Our Primera Division expert, Phil Kitromilides, feels that both Spanish sides are capable of getting on the scoresheet when they meet on Sunday afternoon at El SadarJust over 80 kilometres separate these two sides in what can tentatively be called an alternative Basque derby.
The distance between the teams in the league, however, is far greater, with Osasuna frantically battling to avoid relegation and La Real pushing for another season in European comeptition.
Both teams need the points, then, and Paddy Power price a home win at 2/1 (3.00) while the visitors can be backed at 13/10 (2.30).
Osasuna's home form has been a curious thing this season, with Los Rojillos raising their game for the visit of the big boys (earning draws against Real Madrid and Barcelona and a win over Atletico Madrid) yet succumbing to defeats against less naturally talented sides such as Almeria and Levante.
Indeed, the rot has well and tuly set in at El Sadar, with Javi Gracia's side losing each of their last five matches to slump alarmingly down the table.
Some comfort can be taken from the fact that the side from Pamplona have been finding the back of the net with relative consistency, scoring in six of their last seven home league games.
With Sociedad always a good bet to get on the scoresheet no matter who they are playing, both teams to score looks to be the obvious selection at 8/11 (1.73).
|Both teams to score at 8/11 (1.73) 2.5pt stake with Paddy Power|
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Phil Kitromilides is a sports journalist and TV presenter in Madrid