Osasuna 0-1 Atletico Madrid – Betting Review
It was vintage style Atletico Madrid victory at the El Sadar on Sunday. The visitor defended well and showed more attacking quality in a very tight game.
Thanks to a tidy Saul finish in the second period, Atleti secured a scrappy 0-1 win against an Osasuna side which never worked clear opportunities. 0-1 was a perfectly fair result.
It was cagey from the start, with mutual respect on show neither took risks in an aggressive contest.
Osasuna looked to play their way into the game, but the ever-solid Atleti back four gave them little room to work with. The visitor defended well but posed a minimal threat in possession, focusing on settling into the match by holding the ball for long periods.
Osasuna was lively and direct from the flanks but never worked big openings until after the break. The host continued to push for the opener and on 55 minutes, Ezequiel Ávila came very close from a header.
The half chances continued to fall to the hosts, Moi Gómez volley at the back post was well saved by Jan Oblak.
While Osasuna was enjoying more of the play around the time the deadlock was broken, signs were there for the Atletico goal.
Simeone’s side quietened the boisterous crowd with 15 minutes remaining. In some style, Saúl Níguez was played in behind the hosts’ defence by a perfelctly flighted ball from Rodrigo De Paul. The former Chelsea midfielder raced clean through and drove the ball in at the near post to secure the win.
Osasuna launched a serious of late direct attacks but Atletico continued to stand firm, doing enough to see out the narrow lead and win.
Looking at the 1×2 market first. Atletico was the favourite to win @ 2.15 and although they didn’t cruise to victory, the market got this right as the visitor always looked far more probable winners.
Moving onto the Asian handicap market for this contest. Atletico -0.25 won this market @ 1.90. The game was tight at 0-0 for a long time, but it was evident that Atletico was so solid at the back that they were not going to lose barring a dramatic change in the dynamic. Backers of Atletico -0.25 would have felt confident throughout the 90 minutes that they would at least see half of their stake pushed, but the goal on 75 minutes secured a full win for punters.
Looking at The Under/Over goal line last of all. The line was set at 2.25 which was very accurate as it remained tight and only opened up a little after the Atletico goal. As expected, it was a full-blooded and intense football match and hard-fought, Under 2.25 won @1.80.