League leaders Real Madrid will be taking a trip to El Sadar as they face Osasuna for their 23rd game in the Spanish League. Real Madrid has a three-point cushion from FC Barcelona with 49 points, whereas, Osasuna is 11th in the league with 28 points. In terms of recent form, Real Madrid is on the back four consecutive wins in the league. Osasuna on the other end has won one, drawn two and lost two fro the previous five matches.
Date- Sunday, February 9
Kick-Off- 8:30 PM (IST)
Venue- El Sadar
Darko Brasanac returns from suspension for the hosts and will be in contention of starting in midfield again. Aridane Hernandez will serve a ban, while Unai Garcia could be back at the centre-back region. Enric Gallego should be leading the attack after his recent move from Getafe now that Chimy Avila is a long term absentee.
Fede Valverde could be benched for the upcoming fixture, with Toni Kroos and Luka Modric likely to fill in midfield alongside Casemiro. Lucas Vazquez and Vinicius Jr could be given an opportunity to start at the wide areas, while, Gareth Bale might come off the bench. Marco Asensio remains on the sidelines due to injury, whereas, Eden Hazard and Mariano are in doubts to start.
OSA (Expected Okaying 11)- Herrera; Estupian, D Garcia, U Garcia, Vidal; Brasanac, Moncayola; Ibanez, Garcia; Gallego
RM (Expected Playing 11)- Courtois; Carvajal, Varane, Ramos, Mendy; Kroos, Casemiro, Modric; Vazquez, Benzema, Junior
Ruben Garcia has been pivotal in the advanced role and has six goals an assist from 1603 minutes in the league from 75.5%
Karim Benzema has been one of the standouts on the attack for Real Madrid. The French forward has 13 goals, five assists from a pass accuracy of 85% from 1773 minutes in the league.
Pervis Estupian is vital in the defence for Osasuna. The 22-year-old has a goal and three assists as well while going forward.
Toni Kroos has been ever so reliable in the midfield role for Real Madrid. Kroos has two goals, four assists and a pass accuracy of 93.6% from 1773 minutes in the league this season.
Real Madrid has dominated over Osasuna in the last six encounters by winning all those games over the course of time.
Real Madrid start as the favourites walking into the game.
Goalkeeper– S Herrera
Defenders-P Estupian, R Varane, S Ramos, D Carvajal
Midfielders- R Garcia, Casemiro, T Kroos (VC), L Modric
Forwards- E Gallego, K Benzema (C)
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