La Liga Match Preview: Osasuna vs. Atletico Madrid

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Updated: February 19, 2014
Osasuna

Match Date: 23 February 2014 (local)

Match Venue: Estadio El Sadar

 

Osasuna

Osasuna are locked in the lower mid-table after obtaining a goalless draw with Elche last week at the Estadio Manuel Martínez Valero. The match turned out scarce of scoring chances but also showed how effective Antonio Tono and Andres Fernandez can be as goalkeepers. The side are 26 points off the table, four places away from the relegation zone.

 

Osasuna have proven that they can reduce their chance of going back to the bottom by keeping a straightforward approach in the pitch. Top brass Javi Garcia has done a good job in improving the players’ skills, particularly in aerial duels. However, there is still the problem on finishing scoring chances and lackluster ability to defend set pieces.

 

Atletico Madrid

Atletico Madrid reiterated their zealously strong ambition of regaining the championship by thumping Real Valladolid on an impressive 3-0 win at home, ending a three-match losing streak. In the tourney’s first four minutes alone, Los Colchoneros have already served two goals from Raul Garcia and Diego Costa. This marked the side’s early dominance in the tally, which was later further strengthened by a second-half strike by Diego Godin. The morale-boosting victory helped Diego Simeone’s men add three points to their record, which made them level on points (60) with fellow frontrunners Barcelona and Real Madrid. Atletico placed third after posting the lowest goal difference among the three.

 

Online betting tip: Osasuna are extremely good at making surprises. The dark horses may be ranking far below Atletico’s position, but they have been able to hold superpowers Barcelona and Real Madrid on a draw. In addition, the visitors have recently been surprisingly defeated by struggling side Almeria. In this battle, expect a deadlock to happen.

 

Osasuna | Image source: Zimbio