Osasuna have got a great chance to close the gap behind their top 4 rivals to just two points, whereas Malaga can virtually ensure Champions League qualification with a win at Reyno de Navarra.
It is really remarkable for a team that boast -16 goal difference to be fighting for Champions League places, but that is La Liga for you.
Osasuna are probably one of the most inconsistent sides in the elite division and heavy defeats are nothing new for them, with 0-8, 1-7, 1-5 and 0-6 just some of their results this season.
Nonetheless, in spite of losing three of their last four games, los Rojillos currently sit in 7th place in the standings and they can make a giant step towards European qualification by beating Malaga.
While that is easier said than done, you should know Osasuna are 2.95 (39/20) with Betfair to claim maximum points.
Ibrahima Balde is away on international duty, whereas Sergio, Marc Bertran, Masoud Shojaei and Kike Sola remain sidelined. Key midfielder Raul Garcia is suspended, whereas Ion Echaide is doubtful with a shoulder injury.
Probable starting line-up (4-2-3-1): Fernandez – Damia, Lolo, Miguel Flano, Raitala – Loe, Punal – Cejudo, Nekounam, Lamah – Nino.
With their top 4 rivals Levante and Sevilla sharing spoils on Saturday, Malaga know they can make a giants step towards Champions League qualification with three points from Reyno de Navarra.
Los Boquerones remained well clear of their rivals in spite of taking just one point from last two games, but they now have to try and beat Osasuna, seeing that they will face the likes of Valencia, Barcelona and Atletico Madrid in the next three games.
With their next opponents missing quite a few first team regulars, odds of 2.50 (3/2) offered by 888sport on away win look too good to pass.
Malaga played really well in their last four away games, winning two of those, while sharing spoils with Real Madrid at Santiago Bernabeu. Los Boquerones were only beaten by Villarreal, but only after they had completely outplayed their opponents.
Joris Mathijsen has been ruled out for the season, but Joaquin Sanchez is back in contention. Julio Baptista, Jeremy Toulalan and Willy Caballero remain in the infirmary.
Probable starting line-up (4-2-3-1): Ruben – Gamez, Demichelis, Weligton, Monreal – Eliseu, Maresca – Cazorla, Isco, Fernandez – Rondon.