Real Madrid v Espanyol play on Saturday (15:15, UK time) at Santiago Bernabéu Stadium in the 23rd week of La Liga. Los Blancos need to win to continue topping the table.
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Real Madrid v Espanyol Preview
Real Madrid are very happy and confident after the victory (3-1) over Napoli in the Last 16 Round of the Champions League. The Italian team hit first but Los Blancos came back with a great performance. Now they have to focus in La Liga because it’s a crucial week to secure the title. They face Espanyol at home and Valencia and Villarreal away in only seven days.
Apart from the results, the good news is that Zidane doesn’t have any injury concerns. Gareth Bale is back with the group although he’s not expected to start. Sergio Ramos has some physical problems, so will rest and Zidane has confirmed that Morata will start the game. James Rodríguez could go back to the bench and Lucas could replace him. Keylor Navas, Benzema and Modric aren’t included in the list.
Espanyol are in the middle of the table, far from Europe and far from relegation. The Barcelona team lost at home against Real Sociedad in their last meeting ending a run of three consecutive victories. Pablo Piatti is recovered, so he should be in the line up whereas Víctor Sánchez, Baptistao and Marc Navarro are sidelined. Reyes and Javi Fuego are major doubts.
Real Madrid v Espanyol Predicted Line Ups
Real Madrid (4-3-3): Casilla; Marcelo, Pepe, Varane, Carvajal; Casemiro, Kovacic, Kroos, Lucas Vázquez; Cristiano and Morata.
Espanyol (4-5-1): Diego López; Aarón, Duarte, David López, Reyes; Diop, Fuego, Reyes, Piatti, Jurado; and Gerard.
Real Madrid v Espanyol Betting Tips
Real Madrid have won 6, drawn 2 and lost 2 games out of the last 10.
Espanyol have won 4, drawn 3 and lost 3 of the last 10 games.
In the last 10 games, Real Madrid have scored an average of 2,6 goals and have received an average of 1,2 goals.
In the last 10 games, Espanyol have scored an average of 1,4 goals per game and have conceded 1,3 goals per game.
There have been over 2,5 goals in 10 of the last 10 Real Madrid games.
There have been 2,5 goals in 6 of the last 10 Espanyol games.
Real Madrid v Espanyol Prediction
Real Madrid are heavy favourites to win this game. Historically, Espanyol has been a friendly team for Los Blancos and now Zidane’s side has recovered the best performances. On the other hand, Espanyol suffered away from home despite winning their last game against Málaga. We only can expect a lot of goals from Real Madrid.
In the game at Cornellà-El Prat, Los Blancos won (0-2) thanks to the goals scored by James Rodríguez and Karim Benzema. Last season, Real Madrid hammered (6-0) Espanyol at home.
Free Betting Tips
Real Madrid to win 1/7 at Bet365.
Over 2,5 goals 4/11 at Bet365.
Real Madrid to win 4-0 at 9/1 with Bet365.