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  • January 30, 2012
  • • 20:00
  • • Estadio El Sadar, Pamplona (Iruñea)
  • Referee: Pedro Jesús Pérez Montero
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La Liga Preview: Osasuna - Atletico Madrid

La Liga Preview: Osasuna - Atletico Madrid

Diego Simeone - 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


PROBABLE LINEUPS


OSASUNA


Andres
Bertran, Sergio, Flano, Satrustegui
Garica, Nekounam, Punal
Lamah, Cejudo
Nino

ATLETICO MADRID


Courtois
Juanfran, Godin, Dominguez, Filipe
Tiago, Suarez
Salvio, Adrian, Turan
Falcao

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is doubtful after picking up an injury in his side's 1-1 draw against Valencia, but is likely to feature after being withdrawn from that match as a precaution.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.


DID YOU KNOW?
  • 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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Available Squads
13Andrés FernándezGoalkeeper
2Marc BertránDefender
4Miguel FlañoDefender
12SatrústeguiDefender
-SergioDefender
-SergioDefender
16Álvaro CejudoMidfielder
6Javad NekounamMidfielder
10Patxi PuñalMidfielder
8Raúl GarcíaMidfielder
-Dejan LekicStriker
14Roland LamahMidfielder
1Asier RiesgoGoalkeeper
24DamiàDefender
5Manuel Ortiz ToribioMidfielder
22Xavier AnnunziataMidfielder
-Javier CallejaMidfielder
33TimorMidfielder
7NinoStriker
28Thibaut CourtoisGoalkeeper
3Filipe LuisDefender
20JuanfranDefender
23MirandaDefender
22Diego RibasMidfielder
2Diego GodínDefender
10Arda TuranMidfielder
6KokeMidfielder
4Mario SuárezMidfielder
5TiagoMidfielder
7AdriánStriker
9Radamel FalcaoStriker
25Sergio AsenjoGoalkeeper
15Álvaro DomínguezDefender
14L. PereaDefender
18Toto SalvioMidfielder
12Paulo AssunçaoMidfielder
-Pedro MartínStriker
9PizziStriker
Players to Watch
Andrés Fernández
Andrés Fernández
Position: Goalkeeper
Squad Number: 13
Games Goals YC RC
37 0 2 1
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.
Arda Turan
Arda Turan
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 10
Games Goals YC RC
30 3 8 0
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.
Prediction
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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