Real Madrid will be hoping to build on their recent league victories over Real Betis and Sevilla as they travel to an out-of-form Espanyol, who have lost eight of their last nine matches in La Liga. The visitors, despite having a number of injury absentees, are favourites to win this match.
Where and when: RCDE Stadium, Cornella de Llobregat – 27 January, kick-off 19:45
Where you can see Espanyol vs. Real Madrid: William Hill
Last time: Marco Asensio’s goal saw Madrid edge out Espanyol 1-0 at the Bernabeu earlier this season, although Espanyol stunned Los Blancos 1-0 at the RCDE Stadium last season with Gerard Moreno’s last-minute goal. Madrid have won 12 of the last 13 matches against Espanyol, who have won just one of the last 24 encounters.
|Under 1.5 goals||16/5||Offer|
|Borja Iglesias anytime scorer||39/20||Offer|
Espanyol vs. Real Madrid Predictions and Preview
Espanyol are in a dreadful run of form having lost eight of their last nine league games including each of the last two.
The Catalan club were second in early November but their slump in form has seen them drop to 13th in the standings and looking over their shoulders in relation to a possible relegation battle.
Real Madrid have a host of injury absentees for this clash with Keylor Navas, Toni Kroos, Gareth Bale, Mariano Diaz and Marco Asensio among those to have missed recent games.
Their recent victories over Real Betis and Sevilla have lifted them back into the top three for the first time since September although they are still 10 points adrift of league leaders Barcelona.
If you fancy the away side to be leading at both half-time and at the final whistle, such odds are available at 19/10.
One to watch for Espanyol: Borja Iglesias has hit nine La Liga goals this season and is the main attacking reference point for the hosts, netting three times in his last two appearances in the RCDE Stadium. The in-form forward is at 39/20 to find the net in this game.
One to watch for Real Madrid: Karim Benzema is Madrid’s top scorer this season with 12 goals across all competitions and has recovered from a hand injury. His latest goal was at Villarreal at the start of the month and he is 31/20 to score here.
Long shot: Of the last seven meetings between the sides, only one side has managed to score while both teams have scored in just two of the last 13 clashes. Furthermore, Espanyol have scored just four times in their last seven La Liga games while Madrid have failed to score twice in their last five. Odds of this game to finish scoreless are at 12/1.