Real Madrid travel to face Osasuna on Saturday with the goal of keeping pressure on the two teams ahead of them in the table. Since their loss against Barcelona in October, Los Blancos have gone on a five match league winning streak, outscoring opponents 24-6.
That doesn't bode well for Osasuna who are sitting in 16th, just one point out of the drop zone. It's also not a good sign that Osasuna have been leaking goals this season, allowing 25 against only 11 scored. Given Madrid's propensity to score lots of goals, this could get out of hand quickly.
Madrid's improved form has a great deal to do with Gareth Bale finally getting healthy and the team settling in under new head coach Carlo Ancelotti. Combine that with the return of the soothing presence of midfielder Xabi Alonso and it's not hard to see why the early season jitters Madrid were suffering appear to be going away.
Osasuna injuries and suspensions
Out: Sisi (knee), Nino (knee), Francisco Puñal (suspended).
Real Madrid injuries and suspensions
Madrid's only new injury issue is Luka Modrić and while the midfielder is healthy after picking up a knee injury in the mid-week, he could be rested by Carlo Ancelotti.
Osasuna: Andres Fernández, Marc Bertán, Jordan Lotiès, Alejandro Arribas, Damià, Lolo, Francisco Silva, Álvaro Cejudo, Emiliano Armenteros, Roberto Torres, Oriol Riera
Match Date/Time: 4 p.m. local, 10 a.m. ET
Venue: Estadio El Sadar, Pamplona, Spain
TV: beIN Sport, beIN Sport en Español (U.S.), Canal+ Liga (Spain)
Online: beIN Sport play (U.S.), beIN Sport Play (Canada), Gol Stadium (Spain)