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Primera División

  • April 3, 2011
  • • 20:00
  • • Estadio El Sadar, Pamplona (Iruñea)
  • Referee: David Fernandez Borbalan
  • • Attendance: 14000

La Liga preview: Osasuna - Atletico Madrid

La Liga preview: Osasuna - Atletico Madrid


Osasuna: Ricardo; Lolo, Flaño, Monreal, Nélson; Nekounam, Puñal, Kike Sola, Soriano; Camuñas, Shojaei


Atletico Madrid: De Gea; Alvaro Dominguez, Godín, Filipe, Ujfalusi; Tiago, Mario, Elias; Reyes, Diego Forlán, Juanfran

Atletico Madrid

  • Osasuna have the joint fourth best defensive record in La Liga. They also have conceded only 0.5 goals per game at home, which is the second best defence at home, only behind Real Madrid.
  • Osasuna have not lost in their last 5 home games and have lost only once at home during this entire campaign: to Barcelona by three goals. This defeat was also their biggest defeat in this season.
  • Only in one match in their last 10 encounters, have both the teams failed to score.
  • Osasuna have scored eight league goals in last three match-days and they have been scored by seven different players, with Sola chipping in with a brace.
  • Their new coach Mendilibar has turned things around, with his charges grabbing 13 points out of last 18.
  • Nelson and Vadócz, both are now available, with the possibility of Pandiani also featuring at some point. On the flip side, Aranda and Rupert have been left out of the squad.
  • Atletico Madrid are on a horrid run at the moment with only two victories out of their last 10 games. This has seen their Champions league dreams extinguished, with only a Europa league spot to aim for.  
  • Quique Sanchez Flores is rumoured to be sacked, if he is unable to turn around things quickly.
  • At Reyno De Navarra, Atletico have scored only three goals in their last five visits and only one goal in their last three visits.
  • Heading into this weekend's fixtures, Atletico are eighth in the standings, three points behind sixth-placed Athletic Bilbao.
  • Atletico have their entire squad available apart from Sergio ‘Kun’ Aguero who is suspended for the fixture. Fran Merida had an injury scare, but it is expected that he will be available for this match.


November 13, 2010: Atletico 3-0 Osasuna

The last time these two sides met, Forlan was in midst of a dry spell. However, he ended it in impressive style by scoring a brace and helping "The Mattress Makers" to a comfortable 3-0 victory over Osasuna.

Players to watch

J. Nekounam

Position: Midfielder

Games: 0

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Osasuna's highest goal scorer is a mid-fielder and they will want Nekounam to increase his tally so as to secure some breathing space above relegation zone. This Iranian has been one of the mainstay's of this Osasuna team and he is sure to play a vital role in this match.

D. Forlán

Position: Attacker

Games: 0

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Diego Forlan's form has not been good this season. He has been trying to get a transfer to other clubs and his body language signals that clearly. However, with Atletico having their talisman "Kun" suspended, they will look to the Uruguayan to lead their frontline and secure some vital away points.

Editor's Prediction

Atletico are a team in trouble and their off field shenanigans has not helped them either. Osasuna have lost at home only once and that too to Barcelona. Atleti's away record at Osasuna is not great either. With "Kun" suspended, it difficult to see anything but a Osasuna victory.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head


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Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

CA Osasuna OSA
CA Osasuna Osasuna
Club Atlético de Madrid ATM
Club Atlético de Madrid Atlético Madrid

Top 3 Predictions

CA Osasuna OSA
2 - 1
Club Atlético de Madrid ATM
CA Osasuna OSA
1 - 3
Club Atlético de Madrid ATM
CA Osasuna OSA
2 - 0
Club Atlético de Madrid ATM