Atletico Madrid will be looking to move back into the Champions League places in La Liga this weekend when they travel to Osasuna. The hosts have been in decent form over recent weeks, and could move to within a point of the Europa Conference League spot in Spain with a victory.
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Last season’s La Liga champions face a fight if they are to secure a place in the Champions League this season. Atletico come into this round of fixtures in fifth place, but will be aware that a victory could see them go back up to fourth above Barcelona.
Diego Simeone’s side have been in steady form over their previous five fixtures, as they have won three times. However, they have been much easier to beat this term compared to last. Atletico have already lost six times in La Liga this season, which is two more defeats than they suffered in the Spanish top-flight in the entirety of last season.
The champions returned to winning ways last weekend in a thoroughly entertaining fixture against Getafe, which they eventually ended up winning 4-3 despite being reduced to ten men.
Osasuna will not be an easy opponent for Atletico this weekend, as they have been in steady form throughout the season. They are currently sitting in ninth place in the league standings, having picked up 32 points from the 24 games that they have played. A European finish doesn’t look out of reach, as they are just six points away from the Europa League spots.
Their recent form has been very impressive, as they have gone three without defeat in Spain. Over the course of that run, they have picked up two victories, including their recent win last weekend against Rayo Vallecano. Ruben Garcia and Kike Garcia were among the scorers in a 3-0 success on the road.
Osasuna vs Atletico Madrid Head to Head
Atletico have won 14 of the previous 20 meetings against Osasuna. They have also picked up wins in each of the last seven fixtures between the two sides, including the 1-0 win that they picked up earlier in the campaign.
Osasuna vs Atletico Madrid Prediction
Osasuna may have been on a decent run of form, but their record in this fixture isn’t the strongest. For that reason, we struggle to see anything other than a win for the travelling side this weekend, and could see Atletico claiming a 1-0 success.
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