Real Madrid vs. Osasuna: Date, Time, Live Stream, TV Info and Preview

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Real Madrid vs. Osasuna: Date, Time, Live Stream, TV Info and Preview
Paul White

Champions League semi-finalists Real Madrid attempt to stay in the Spanish title race on Saturday when they face 15th-place Osasuna.

The Galacticos now lie six points behind their derby rivals, Atletico Madrid, and two points behind second-place Barcelona, albeit with a game in hand over both, per Sky Sports.

Osasuna could face relegation if they do not pick up a win or two in the final games of the season, and they will be looking to shock their wealthy opponents.

Here is how you can catch all of the exciting action this weekend:

 

When: Saturday, April 26, at 7 p.m. BST/2 p.m. ET

Where: Santiago Bernabeu, Madrid, Spain

TV: Sky Sports 2/Sky Sports 2 HD/ (U.K. only)/BeIN Sports (U.S.)

Live Stream: Sky Go (U.K. only) 

 

The Wonder of Bale

Andres Kudacki

Sometimes you have to remember that Gareth Bale is a winger because of his fine statistics, but the Welshman is every bit the modern-day attacker, scoring goals and running past players in a fashion that even Usain Bolt is forced to admire. 

Despite his own season not really starting until November due to injury, the world-record signing has scored an impressive 14 goals in 25 games in La Liga, per Squawka.

Andy Brassell of the Mirror recently said of Bale: 

"In recent games, with Ronaldo sidelined, Bale has been centre stage. He has been the player charged with taking responsibility to produce the decisive moments of magic. It’s been a reprise of his role at Tottenham, if you like – a role which got him here in the first place, of course."

He has also started to find a rhythm and chemistry with Cristiano Ronaldo as the season has progressed, which if it develops and matures could become the most devastating partnership in world football. 

Gary Lineker acknowledged Bale's electric form on Twitter with a humorous reference to his illustrious Portuguese team-mate:

Ronaldo looks set to feature against Osasuna despite the Champions League semifinal second leg against Bayern Munich being firmly in Carlo Ancelotti's thoughts. Bale is a bigger doubt after starting on the bench due to a viral infection against Bayern Munich.

 

Probable Line-Ups

WhoScored.com
WhoScored.com probable line-ups using statistical analytics

With Madrid forced to consider their options ahead of the crucial tie against the current champions of Europe Bayern Munich next week, Ancelotti is likely to field a rotated team. 

Bale has been suffering with an infection that kept him from the starting line-up last week but is expected to be available.

The news was confirmed by Ancelotti, who questioned whether he would risk the Welshman, and was tweeted by the club's official Twitter account:

Isco might be afforded a start in the Madrid side this weekend as Ronaldo was expected to be rested for the Champions League semi-final in Germany next week.

The Ballon d'Or holder has suffered minor injury problems in recent times, and his fitness is being micro-managed by the club in an attempt to get him through the rest of the season. 

However, Ancelotti confirmed that he intends to play his most prolific player:

Full-back Daniel Carvajal and veteran midfielder Xabi Alonso both return from suspension and are available for selection for the Galacticos, per WhoScored.com.

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WhoScored.com also report that Osasuna's Sisi and Lolo will miss the game through injury.

The match is a must win for Madrid or they will be forced to concede the title to one of either of their most bitter rivals. 

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