La Liga Betting: Real Madrid vs. Real Osasuna

Steven Suarez

Thursday, April 24, 2014 7:52 PM GMT

Thursday, Apr. 24, 2014 7:52 PM GMT

Days after overcoming Bayern Munich in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final, Los Blancos will try to keep the pressure on in the La Liga race by getting all three points against Osasuna. What's our favorite soccer odds pick for this showdown?

Odds Overview
Yeah, so it's going to be hard to find much value with this fixture. Real Madrid is the overwhelming favorite in the soccer betting odds, listed in the wide range of -1500 to -2000 to get all three points at home. 

If you think we're in for a spectacularly surprising result, you can back Osasuna to win at roughly +2750 at the top sportsbooks.


Real Madrid
What a great couple of weeks it's been for Los Blancos.

First they topped Barcelona 2-1 to win the Copa del Rey and then they started off their Champions League clash of the titans by beating Bayern Munich 1-0 at home. They will now hold the advantage going into the return leg at Allianz Arena.

Karim Benzema's first-half goal, scored off a fantastic counter-attack, proved to be the difference, as Real Madrid's defensive line held strong throughout. Bayern dominated possession but was held to only four shots on target, as Iker Casillas, Pepe and Sergio Ramos looked assured in the back.

Cristiano Ronaldo was in the starting XI and looked good before getting subbed off for Gareth Bale, who was dealing with an illness. We'll have to see if either are rested for this encounter with Osasuna in preparation for Munich.

Real Madrid remains a force to be reckoned with at the Bernabeu, where they've won 12 out of 14 matches while scoring an amazing 54 goals. It'd be fair to assume they'll add at least a couple more to that gaudy total on Saturday.


Osasuna
Though languishing in the bottom half of the table, Osasuna has been playing better recently, having gone unbeaten in four straight league matches.

During that time they've beaten Almeria (2-1) and drawn with Real Sociedad (1-1), Real Valladolid (0-0) and then Valencia (1-1) most recently. It was none other than Oriol Riera who got the goal Los Rojillos.

Riera has been in good form for the club this term, scoring a team-best 12 league goals. He's found the back of the net in three of his last four appearances and will be hoping he can make the most of any limited opportunities Osasuna may get this weekend.

Los Rojillos, for the most part, have been rather disastrous away from home, recording four wins, three draws and 10 defeats. Overall they've allowed almost three times as many goals (32) as they've scored (11) themselves through those 17 fixtures.

Obviously it's not going to get any easier against an in-form Real Madrid outfit. They may have been able to force a 2-2 draw in the first meeting, but Los Blancos will now be at home and raring to show their superiority.

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La Liga Pick
This is going to be straightforward for Carlo Ancelloti's men. 

Sure, the fact Los Blancos could rest some key names, including the likes of Ronaldo and Bale, in preparation for the return leg versus Bayern is a tad worrisome, but this team is strong enough all-around to cope no matter who's in the starting eleven. Plus, Osasuna has really found it difficult away from home in this campaign.

Feeling mighty good after consecutive wins over two humungous soccer giants in Barcelona and Bayern, we look for Real Madrid to keep it going with a comprehensive win over Osasuna at the Bernabeu.

Pick: Real Madrid 4 Osasuna 0

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