings, Real Madrid shouldn’t have too much trouble defeating Osasuna, with an 18-point gap between the two. Nevertheless, Osasuna is in the race for a UEFA competition ticket. For the club, that would be like winning the title.
As for Los Blancos, they must win to prevent Barcelona from increasing its lead at the top. As expected, they come in as the betting online favorites, even after losing their last road game.
Osasuna: Good Fight
Osasuna already played host to Barcelona and Atletico Madrid, the other two La Liga powerhouses. Los Rojillos ended up losing both games but not without a fight. They lost 2-1 to Barcelona after Raphinha scored the winning goal in the 85th minute. The match against Atletico Madrid finished 1-0. Osasuna won possession with 52% and took 14 shots, one more than the visitors.
On Sunday, Osasuna visited Real Valladolid and drew 0-0. This time, it lost possession and took three fewer shots than the home side, meaning the defense deserves a lot of credit for that point.
Osasuna is a well-balanced team, so balanced that it has scored and allowed exactly 19 goals. Plus, it won six of its last 10 home games while losing the other four. The club offers a +370 price in the sportsbook to win straight up on Saturday.
Luis Avila is having a great season. The 29-year-old is the team’s top scorer with seven goals and will be a headache for Real Madrid’s defense.
Real Madrid: World Champions
Real Madrid is sitting in second place, eight points behind Barcelona. Los Blancos lost their last road game 1-0 to Mallorca. Nevertheless, they’ve regained a lot of confidence by winning the FIFA Club World Cup and crushing Elche on Wednesday.
Real Madrid became World Champion for the fifth time after defeating Al Hilal 5-3 in the Grand Finale on Saturday. Vinicius Junior was named Man of the Match after scoring a brace. Most recently, they defeated Elche 4-0, with Karim Benzema as Man of the Match after also scoring a brace.
Benzema is the team’s top scorer in La Liga with 11 goals. When healthy, there’s no doubt he’s one of the best strikers in the world. Overall, no other team has scored more goals than Real Madrid with 44. Los Blancos also own the second-best defensive unit after allowing 17 goals in 21 games.
Real Madrid is offering a -130 soccer betting line to win straight up. Considering it’s 8-0-3 when playing on the road, that’s a good deal.
Osasuna vs Real Madrid Head-to-Head
- Previous Matches: 85
- Osasuna Victories: 13 (80 goals)
- Real Madrid Victories: 53 (184 goals)
- Draws: 19
Here’s another reason why this won’t be a walk in the park for Real Madrid: The first leg at Santiago Bernabeu finished 1-1. Los Blancos failed to pull off a victory despite playing the last 12 minutes with one more player. They could have won, but Benzema missed a penalty.
There’s also the fact that three of the last five meetings between the two finished with a draw. The bottom line is: Real Madrid deserves to be the favorite, but don’t underestimate Osasuna.
Osasuna vs Real Madrid Match Information
- Match:Osasuna vs Real Madrid
- Date/Time: Saturday, Feb. 18th, 3:00 p.m. ET
- Location: El Sadar, Pamplona
- Osasuna vs Real Madrid Live Stream: fuboTV
Osasuna vs Real Madrid Betting Lines
Osasuna vs Real Madrid Picks and Prediction
Real Madrid simply can’t afford to lose, at least not if it wants to remain in the title race. Plus, it’ll face Liverpool in the UEFA Champions League on Tuesday. Defeating Osasuna will allow it to reduce the pressure.
I expect Real Madrid to win by one goal. After all, Benzema and Junior are back in sync.
Go ahead and include the over in your soccer picks. The total has gone over 2½ goals in four of the last five meetings between the two in Pamplona.
Real Madrid are listed at -130 in our Vegas La Liga lines. This means that if you wager $100 on Real Madrid, you have a chance to win $77. The Osasuna are +370, offering a chance to win $370 on a $100 wager. The implied probability attached to the betting lines gives Real Madrid a 56.52% chance to win, with Osasuna at 21.28%.