Atletico Madrid head to Osasuna on Thursday and should do so with confidence following their 3-1 win over Real Madrid on Sunday.
Barring a blip at Valencia, Los Colchoneros’ campaign has been good so far, despite rumours of unrest between Diego Simeone and the board.
Like Atletico, Osasuna had European football to factor in at the start of this season but went out of the Conference League to Club Brugge and seem to have yet to recover.
They have failed to win their last four in all competitions and have a torrid record against Simeone’s side, with their last win against them coming in 2014.
The win over Real will have given Atletico plenty of confidence and they will expect to back it up in the Basque Country.
Osasuna will be without Jon Moncayola, who looks set to return next month from a foot problem, while Darko Brasanac may not play before the end of the year due to a cruciate ligament injury.
Vice-captain Unai Garcia is yet to feature in 2023-24 and could sit out again due to an unspecified issue.
Atletico’s physio room has been busy so far this season, with Angel Correa the latest after suffering a suspected knee injury during the closing moments of the win over Real.
Pablos Barrios (foot), Caglar Soyuncu (hip) and Rodrigo De Paul (muscle) are expected to be back next month but Thomas Lemar (Achilles tendon), Vitolo (knee) and Reinaldo (knee) are all long-term absentees.
Atletico Madrid to win @ 11/10
Atletico’s 3-0 defeat in their last away game at Valencia appears to be an outlier when looking at their results this season, with that being their sole defeat in all competitions.
They bounced back with that win over Real and have an incredible record against Osasuna, winning the last 10 meetings between the pair.
Los Colchoneros edged to a 1-0 victory in last term’s clash in Pamplona and prior to their misery at Mestalla, had kept clean sheets away at Real Betis (0-0) and Rayo Vallecano (7-0).
Osasuna have failed to win their last four in all competitions and are still to win at home this season, so they could again be there for the taking.
Alvaro Morata anytime goalscorer @ 15/8
Alvaro Morata has been much-maligned at times in his career but has enjoyed a strong start to this season, netting twice against Real at the weekend.
That brace took his tally to five in La Liga and he also registered in August’s 2-0 friendly win over Numancia.
Now 30, Morata is playing with a maturity and patience he lacked in his younger years when he could often be accused of trying too hard.
Look for him to shine again at El Sadar, a stadium where he most recently scored in 2020.