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Spanish Primera BBVA

Manuel Ruiz de Lopera (ATT 34,000) 15th April 2012 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: M Ayza Gamez

Real Betis Real Betis vs Osasuna Osasuna

Real Betis 1

Ruben Castro (34)

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Osasuna 0

R Garcia (S/O 61)

Real Betis v Osasuna preview

Osasuna will be looking to maintain their top six spot with a win over Real Betis.

Last Updated: 14/04/12 4:18pm

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Pepe Mel: Eyeing survival

Pepe Mel: Eyeing survival

Real Betis manager Pepe Mel wants his team to work hard until the final ball of their season is kicked even if they all but seal survival with victory over Osasuna on Sunday.

Mel's side took an 11-point lead over the bottom three into the weekend, and with only six games remaining he is convinced that one more win will ensure another year of Primera Division football.

Sky Bet Odds

Real Betis - 5/6, Draw - 5/2, Osasuna - 16/5 Bet now

He told the club's website: "If we win on Sunday against Osasuna then that will surely secure our survival as we will be 11 points ahead of Zaragoza and we have the better head-to-head.

"However, Madrid had the league won and now things don't seem so clear. Whatever happens on Sunday we will continue to work, we want to compete and we have matches against important teams coming up."

Mel received a huge boost as Ruben Castro was cleared to play after his yellow card in the 1-1 draw with Real Sociedad in midweek was rescinded.

Osasuna, meanwhile, have their sights firmly set on a European place after they got back to winning ways in with a 2-0 win over Espanyol.

The Navarran side remain in sixth, just four points off a Champions League place, and defender Damia Abella has said they are desperate to seal a place in either European competition for next season.

Abella told Osasuna's website: "We have achieved our first objective which was to stay up and now, without any necessity or pressure, but with great excitement and will, we want to fight to be in Europe. To remain in fifth or sixth would be wonderful."

The 29-year-old also believes that having a new objective will mean there will be no repeat of their recent 5-1 and 6-0 defeats to Real Madrid and Rayo Vallecano respectively.

"Personally I believe we went to Vallecas with survival already assured and the margin of the Real Madrid defeat in our minds," he said. "To compete you need a real stimulus and we have that now with the goal of qualifying for Europe."

Marc Bertran is set to miss out for the visitors as he has suffered a recurrence of the muscle injury that has kept him out in recent weeks, but Javad Nekounam is fit again and should regain his place in midfield.

Best Bet: 1-1 Draw - 11/2

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Spanish Primera BBVA

Spanish Primera BBVA
Pos Team P Pts
1 Real Madrid 15 39
2 Barcelona 15 35
3 Atletico Madrid 15 32
4 Sevilla 15 30
5 Valencia 15 28
6 Villarreal 15 27
7 Malaga 15 27
8 Celta Vigo 15 20
9 Eibar 15 20
10 Athletic Bilbao 15 19
11 Espanyol 15 17
12 Rayo Vallecano 15 17
13 Getafe 15 16
14 Real Sociedad 15 14
15 Levante 15 14
16 Deportivo La Coruna 15 13
17 Granada 15 12
18 Cordoba 15 11
19 Almeria 15 10
20 Elche 15 10

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