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Real Madrid—Osasuna LaLiga 2021-22 Match Preview, Injuries/Suspensions, Potential XIs, Prediction

Real Madrid host a midweek match against a streaking Osasuna

Real Madrid v Osasuna - La Liga Santander Photo by David S. Bustamante/Soccrates/Getty Images

Match Preview

Real Madrid play host as a streaking Osasuna visits for a midweek on Wednesday.

Osasuna are playing well currently as they have won three of their last five matches and have won their last four away matches, which puts them sixth in the league table. They are equal on points with Real Betis and Atletico Madrid for the fourth spot.

Real Madrid have historically played very well against Osasuna in LaLiga. Los Blancos boast the best unbeaten streak against any club with 12 straight wins against Los Rojillos, which dates back to 2011. They have also won 11 straight home matches against Osasuna since 2005.

Los Blancos have also won three of their last five matches and are coming off a big El Clasico win over the weekend. They currently sit second in the league table tied on points with Sevilla and trailing just a point behind league-leading Real Sociedad.

Injuries/Suspensions

Real Madrid will be without Fede Valverde who picked up a knee injury against Barcelona. Dani Ceballos, Isco and Gareth Bale will also miss the match. Luka Jovic returns to the squad.

Osasuna will be without Jonas Ramalho, Aridane Hernandez and Ante Budimir due to injuries. Cote will miss the match due to suspension after being red carded against Granada.

Potential XIs

Real Madrid

Courtois; Carvajal, Militão, Alaba, Mendy; Modric, Casemiro, Kroos; Rodrygo, Vinicius, Benzema

Dani Carvajal has been back enough time to warrant a start over Lucas Vazquez who was serving in his absence. Nacho is an option to start as well though Carlo Ancelotti may elect to start Militão and Alaba again.

Ancelotti has openly spoke about Eden Hazard’s starting status. He says the Belgian is ready to play but he has elected to make other choices as manager. This likely means Vinicius gets another start after his stellar performance in El Clasico and throughout the season so far.

Osasuna

Herrera; Unai Garcia, David Garcia, Cruz, Vidal; Lucas Torro; Sanchez, Brasanac, Moncayala, Kike Garcia; Avila

Prediction

Real Madrid—Osasuna 2-0

Real Madrid should be considered the favorites given current form and their recent history against Osasuna.

Despite Los Rijollos’ success away from home this season, Real have exceled against them at the Bernabeu. Real have also clean sheeted them twice in their last two consecutive matches.

Jagoba Arrasate’s side is always capable of an upset away from home, but this is one where Real Madrid should be able to pull through and get the three points at home and keep the unbeaten streak against Osasuna alive.