The fixture between hosts Real Madrid and Espanyol will take place on 22/09/2018, starting at 21:45. Real Madrid needs a win after losing 2 points in the championship due to a tie in a clash against Athletic Bilbao in the last round.
Hosts Los Blancos scored a 3-0 win mid-week in a UEFA Champions League game against Roma. Isco, Gareth Bale, and Mariano Diaz all netted goals during the match.
On the other hand, Espanyol has played 4 games since the start of the season, which resulted in 2 wins, 1 defeat, and a tie. Espanyol prevailed over Levante in their last game. There is no room for doubt the players of coach Rubi will lack no motivation in the forthcoming clash against Los Blancos.
Real Madrid vs. Espanyol Odds
The expectations of most analysts are for Real Madrid to prevail in this clash, even more so considering the team is hosting the game on their home stadium Santiago Bernabéu. In our opinion, Espanyol should not be underestimated and may surprise with a win this Saturday, despite the fact they have not hosted a winning match against Los Blancos since 1996.
According to one of the largest bookmakers, bet365, the odds of Real Madrid winning are 2-11 (1.22). The draw is priced at 6-1 (7.00) while a win for Espanyol has odds of 12-1 (13.00).
Real Madrid vs. Espanyol Head to Head
The last three fixtures between the two teams ended with 2 wins for Real Madrid and 1 win for Espanyol.
27 Feb 2018 Espanyol 1 – 0 Real Madrid
1 Oct 2017 Real Madrid 2 – 0 Espanyol
18 Feb 2018 Real Madrid 2 – 0 Espanyol
The two teams have played a total of 31 games – 24 of those have ended in wins for Real Madrid, 4 have resulted in wins for Espanyol, and 3 have ended in ties.
Real Madrid vs. Espanyol News
No Real Madrid players have sustained injuries lately so the only question is who will be in the starting 11, Marco Asensio or Isco.
Espanyol’s left winger, Javier Puado Díaz, will not feature due to injury.
The possible line-ups for the two teams are:
Real Madrid: Courtois, Odriozola, Nacho, Ramos, Marcelo, Modric, Kroos, Ceballos, Asensio, Benzema, Bale
Espanyol: Diego Lopez, Javi Lopez, David Lopez, Hermoso, Vila, Darder, Roca, Granero, Baptistao, Iglesias, Garcia
Real Madrid vs. Espanyol Predictions
Most analysts predict a sure win with a two-goal margin for Real Madrid. We share the opinion Los Blancos will record a win as hosts although we will not take it upon ourselves to give you an exact score.