Although Osasuna sit in the lower part of the La Liga table, the big teams tend to find a visit to the Reyno de Navarra stadium a tough task.
As our columnist Alvaro Heralta points out this week, Los Blancos only won once there in the three visits they made during Jose Mourinho’s era. And current champions Barcelona dropped their first points of the season there on their most recent trip there. The last time Los Blancos visited, they drew 0-0, a result that left the 18 points behind the Catalans last season and killing off any hope of a title challenge.
But this year things should be different. Madrid are in somewhat of a purple patch in La Liga and have been in sensational from since their defeat to Barcelona at the end of October. Meanwhile, the home side are struggling for goals having sold their top scorer in Kike Sola. Eleven goals in 15 outings this term tells its own story.
For that reason it is not surprise that Carlo Ancelotti’s men can be found at 1/4 to pick up the three points, whereas the hosts are outsiders at 9/1.
Cristiano Ronaldo make a goalscoring comeback from injury during the week, and is the favourite to score the opening goal at 2/1. He has 67 goals in all competitions to date this year, and with three games left in 2013, few would bet against him surpassing the legendary Pele’s record of 75 goals in a year. He is a 6/1 to score a hat trick.