Real Madrid can be crowned as La Liga champions for 35th time in their history this weekend when Carlo Ancelotti’s men welcome Espanyol at Santiago Bernabeu. Los Blancos are coming off a 4-3 away defeat in the first leg of the Champions League semi-final against Manchester City, but this shouldn’t be a distraction, with the domestic title all but wrapped up.
Where and when: Santiago Bernabeu – 30 April, kick-off 15:15
Where you can see Osasuna vs. Real Madrid: Eleven La Liga TV, Bet365 Live Streaming
Last time: Espanyol earned a sensational 2-1 win over Real Madrid at RCDE Stadium back in October, as Raul de Tomas and Aleix Vidal were on target for the Catalans, while Karim Benzema scored the consolation goal for Los Blancos.
Real Madrid vs. Espanyol Predictions and Preview
Despite losing the first leg of their Champions League semi-final, Real Madrid should be pleased by their 4-3 defeat away to Manchester City. Carlo Ancelotti’s men were trailing by 2:0 after just 12 minutes, but can now prepare for the second leg at Santiago Bernabeu with a disadvantage of only one goal.
The Manchester City clash is on Wednesday, which means that Ancelotti will be forced to shuffle his pack for the game against Espanyol. Real hold a 15-points lead over second-placed Barcelona which means that a victory on Saturday would almost certainly result in Los Blancos lifting the title.
The visitors, meanwhile, are coming off a 1-0 home defeat against Rayo Vallecano and this was the second consecutive loss for Vicente Moreno’s side. The Catalans were beaten 2-1 by Atletico Madrid in the previous week and have now dropped to 13th place as a result. Despite this, Espanyol are still nine points above the danger zone, so the Blue and Whites should be safe with only five rounds to go.
Real Madrid vs. Espanyol full time result odds
Carlo Ancelotti will be short of options, as Eden Hazard, Luka Jovic and Mariano Diaz are injured, while Nacho Fernandez and Eder Militao are both suspended. The Italian tactician will be tempted to rotate some of his starters considering the upcoming second leg against Manchester City, but despite this it’s hard to look beyond a victory for Real Madrid at 11/21.
Meanwhile, the visitors will be at full strength and will be looking to take advantage of the hosts’ European distraction. Espanyol haven’t beaten Real Madrid at Santiago Bernabeu since 1996, so odds of 13/2 for a visitors’ win do them justice.
Real Madrid vs. Espanyol both teams to score odds
Nine of the last 11 games between those teams did not see both teams finding the back of the net, while the same applies for four of Real’s last five home games. No in the BTTS market is priced at 11/10, while the odds raise to 13/8 if you pair this with a victory for the hosts in this Real Madrid vs Espanyol tips.
Real Madrid vs. Espanyol correct score odds
Three of the last four games between those teams at Santiago Bernabeu ended in 2-0 victories for Real Madrid. This was also the result in Los Blancos’ last home game, as they beat Getafe with the same scoreline last week. A 2-0 victory for the hosts on Saturday is priced at 39/5 in these Real Madrid vs Espanyol preview.
Real Madrid vs. Espanyol first goalscorer odds
Karim Benzema’s brace against Manchester City means that the Frenchman has now netted the sensational 41 goals for Real Madrid in all competitions. 25 of those were scored in La Liga including one in the first game against Espanyol. Benzema is 13/5 to break the deadlock against the Catalans, while the odds raise to 30/1 if he does so and the Real end up winning 2-0.