It might come as a shock to some to discover that Real Madrid actually have a match this weekend, what with their outgoing manager seemingly Chelsea-bound and their president fluttering his eye lashes at Liverpool and Tottenham’s best players.
Any paper this week could have told you there is a flurry of activity at the Spanish giants, but it is the boardroom that has gone into its habitual summer overdrive mode as debate rumbles on about Jose Mourinho’s successor and possible stellar signings.
As it is, Osasuna’s visit for The Special One’s last match in charge might well attract less interest than the movements of Gareth Bale and Luis Suarez (or their agents) this weekend. While the the former Inter boss will no doubt be asked to confirm reports that he has penned a deal with Chelsea, the season-ending clash is in severe danger of being overlooked.
That would be a shame. For one thing, Real Madrid are 90 minutes away from completing the La Liga season without a home defeat – a feat they should pull off with odds of 11/50 for a win and 23/4 for a draw.
Osasuna are safe, so for a 35/4 bet on an away win to pay off they might need to be inspired by the surroundings at the Bernabeu and be able take advantage of any distractions in the home ranks.
Real Madrid are still stinging from their Copa del Rey final defeat to Atletico at the Bernabeu but their home form in the league has been outstanding lately. Having secured some high-scoring wins – their last five home La Liga fixtures all being won with four or more combined goals – Los Blancos look good to win big again and the evens to win again with more than 3.5 strikes at either end.
The odds of Real scoring three or more goals to mark Mourinho’s farewell are 13/20. Real have netted at least a trio in 12 of their 18 home fixtures in the league this term, and you would have to think that, depsite all the controversy the Portuguese boss has caused this season, his team will round off their campaign with a few goals in a high-scoring win.