Real Madrid Hoping to Build on El Clasico Success

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Reigning La Liga champions Real Madrid will be hoping to extend their unbeaten run to three matches when they host Huesca on Saturday.

Zinedine Zidane

Zinedine Zidane’s men lost back-to-back games against Cadiz and Shakhtar Donetsk earlier this month, but they responded well by beating rivals Barcelona at Camp Nou last weekend.

In midweek, they managed to rescue a draw against Borussia Monchengladbach after being 2-0 down and confidence will be high ahead of Saturday’s battle.

Real Madrid have won their only two La Liga games against Huesca, with both coming in the 2018/19 campaign.

Since Zidane stepped into the dugout, Los Blancos have lost only one home game against newly-promoted teams and they will take confidence from Huesca’s recent form.

Michel Sanchez’s side are yet to win this season although they have proven they can be difficult to beat, having drawn four of their last five.

However, they have failed to score in two of their last four and Real should have enough to win to nil at 11/10.

Atletico to Build on Head-to-Head record

Diego Simeone’s Atletico Madrid travel to Osasuna this Saturday, with the two teams meeting at El Sadar for a 17:30 KO.

It promises to be a cracking encounter, with Osasuna unbeaten in their last three matches.

Atletico were humbled a few weeks ago by Bayern Munich in the Champions League, but they have won their last two league games to restore confidence.

Simeone’s men have not lost away from home in the league since February and they have an excellent opportunity to extend that run this weekend.

Osasuna have lost their four games against Atletico and they have failed to score in all of those matches. Simeone’s side have the title on their minds and they are worth backing at odds of 4/5.

Barcelona Ready to Kick on after Champions League Success

Ronald Koeman’s men have had to endure their fair share of criticism of late, with a defeat to Real Madrid coming after a disappointing loss to Getafe.

In Europe, they have made the perfect start after wins over Ferencvaros and Juventus.

Wednesday’s success over Juve was a big statement in Turin and they still have a star-studded squad that can put on a show.

Barca have won their last seven league games against Alaves, while they have kept a clean sheet in five of those encounters.

Koeman’s side have scored an average of 3.4 goals per game since a 2-1 defeat on September 16, and they should have no problem adding to that record on Saturday evening.

As always, the spotlight will be on Lionel Messi and the Argentina international has a stellar record against Saturday’s opponents.

He has scored ten goals in his nine appearances against Alaves, grabbing two of those and an assist in their most recent meeting in July.

Barca are 27/20 to win to nil, while backing over 3.5 goals is available at 31/20.

*All odds correct at time of writing.

Tom offers a strong insight into football and rugby league, whilst also having a good knowledge of several other sports including boxing, horse racing and American Football.

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