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Osasuna vs. Atlético Madrid: Preview

Atletico Madrid v Osasuna Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images

Osasuna come into this game on the back of two consecutive home defeats. Los Rojillos have failed to win in all their league home games played this season, losing four and drawing two. Moreover, Osasuna have only won one of 12 league games this season, which puts the club on seven points and in the relegation zone.

On the other hand, Atletico Madrid saw its flawless league run tarnished in a dismal 1-0 defeat to Sevilla on matchday nine and los rojiblancos have an additional two since, putting its position in the Champions League places come under threat - the team is currently sixth with 21 points from 12 games. Atletico have performed evenly this season in six away games, winning two, losing two and drawing two.

Head-to-Head Statistics

Both sides will be meeting for the first time since the 2013/14 Liga BBVA season. Atletico won 2-1 at home that season before dropping a 3-0 result at El Sadar. In the last 10 league meetings between the two sides, Atletico have seven wins compared to Osasuna's two. The Reds from Pamplona have also lost three of the last 5 home meetings with Atleti, winning the other two.

Prediction

These two sides are in the need of inspiration for a league form turnaround. However, Osasuna's poor home form would give a desperate Atletico hope for collecting all three points. Also, considering the quality Diego Simeone has at his disposal, the home advantage of Osasuna plays very little part in this encounter.

Simeone’s team will enter this game in high spirits after a comfortable Champions League win over PSV Eindhoven during midweek. Therefore, a great performance is expected and Atleti should take all 3 points comprehensively.