Espanyol vs Real Madrid prediction, betting tips and preview ahead of this weekend’s La Liga fixture.
Espanyol vs Barcelona
18th September 2016, 19:45 pm BST
RCDE Stadium, Espanyol
Espanyol Team News & Preview
Espanyol takes on Real Madrid in La Liga this weekend and the home side will be looking to pick up their first win of the season.
Espanyol have had a very poor start to the season and have picked up just 2 points from the three opening games. A defeat against Sevilla was followed by two consecutive draws against Malaga and Real Sociedad.
A leaky defence has been their undoing so far and against Real Madrid it could cost them dearly.
The only boost for Quique Sanchez Flores is that he has a fully fit squad to choose from and will be able to field his strongest lineup.
Espanyol’s Predicted Starting Lineup (4-4-2): Roberto; Lopez, Reyes, Duarte, Sanchez; Perez, Lopez, Fuego, Piatti; Moreno, Baptistao
Real Madrid Team News & Preview
Los Blancos have started the season really well and Zinedine Zidane will want to extend that run of form against Espanyol this weekend.
Real Madrid have not won the League title since the Jose Mourinho era and will be desperate to make their mark domestically this season.
They have won all of their matches in all competitions so far and have looked unplayable at times.
Considering Espanyol’s form and the gulf in quality between the two sides, another comfortable win for Real Madrid is very much on the cards here.
Zinedine Zidane is without injured trio Keylor Navas, Fabio Coentrao and Isco for the trip to Espanyol.
Real Madrid’s Predicted Starting Lineup (4-3-3): Casilla; Carvajal, Varane, Ramos, Marcelo; Casemiro, Kroos, Modric; Ronaldo, Benzema, Bale
Espanyol vs Real Madrid Key Stats
Real Madrid have won their last 15 matches in La Liga.
There have been over 2.5 goals scored in 13 of Real Madrid’s last 15 games in La Liga.
Real Madrid have scored at least 2 goals in 14 of their last 15 matches in La Liga.
Real Madrid have kept a clean sheet in their last 3 away matches in La Liga.
Espanyol have lost all of their last 6 matches against Real Madrid and have conceded 23 times in the process.
Espanyol vs Real Madrid Betting Tips
Real Madrid are in supreme form right now and considering their form against Espanyol, an away win seems most likely. Los Blancos are 4/11 to win the game.
Espanyol have conceded 23 goals in 6 games against Real Madrid and 9 in 3 games so far this season. Over 2.5 goals (4/9) seem like a good bet here.
Real Madrid have kept a clean sheet in their last 3 away games. They are 11/8 to keep a clean sheet here.
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Espanyol vs Real Madrid Prediction
Real Madrid have an excellent record against Espanyol and judging by the form of the two sides, that run should continue here.
Espanyol have a very poor defensive record against Real Madrid and coming up against Bale and Ronaldo that could be fatal.
A comfortable Real Madrid win seems likely.
Espanyol 0-3 Real Madrid