Estadio Santiago Bernabeu is the place where Real Madrid will try to beat Espanyol, thus continuing the title race with Barcelona who currently have two points more. But, Espanyol aren’t coming to the Spanish capital waving a white flag. They are confident they can win points on Saturday evening, which is a kind of a mindset that brought them to the fourth place on La Liga table. That said, there’s no doubt we’re going to see an interesting duel. And if you want to make some money off it, look for some betting tips in this Real Madrid vs Espanyol match preview!
At home, Los Blancos have lost only one match since January. And that match was the Champions League duel with Juventus. This shows that with the support of their fans, Real Madrid really do seem unstoppable.
And they showed how powerful they are this Wednesday when they beat AS Roma 3:0. That victory came as a real confidence boost for their forwards, who were probably feeling a bit down after the 1:1 draw with Athletic Bilbao. In that game, they had 16 goal attempts but the ball just refused to go in the goal.
Of course, another reason why they failed to score more than once is that Athletic players, particularly their goalie, were sensational in that game. And with the help of the fans at San Mames, Athletic Club managed to snatch a point.
But, this weekend, Real Madrid are playing in front of their own crowd. And they’re expected to win big. There was only one game played at Santiago Bernabeu in 2018 in which Real Madrid failed to score. I’m pretty certain the game with Espanyol won’t be the second one.
Even though Espanyol are currently on the fourth place of La Liga table, it’s not too much of an achievement. The season has just started and they have seven points after four rounds, the same number of points as five other teams.
They won so many points by winning two games, against Valencia in late August and against Levante in the previous round. But, those two wins happened at their stadium. The games Espanyol played away from home weren’t as impressive.
Actually, they lost to Alaves and played draw with Celta on the road. And if you take a look at their last season’s performances away from home, you will see that they were dreadful. They won only four games out of possible 19.
Their away record against Real Madrid is really crazy – Espanyol haven’t won a single match at Santiago Bernabeu in the 21st century. In fact, they lost 18 out of 22 games played at Real Madrid’s turf.
Real Madrid absentees:
- Javier Puado Diaz (injury)
- Oscar Duarte (doubtful)
Courtois – Ramos, Nacho, Carvajal, Marcelo – Kroos, Ceballos, Isco – Vazquez, Bale, Benzema
Diego Lopez – David Lopez, Hermoso, Javi Lopez, Vila Rossello – Roca Junque, Darder, Granero – Baptistao, Garcia, Iglesias
Real Madrid vs Espanyol Match Prediction
Real Madrid are gonna run over Espanyol. Not only are they several times better than their next opponent, but they’re also playing very well lately. Another reason why I’m confident we’re gonna witness a big Real Madrid win is that they need points in order to keep up with their arch-rivals Barcelona, who are topping La Liga table.
And the final reason why Los Blancos ought to win big is that the game is played at Santiago Bernabeu, where this team has scored 9 goals in the previous three matches.
Real Madrid vs Espanyol Betting Tips
- Real Madrid @1.18 (bet365)
- Real Madrid AH -2.5 @2.55 (Unibet)