Soccer Picks & Tips for Osasuna vs. Real Madrid

Nila Amerova

Monday, January 13, 2014 8:10 PM GMT

Spain’s Copa Del Rey takes centre stage in midweek soccer betting. Join us as we deliver our soccer-betting verdict on the tie between Osasuna and Real Madrid.

Osasuna falter in first leg

Osasuna had high hopes in the first leg of their tie against Real Madrid in Copa del Rey after drawing 2-2 with los Blancos in their league game last month. Tale told the visitors to Estadio Santiago Bernabéu succumbed to a 2-0 defeat, largely expected across sportsbooks, with Karim Benzema and Jese snatching the goals for Real.

Disappointingly Los Rojillos proved to be little competition for Real, falling behind in the tie rather quickly and easily – Benzema found the net in the 19th minute to put Real Madrid up 1-0 going into halftime while Jese Rodriguez scored early in the second half, both without any corresponding answer from the visitors.

The only reprieve (if one can call it that): it could have been worse. A more consuming loss. Ronaldo’s athletic jumping header missed the target, as well several other opportunities went begging that could have skewed the tie firmly in Real’s favour, making the reverse leg just a mere formality.

As it stands, Osasuna are still within a reasonable shot, a two-goal deficit isn’t an insurmountable obstacle in theory. Sportsbooks however are listing Osasuna as the significant underdogs at +600 to win outright at home and they list a regulation time draw at +450 soccer odds. What this soccer-betting landscape reveals, in no uncertain terms, is just how big of an ask it is really.

Some of the positives were that they defended well enough and had a bit of luck go their way to keep the defeat narrowly acceptable, thereby earning a chance in the rematch to potentially shock one of the tournament favourites. The game plan this time around, though, will have to be a little bit more aggressive and take it to Real Madrid, especially in the wake of any attacking pressure by Real, on the counterattack and whenever possible. What’s more, Osasuna can’t rely on off chance that Ancelloti might field a weakened starting XI now that they have the 2-0 advantage.

Following a listless start to the season, Osasuna improved their La Liga fortunes. Currently 13th in the table, recent form has been promising with Rojillos maintaining a five-game undefeated run of form before the first leg, which included four draws and a victory. Following the defeat in Copa del Rey, Osasuna bounced back with a victory over Espanyol. They are 6-3-10 to date in La Liga.

Real Madrid heavy road favourites

It should come as no surprise that Real Madrid have the reverse leg firmly cornered in their camp by bookies. Bet365 sends Los Blancos on solid -300 soccer odds to win outright for our soccer picks as well on firm -120 soccer odds to win both halves again.

Real Madrid proved their intention towards Copa del Rey beginning strongly in their quarterfinal clash. Though they have a comfortable lead it’s not a commanding one and so they can’t afford to let up on the pressure.

Aside from the obvious advantage on paper and Real’s depth and quality, adding weight to their soccer odds are signs that Ancelloti will be fielding a strong line-up for Wednesday’s clash, despite the busy schedule ahead and their league ambitions, which, incidentally, just received a helping hand from the top tandem of Barcelona and Atletico Madrid when they settled on the draw in their date at the weekend, slashing their edge to just four points.

Soccer Betting Verdict

Fact is Real Madrid should have taken the first leg by a bigger score. It’s only down to bad luck really that many opportunities to put the tie away went begging. Expect Real to start strong therefore in this match, take the quick lead and quash any lofty ideas Osasuna may be entertaining as a result of the 2-0 score.

Free Soccer Picks: Real to win outright at -300 and to win both halves at -120; Over 2.5 at -225