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Real Madrid entertain Catalan rivals Espanyol on Saturday, kicking off at 8:45pm local time. Real Madrid will want to return to winning ways in the league, and they will come up against an Espanyol team that have made an encouraging start to the season.

Home Team: Real Madrid

real madrid betting.footballReal Madrid were in need of their former striker, Cristiano Ronaldo, this past Saturday night as they dropped two points at Athletic Bilbao. However, what added insult to injury was that Ronaldo scored his first two goals for Juventus the next day which gave them an important and narrow victory.

Real Madrid have always been troubled at Athletic Bilbao, so drawing there was not the most surprising result, and they did have to fight back from a goal down to even salvage the draw, with a fine headed goal by Isco. Real Madrid’s biggest rivals, Barcelona, have been the dominant force in domestic football, and it’s always tough to keep up with their ruthlessness’s in the league as they have gained a two point lead over Real Madrid.

Los Blancos will know that they cannot afford to drop points two games in a row, as Barcelona will always be tough to catch up.

Away Team: Espanyol

rcd espanyol la liga bettingAfter a mid-table finish last year, Espanyol will bid to improve on a satisfactory campaign and perhaps push for European places this time round. Their biggest result this season was defeating Valencia 2-0 at home, and they have followed that home game up with another 1-0 victory over Levante. However, their away form is where their coach, Rubi, will be concerned about. Losing 2-1 at Alaves and drawing 1-1 at Celtica Vigo doesn’t provide them much confidence knowing that they have to travel to the Bernabeu this weekend.

As things stand, Espanyol are in the fourth position in the league, but even the most adamant Espanyol fan will not expect them to finish there when the league finishes in May. They now have their toughest test of the season so far, and will they be able to do a favour for their main rivals Barcelona?

Head to Head

In their most recent fixture in February, Espanyol came out on top due to a last minute winner from Gerard Moreno, as Real Madrid’s league chances were in tatters and their primary focus was to win the Champions League.

Before that particular game though, Real Madrid have been the dominant team in this fixture’s history. 2-0, 2-0, 6-0, 6-0, 4-1 were the 5 results before Real Madrid’s defeat to Espanyol in February, and this shows the dominance Real Madrid have over their Catalan rivals.

At the Bernabeu, Espanyol haven’t won since 1996, and between then and now, Real Madrid have won all but three times against Espanyol, usually in devastating fashion.

Real Madrid vs Espanyol Predictions and Betting Tips

la liga betting.footballReal Madrid are predicted to go back to winning ways, and are backed at 2/9 to get the job done. For Espanyol’s first win at the Bernabeu since 1996, they have odds of 12/1, with a draw being priced at 5/1. Real Madrid are expected to dismantle Espanyol as they usually do, so my first tip would be to bet on 3-0 triumph for the home side at 7/1. Espanyol have drawn at the Bernabeu three times in the past 20 years, and all those times have ended 2-2.

If Espanyol were to get another famous point at the Bernabeu, then you get generous odds of 22/1 at another 2-2 score line. Crazier things have happened in football, but not many people will bet any money on Espanyol getting the victory, but for them to edge this game 1-0, is at an incredible 40/1.

It’s amazing to think that if Espanyol do win, they leap-frog Real Madrid in the league.

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