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30.01. (Mon) 21:00 Osasuna - Atletico Madrid

Diego Simeone - Atletico Madrid
Diego Simeone - Atletico Madrid



Bertran, Sergio, Flano, Satrustegui
Garica, Nekounam, Punal
Lamah, Cejudo


Juanfran, Godin, Dominguez, Filipe
Tiago, Suarez
Salvio, Adrian, Turan

Osasuna are likely to be without Ion Echaide, Roversio and Ruben Rocha for the visit of Atletico Madrid on Monday evening in a contest that pits seventh against eighth.

Midfielder Javad Nekounam is doubtful after picking up an injury in his side's 1-1 draw against Valencia, but is likely to feature after being withdrawn from that match as a precaution. Meanwhile, Jose Luis Mendilibar is sure to be without the suspended Damia and long-term absentee Masoud Shojaei.

Newly-appointed Diego Simeone continued his revival at Atletico Madrid with a 4-0 win last time out but will be without the suspended duo Gabi and Diego for the trip to the Reyno de Navarra. Portugal's Tiago, returning from suspension, is touted to slot in alongside Mario Suarez in Atleti's midfield, whilst Eduardo Salvio or Koke could come in for the Brazilian playmaker.

Antonio Lopez is certain to miss the the tie through injury, whilst fellow defender Silvio remains a doubt but may be fit enough for a spot on the substitutes' bench.


  • Osasuna are on a six-game winless run in all competitions (D3 L3).
  • Mendibiliar's side have suffered defeat on just one occasion at the Reyno de Navarra in La Liga so far this season, a 2-0 loss against Racing Santander.
  • The Pamplona-based outfit have the worst defensive record of any team in the top half of the table, their opponents the second.
  • Atletico Madrid recorded their premiere win on the road last time out, a 4-0 drubbing of Real Sociedad.
  • Colombian striker Falcao (pictured) netted a brace in that match, taking his tally for the season to 14 in La Liga.
  • Los Rojiblancos have failed to win two consecutive away games in La Liga for three years, having last achieved such a feat in 2008-09.
The Reyno de Navarra is not an easy place to go to and win and Osasuna are currently a wounded animal, failing to take maximum points in their last three matches, the last two of which were at home. However, under Diego Simeone, Atleti have rediscovered themselves but may be shut out by a resolute Navarran defence.
Editor's Prediction
Osasuna 0-0 Atl. Madrid