The Spanish La Liga enters its second week of play since the league took a three-month hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic. Action resumes at the Estadio El Sadar as Osasuna welcomes European hopefuls Atletico Madrid on June 17, 2020.
Osasuna was able to salvage a point in their first match back when they held Champions League-chasing Real Sociedad to a 1-1 tie. On the other hand, Atletico Madrid picked up where they left off before play was suspended as the team picked up its third consecutive draw. Atletico is still in 6th place, chasing Getafe and Sociedad for the Champions League spot.
Osasuna heads to Estadio El Sadar sitting in 11th place with 35 points from 8 wins, 11 draws, and 9 losses. With 10 points to spare, they will most likely stay in the safe zone and keep their spot in the Spanish top-flight next season. Osasuna was the newcomer this year and by staying away from the relegation goal, they have achieved what they wanted out of their first year in La Liga.
In their last assignment against Real Sociedad, they were the weaker team with only 35% of ball possession and only made 73% of the correct passes. Osasuna only had one shot on goal and they earned six corner kicks but blew a 1-0 halftime lead after they allowed Sociedad to score in the 61st minute and force the tie. Adrian scored Osasuna’s only goal of the match when he netted at the 29th minute from the penalty spot.
Ezequiel Avila leads Osasuna with a total of nine goals scored this season. Roberto Torres and Ruben Garcia each have contributed six goals apiece to their 2020 campaign. Torres leads the team with seven assists on the year while Garcia also has two assists for Osasuna. Pervis Estupinan has contributed three assists and one goal this term.
Osasuna ranks 9th in the league in goal scoring with a total of 35 scored on the year. They are 12th in Spain when it comes to defense with a total of 39 goals conceded this season. Osasuna has a total of 17 assists this term which ranks them at 14th while their -4 goal difference is 11th overall in the La Liga.
Odds from BetOnline as of 06/16/2020
Atletico Madrid is currently in 6th place in the La Liga standings. They have a total of 46 points from 11 wins, 13 draws, and four losses this season. Atletico is only a solitary point behind Real Sociedad for fourth place, the last spot that leads to a Champions League appearance next year. They have not lost in their last eight games but have four draws during that period.
In their most recent match played, Atletico Madrid ended up with a 1-1 draw against Athletic Bilbao. Bilbao opened the scoring in the 37th minute but Atletico quickly tied the score two minutes later and both teams could not score the winning goal until the final whistle. Madrid got 46% of ball possession in that match and they made only 75% of the correct passes. They had only two shots on goal but had seven corner kicks awarded.
Alvaro Morata leads Atletico Madrid with a total of eight goals scored this season. Midfielders Angel Correa and Joao Felix have scored five and four goals, respectively. Correa leads the team with six assists this term while Kieran Trippier has three assists. Koke has three assists and two goals for Atletico Madrid.
Atletico Madrid is the second-best defensive team in the league with only 22 goals allowed. They are only 12th in the league in scoring with a total of 32 goals scored this year. Atletico is also ranked 9th in assists with a total of 24 on the season and their +10 goal difference is sixth-best in the Spanish top flight.
It has been a less than ideal season for Diego Simeone’s side as they have been held to too many draws. Only Real Madrid with three defeats has fewer losses than Atletico this season. However, the latter has a total of 13 draws this term including their last five outings.
It can be recalled that Atletico sent Liverpool crashing out of the Champions League after that epic victory at Anfield just before sports was shut down by the COVID-19 virus. But Simeone’s boys must focus on the task on hand and that is taking the three points from Osasuna.
Osasuna has little to play for the rest of the way as they are 11 points off the last European spot but are also 10 points above the relegation zone. Because they are in the middle of the pack, there isn’t so much pressure on Jagoba Arrasate’s team right now.
Osasuna had a successful Segunda Division campaign last year and barring any major disaster, Arrasate will be making a return trip to the Spanish top-flight next season. Osasuna won its last home assignment against Espanyol before the shutdown. However, they have only won two out of their last eight matches at the Estadio El Sadar.
Ruben Garcia will be available for selection for Osasuna after he already served his suspension and he is likely to start in a front two with Adrian Lopez. Chimy Avila won’t play for Arrasate while Robert Ibanez and Kike Barja are also doubtful for this contest.
On the Other Hand
Joao Felix will make his return after a one-game suspension. Felipe could be available on Wednesday although he has been dealing with a thigh injury. Simeone has the option out wide to switch with the tight schedule with Thomas Lemar and Angel Correa possibly making the starting XI.
Osasuna hasn’t beaten Atletico Madrid in their last three assignments and their last win came in 2009. Atletico has a league-high 13 draws, including 8 away from home. But Osasuna isn’t the league’s strongest home team and there are no fans in the stadium anyway. Despite their current woes, Atletico is still the better team between the two and it’s hard not to go with them here. I’ll pick the visitors to take the three points.
Prediction: Atletico Madrid (-128)
Odds from BetOnline as of 06/16/2020
Atletico Madrid has scored a total of 20 goals in their last six matches. On the other hand, Osasuna has scored an average of one goal in their last six games played. Head to head, these teams have seen 16 goals scored in their last six games played. Atletico Madrid is a terrific defensive team as they are second in La Liga in goals allowed. I think the score here will be 2-1.
Prediction: Over 2 Goals at (-119)