Top meets bottom in La Liga as Real Madrid visit Espanyol. Los Blancos have hit the ground running since the league campaign resumed and have won each of their four matches. Elsewhere, the relegation threatened hosts are five points adrift of safety and have lost over half their games during the 2019-20 campaign.
Where and when: RCDE Stadium, Barcelona – 28 June, kick-off 21:00
Where you can see Espanyol vs. Real Madrid: LaLigaTV
Last time: Raphael Varane and Karim Benzema scored in the reverse fixture last winter.
Espanyol vs. Real Madrid Predictions and Preview
Abelardo Fernández has been boosted by the return of Raul de Tomas. The Madrid youth graduate has four goals from seven games since joining from Benfica in January and will go straight back in to the team after recovering from injury. De Tomas is 6/1 to break the deadlock and has achieved double figures in three of his last four campaign’s. Los Blanquiazules are 11/2 to pull off a shock result and 15/4 to claim a well earned point.
Real Madrid are tied with Barcelona on 68 points but above the Catalans due to their superior head-to-head record. Los Blancos returned to the summit after a 2-0 success on home soil against Mallorca, courtesy of strikes from Vinicius and Sergio Ramos.
|Our Eurotips||Odds||Free bets||Bookie|
|Over 3.5 goals||8/15||Offer|
|Sergio Ramos to score anytime||3/1||Offer|
|Real Madrid to win 2-0||13/2||Offer|
Remarkably, only Benzema has netted more for Madrid this term than the captain and Ramos’ free-kick in Palma was the pick of his 10 strikes to date.
Zinedine Zidane shuffled his pack and gave Gareth Bale a rare start, while Eden Hazard moved in to a more central role off leading forward Benzema.
Bale is unlikely to keep his place in the side with Marco Asensio and Isco pushing for starting roles and the former is 6/4 to net anytime.
Competition for places is fierce at Madrid, particularly in the wide areas, and while Asensio is a favourite of Zidane, Brazilian wonderkids Vinicius and Rodrygo will also fancy their chances of cementing wide roles either side of Hazard.
One to watch for Espanyol: Los Blanquiazules top scorer Wu Lei will spearhead the team and is 9/1 to open proceedings. The Chinese attacker has been strongly linked to Wolves but his immediate priority will be to keep his current employers up.
One to watch for Real Madrid: Hazard, who looks noticeably fitter, is 6/5 to register anytime. The Belgian has yet to justify his hefty price tag but will be influential in the run-in as Los Blancos aim for silverware domestically and on the continent.
Long shot: Marcelo, James Rodriguez, Asensio, Toni Kroos and Isco were all on the substitutes bench in midweek and Zidane knows whichever eleven he puts out, Madrid should always have enough to win. This strength in depth could be a deciding factor in the title race and Los Blancos arguably have a deeper pool of talent that Quique Setien’s challengers. Espanyol will be dogged, but it remains to be seen how long the leaky hosts can contain the opposing forwards. A 4-0 rout in favour of the travelling party is 20/1.