The early Saturday action in La Liga sees title contenders Real Madrid host an out-of-form Espanyol, who have won just two league games all season. Madrid are favourites to win but this could prove a potential banana skin for their title ambitions.
Where and when: Estadio Santiago Bernabeu, Madrid – 7 December, kick-off 12:00
Where you can see Real Madrid vs. Espanyol: William Hill, Premier Sports
Last time: Real Madrid ran out 3-0 victors in the Spanish capital when the two met last December, but Alaves stunned Los Blancos 1-0 at Mendizorroza in October with a last gasp goal from Manu Garcia.
|Our Eurotips||Odds||Free bets||Bookie|
|Espanyol double chance||7/2||Offer|
|Under 2.5 goals||7/4||Offer|
|Karim Benzema anytime scorer||7/10||Offer|
Real Madrid vs. Espanyol Predictions and Preview
Real Madrid have undergone a turbulent campaign so far but are unbeaten in eight across all competitions – winning six in that time – with just one defeat in their last 14, at Real Mallorca.
However, despite a recent disappointing scoreless draw at home to Real Betis – they won emphatically at Eibar and Real Sociedad before edging out Alaves last time out and sit level on points with Barcelona at the top of the league.
Espanyol are second from bottom in La Liga and have just two wins and nine points from 15 league outings to date, with new boss Pablo Machin already under pressure to deliver.
The Catalan side have lost nine of their last nine league outings and have just one point from their last five.
The hosts are unsurprisingly big favourites for this encounter at odds of 2/11 with an Espanyol victory priced at 16/1 and the draw available at 6/1.
Madrid have six clean sheets in 10 and eight in total all season, so under 2.5 goals at 7/4 appears to be a solid bet with under 1.5 at 5/1.
A ‘double chance’ on Espanyol to come away with either a draw or a win is available at 7/2 while a Madrid win/draw outcome is at 1/66.
If you fancy the home side to be leading at both half-time and at the final whistle, such odds are available at 7/10.
One to watch for Real Madrid: Karim Benzema netted a highly credible 30 goals last campaign for Madrid and already has 10 from 13 in the league this time out. Is priced at 7/10 to find the net in this game.
One to watch for Espanyol: Chinese striker Wu Lei is the main focal point of the visitors attack but he will be keen to improve on his one league goal so far this season and is available at 5/1 to do so here.
Long shot: Madrid have kept six clean sheets in 10, while Espanyol have just 10 league goals from 15 attempts. Odds of this game to finish scoreless are at 20/1.