Real Madrid are set to host Osasuna on Sunday, November 6, 2011, in the La Liga.
Real Madrid are coming off a 1-0 away win against Real Sociedad in their last La Liga encounter. Higuain struck on 9 minutes to give Madrid an early lead and that was sufficient to ensure three points from the game for the visitors. The goal transpired after Fabio Coentrao advanced from his left-back position and who delivered a perfect pass to Higuain who scooped the ball over the advancing Claudio Bravo, into the Sociedad goal. Sociedad gave a better account of themselves in the second half but hardly troubled Madrid who remained dominant throughout and were in fact unlucky to miss a few more opportunities to score, most notably by Sergio Ramos, Di Maria and Ronaldo.
Osasuna beat Levante 2-0, in last week’s league match. Levante, who were on a seven-match unbeaten run, were handed their first loss of the season and forced to relinquish their top spot on the points table. Alvaro Cejudo put the home side ahead on 40 minutes and Nino made it 2-0, a few minutes later. The hosts were reduced to 10 men when Cejudo was sent off, with a second yellow, after the interval but had no difficulty keeping the Levante attack at bay, though Kone and Suarez came close to scoring.
Head to head, the teams have met in 20 league matches in the last 10 years; Real Madrid have won on 12 of those occasions, while Osasuna have won on 5, with the remaining 3 games drawn. The teams last met in January, in a game hosted by Osasuna, with the hosts winning 1-0.
Real Madrid who are currently at the top of the points table have won 8 of their last 10 games, with one loss and one draw completing the tally. Eighth placed Osasuna have won 3 and lost 2 of their last 10, with the remaining 5 games ending in stalemates.
Madrid have had a perfect home record this season, winning all four games hosted this far; Osasuna have drawn three and lost 2 of 5 games on the road.
Real Madrid’s starting eleven against Sociedad: Iker Cassilas, Fabio Coentrao, Pepe, Sergio Ramos, Alvaro Coca, Cristiano Ronaldo, Xabi Alonso, Mesut Ozil, Lassana Diarra, Angel Di Maria, and Gonzalo Higuain.
Osasuna’s starting eleven against Levante: Andres Fernandez, Sergio, Lolo, Jukka Raitala, Marc Bertran, Raul Garcia, Javad Nekounam, Francisco Punal, Ibrahima Balde, Juan Francisco Martinez, and Alvaro Cejudo.