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Espanyol vs. Real Madrid Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews

26 June 2020

Sunday 28 June

RCDE Stadium – La Liga

Karim Benzema celebrates with his Real Madrid teammates Source: Alvaro Barrientos/Shutterstock

It is top vs. bottom as La Liga title challengers Real Madrid head to basement side Espanyol this weekend. The Catalans are running out of games to save their top-flight status.

Past Meetings

Real Madrid won 2-0 at home to the Catalan side earlier this season, and Los Blancos have won 13 of their last 14 league games against Espanyol.

Rafael Varane and Karim Benzema scored the goals in December, while the last time Madrid went to Espanyol’s part of Barcelona, they claimed a 4-2 win. Benzema got two while Sergio Ramos and Gareth Bale were also on target, but Varane was sent off.

Team News

Espanyol will be without full #-back Bernardo through suspension, with Raul De Tomas sidelined through injury.

Real Madrid are missing Nacho Fernandez, Isco and Luka Jovic, but Sergio Ramos and Lucas Vazquez should be fit in time to play.

Espanyol vs. Real Madrid Preview and Predictions

Espanyol remain mired deep in relegation trouble, following the restart of the La Liga season at the start of June.

A 2-0 home win over Alaves raised confidence for Abelardo’s side, but it was quickly followed by a 0-0 draw at Getafe and a defeat at home to Levante.

Real Madrid returned to the top of La Liga thanks to a stumble from arch rivals Barcelona, with Zinedine Zidane’s side now in the driving seat to win the title. Los Blancos have a 100% record following their own return prior to the midweek game with Real Mallorca, with wins over Eibar, Valencia and Real Sociedad.

Despite the visitors being in desperate need of points, it is very difficult to see past anything other than a straightforward away win – priced at 1.44. With Real Madrid conceding in two of their last three games, and Espanyol scoring in every home La Liga game since October, this game is likely to have goals in it. With that in mind, a both teams to score bet comes in at 1.95.

Recommended Bets

Real Madrid to win 2-1 at 8.75

Zidane’s side need to maintain their form as they push for a first La Liga title since 2017, with Barcelona ready to pounce on any potential stumble from Los Blancos. The writing looks to be on the wall for Espanyol, with a five point gap separating them from safety.

Karim Benzema to score anytime at 1.80

Benzema’s form has been central to Real Madrid’s title challenge, with the former French international netting 17 La Liga goals in 2019-20. He has also returned to action in good form this month, with three goals in three games since the restart.