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La Liga Preview: Osasuna - Atletico Madrid
Diego Simeone's side travel to Pamplona as they look to capitalise on the Navarrans' poor form and close in on the European qualification places with a second consecutive away win
By Daniel Quinton-Navarro
Bertran, Sergio, Flano, Satrustegui
Garica, Nekounam, Punal
Juanfran, Godin, Dominguez, Filipe
Salvio, Adrian, Turan
Osasuna are likely to be without Ion Echaide, Roversio and Ruben Rocha for the visit of Atletico Madrid on Monday evening in a contest that pits seventh against eighth.
Midfielder Javad Nekounam is doubtful after picking up an injury in his side's 1-1 draw against Valencia, but is likely to feature after being withdrawn from that match as a precaution. Meanwhile, Jose Luis Mendilibar is sure to be without the suspended Damia and long-term absentee Masoud Shojaei.
Newly-appointed Diego Simeone continued his revival at Atletico Madrid with a 4-0 win last time out but will be without the suspended duo Gabi and Diego for the trip to the Reyno de Navarra. Portugal's Tiago, returning from suspension, is touted to slot in alongside Mario Suarez in Atleti's midfield, whilst Eduardo Salvio or Koke could come in for the Brazilian playmaker.
Antonio Lopez is certain to miss the the tie through injury, whilst fellow defender Silvio remains a doubt but may be fit enough for a spot on the substitutes' bench.
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- Osasuna are on a six-game winless run in all competitions (D3 L3).
- Mendibiliar's side have suffered defeat on just one occasion at the Reyno de Navarra in La Liga so far this season, a 2-0 loss against Racing Santander.
- The Pamplona-based outfit have the worst defensive record of any team in the top half of the table, their opponents the second.
- Atletico Madrid recorded their premiere win on the road last time out, a 4-0 drubbing of Real Sociedad.
- Colombian striker Falcao (pictured) netted a brace in that match, taking his tally for the season to 14 in La Liga.
- Los Rojiblancos have failed to win two consecutive away games in La Liga for three years, having last achieved such a feat in 2008-09.
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Top 3 Predictions
Osasuna 0-2 Atletico Madrid
- 16.02 %
Osasuna 1-2 Atletico Madrid
- 14.92 %
Osasuna 1-3 Atletico Madrid
- 10.5 %
|Spain - Primera Division (LIGA)||Mar 17, 2013||Osasuna 0 - Atletico Madrid 2|
|Spain - Primera Division (LIGA)||Oct 28, 2012||Atletico Madrid 3 - Osasuna 1|
|Spain - Primera Division (LIGA)||Jan 30, 2012||Osasuna 0 - Atletico Madrid 1|
|Spain - Primera Division (LIGA)||Aug 28, 2011||Atletico Madrid 0 - Osasuna 0|
|Spain - Primera Division (LIGA)||Apr 3, 2011||Osasuna 2 - Atletico Madrid 3|
|May 18, 2013||Granada 3 - Osasuna 0||LIGA|
|May 11, 2013||Osasuna 1 - Getafe 0||LIGA|
|May 4, 2013||Valencia CF 4 - Osasuna 0||LIGA|
|Apr 26, 2013||Rayo Vallecano 2 - Osasuna 2||LIGA|
|Apr 21, 2013||Osasuna 0 - Real Sociedad 0||LIGA|
|Returns:||Osasuna £410.00||Sign up with William Hill for a free bet up to £25|
|Returns:||Draw £65.00||Sign up with William Hill for a free bet up to £25|
|Returns:||Atl. Madrid £21.00||Sign up with bet365 for a free bet up to £200|
|5||Manuel Ortiz Toribio||Midfielder|
|2||Diego Godín Leal||Defender|
With Atletico Madrid's Falcao becoming threatening again, the Osasuna keeper is likely to be kept busy both between the sticks and in organising the defenders in front of him. He will have to be assured in the air as Atleti are able to play fluent football but will not be afraid to test Fernandez with whipped crosses.
In the absence of Diego, much of the responsibility will fall upon Arda Turan to unlock the Navarran defence. Under a new coach there will be a lot of expectant Atleti fans awaiting the realisation of the Turkish international's potential.
The Reyno de Navarra is not an easy place to go to and win and Osasuna are currently a wounded animal, failing to take maximum points in their last three matches, the last two of which were at home. However, under Diego Simeone, Atleti have rediscovered themselves but may be shut out by a resolute Navarran defence.
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