It was something of a by the skin of our teeth affair when we backed Real Madrid on the weekend, but with a 93rd minute strike both Ronaldo 2+ goals and Real Madrid -2.5 became winners. Hopefully some of you bet on those outcomes.
Tonight they face an Osasuna side who have climbed to 15th on the back of recent stubborn performances that have seen them draw four straight before Cejudo’s 33rd minute striker handed them an ugly 1-0 win over Espanyol.
These two sides met in the month of December, where Osasuna took a surprise 2-0 lead, before Sergio Ramos was sent off. Madrid still managed to draw the game 2-2, and the game of two halves highlighted Osasuna’s problems.
Madrid have always been prone to an away slip up, but at home they’ve won nine straight games by an average of more than two goals, scoring a whopping 33 in the process that included 7 against Sevilla.
The maestro has hit the back of the net eight times in that run and he’s scored two or more on three occasions, and despite Osasuna’s stubborn ways, it’s one thing to do it at home to Espanyol, but it’s a completely different thing to do it away to Real.
It’s riskier than the Celta game but I’m going to start by advising one of the same bets. Cristiano comes to life in January and I think he has a fair chance of netting 2+ again here.
You can get a much-improved 5/4 (2.25) with bookmakers Coral.
If you don’t feel comfortable betting on a player to score twice, then Gareth Bale will be your other goal scoring option. You’ll get 8/11 (1.72) for him to score on returning to the side. He seems likely to start after coming on as a second half substitute at the weekend.
Both sides have fixtures to fulfill this coming weekend so some rotation may be expected, but players like Bale and Ronaldo don’t like to miss out often, and Bale will need the fitness before the weekend.
Osasuna have lost 4-1, 7-1, 3-2 and 3-1 on their previous visits so despite securing zero points – which really can be expected – they’ve competed well enough to keep it respectable and within the handicap most of the time.
They’ve failed to cover +2.5 in just two of their eight most recent meetings with Madrid, including two wins and two draws – but those did come at home.
You can’t just look to bet Madrid at home every week, it doesn’t work like that. They certainly have the ability to overturn any handicap against any team, and although they’re not glamorous I think Osasuna posses just enough to sneak a goal.
They’re going to come here and battle and taking bookings, slowing the clock and making fouls will be a necessary part of the plan. From Madrid’s point of view, or more specifically Ramos and Pepe if they start, it won’t take too long for frustration to kick in if the score isn’t going their way.
I’m avoiding the handicap, but I like Over 4.5 cards with Bet365 at 9/10 (1.90).
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