Our prediction for this Primera Division match:
Buoyed by the Champions League win at Napoli, Real Madrid will look to retain top position in the La Liga standings when they host Osasuna to their Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday afternoon. Los Blancos continue relying on big-money signing Jude Bellingham and the former Borussia Dortmund man is likely to prove a handful for the opposition back-line. Towering centre-forward Joselu is pushing for a recall to the starting XI, while defender Nacho Fernandez misses out through suspension.
All David Alaba, Eder Militao, and Thibaut Courtois remain on the sidelines with injuries. Los Rojillos, on the other hand, proved their worth in the Basque derby against Deportivo Alaves, but they will have a mountain to climb against Real Madrid, who rolled over high-flying Girona 3-0 at the weekend. As for the away team, both Moi Gomez and Unai Garcia are out of contention through injuries.
Highlighted Player (Toni Kroos):
Toni Kroos is a Real Madrid midfielder who started playing for Bayern Munich II at senior level. He made 13 appearances for the reserve team and on 31 January, 2009 he joined Bayer Leverkusen on loan. He made his Bayer debut on 28 February, 2009, coming as a substitute in a 1-0 loss to Hannover.
The German midfielder scored ten goals in 43 league appearances with the BayArena outfit and in the summer of 2010 he returned to Bayern Munich. Kroos won three Bundesliga trophies with the mighty Bavarian giants (2007/2008, 2012/2013, 2013/2014) and in 2013 he was part of Bayern Munich’s team that won the Champions League trophy.
In 2014, though, he decided to leave the club and the German superstar joined Real Madrid on a six-year-contract. Kroos won the 2015/2016 Champions League trophy with los Blancos and it has to be noted that he produced a thrilling performance in the title game against Atletico Madrid. In 2014 he clinched the FIFA World Cup trophy with Germany.
Highlighted Team (Osasuna):
Osasuna are a Basque football team that plays in Spanish La Liga. Los Rojillos are based in Pamplona and and the club were founded in 1920. Estadio El Sadar has been the home of Osasuna since 1967 and the capacity of the stadium is 19,800.
The colour of Osasuna’s home kit is red, while the team’s shorts are navy blue. Los Rojillos dropped to the Segunda Division at the end of the 2013/2014 La Liga campaign, but they did not spend too many time in the Spanish second tier. The club returned to the elite division in 2016 after beating Girona in the play-offs.
Osasuna made it to the Spanish Copa del Rey final in 2005, but they eventually lost to Real Betis after extra time in the title game. The meaning of the word Osasuna is “health” in Basque and it is used in a sense of strength.