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Jose searching for first victory as Real Madrid manager

| 11.09.2010

Real Madird host Osasuna on Saturday evening and three points should be a given considering Jose Mourinho’s record in charge of the home team – he is yet to lose at home in right years.

Mourinho’s new look Real Madrid side could only manage a draw in their opening La Liga game against Real Mallorca, and Jose knows his side need to improve fast if he is to win the support of the fans.

Real know that they can’t let Barcelona establish an early lead and the fans are ready to turn the Bernabeu into the fortress it was last season when they won 18 times, dropping their only points crucially to Barcelona, they are 1/6 to win on Saturday.

That fixture was also the only time Madrid have failed to score in their last 45 home games and Jose Mourinho will be hoping Cristiano Ronaldo can open his account for the season, he is 5/2 to score first.

Osasuna lost their final eight away games last season and it’s reflected in their price of 14/1.

Athletic Bilbao vs Atletico Madrid

Meanwhile Atletico Madrid make the trip to Bilbao and are 7/5 to return with all three points.

Atletico started the season in brilliant fashion, beating Sporting Gijon 4-0 and Diego Forlan continued the impressive form he showed in the World Cup with a double, he is 7/2 to score first and has scored 11 goals against Athletic Bilbao in his La Liga career.

Atletico are without a win in their last 10 away league games but these two sides have not shared a draw in their last nine meetings – Bilbao are 15/8 to win.

Real Madrid are 11/8 to win La Liga. See the full Spanish La Liga football betting market here.



Ed Needham