Real Madrid will be hoping to bounce back to winning ways after their draw at Athletic Bilbao last weekend but will host an in-form Espanyol on Saturday night. Madrid have 10 points from their opening four games while the Catalan side have a credible seven.
Where and when: Estadio Santiago Bernabéu, Madrid– 22 September, kick-off 19:45
Where you can see Real Madrid vs. Espanyol: Eleven Sports, William Hill
Last time: A last minute Gerard Moreno goal ensured a dramatic victory for Espanyol at the RCDE Stadium back in February. However, Madrid had won each of the 11 matches between the two before that match.
|Real Madrid to win||1/6||Offer|
|Under 2.5 goals||19/10||Offer|
|Real Madrid to lead at half time/full time||10/21||Offer|
Real Madrid vs. Espanyol Predictions and Preview
Real Madrid follow up their midweek Champions League clash with Roma by returning to La Liga action against Espanyol on Saturday evening.
The European champions had started the league campaign faultlessly under new boss Julen Lopetegui, winning in their clashes with Girona, Getafe and Leganes, before being held 1-1 by Athletic Club in Bilbao last time out.
The Catalan club have made a strong start to their league campaign with victories over Levante and Valencia, coupled with a draw at Celta Vigo and defeat to Alaves.
The home side are strong favourites to win this encounter at odds of 1/6, with Espanyol priced at 12/1 and the draw available at 7/2.
This is like to be a dominant affair from the hosts with the Espanyol likely to sit back and contain Madrid. With that in mind, under 2.5 goals at 19/10 appears to offer value, while under 1.5 is at 5/1.
However, if you think that Madrid’s attacking options will be too much for the visitors and lead to a high-scoring encounter, more than 2.5 goals is at 2/5 although this offers little value.
A ‘double chance’ on Espanyol to come away with either a draw or a win is available at 5/1 while a Madrid win/draw outcome is at 1/25.
If you fancy the home side to be leading at both half-time and at the final whistle, such odds are available at 10/21.
One to watch for Real Madrid: Gareth Bale has scored nine goals in his last 10 appearances for Madrid as he aims to take over the scoring mantle from Cristiano Ronaldo.
One to watch for Espanyol: Borja Iglesias is the main goalscoring threat following Gerard Moreno’s departure to Villarreal. The former Celta Vigo man will be hoping to add to his one goal in four matches to date.
Long shot: In each of the last six meetings between these two, at least one of the sides has failed to find the back of the net. Odds of this game to finish scoreless are available at 32/1.