Exactly one month ago, Osasuna took Spanish football by surprise and caused Atletico Madrid a huge setback by defeating them at home. They lost the next four games and allowed a total of 13 goals, so their prospects ahead of this critical game with Rayo Vallecano are not optimistic.
Bet: Rayo Vallecano
Odds: Ladbrokes 1.95
Osasuna allowed two goals in each of the last three games played against mediocre opponents and were completely obliterated by Barcelona. The reigning champions scored seven goals and outplayed the visiting team, while the losing streak caused them to sink beneath the relegation line. They scored the first goal in over a month in the last minute of overtime against Sevilla but that was nothing more than a pale consolation, as the visitors took all four points.
De las Cuevas and Sisi are still injured but the midfielders are inconsequential for Osasuna and the player to watch for tonight is Oriol Riera. By contrast, Rayo Vallecano is one of the hottest teams in Primera Division with three victories in the last four games and their offensive is on fire. The 10 points collected in March lifted them from the relegation area and another home win would allow them to leapfrog two more teams. Bueno and Larrivey are expected to pair up once again, as they were the artisans of recent victories and scored a combined seven goals this month.
There are plenty of reasons to back the hosts to win tonight, besides home pitch advantage, especially now that Ladbrokes prices them at 1.95. Osasuna denied them victory in the last three games, but they are completely out of shape and won’t be able to do much tonight at Estadio del Rayo Vallecano.