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Real Madrid vs. Espanyol Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews

03 December 2019

Saturday December 7

Santiago Bernabeu – La Liga

Real Madrid will be aiming to retake the title initiative at home to Espanyol, with La Liga rivals Barcelona playing later in the day. Espanyol won’t want to do their Catalan neighbours any favours, but they’re in dire relegation trouble themselves.

Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema Source:: Javier Barbancho, Action Images/Reuters

Past Meetings

Real Madrid won home and away against the Catalan side last season, with Espanyol side without a win at the Santiago Bernabeu since 2007.

Team News

Zinedine Zidane does have a few injury concerns ahead of the weekend, with Eden Hazard set to miss another week through injury, and defender Nacho Fernandez struggling to be fit in time.

Espanyol manager Pablo Machin has a growing injury list to contend with, as Ander Iturraspe, Javi Puado, Sebastien Corchia, Facundo Ferreyra, Naldo, Matias Vargas and Victor Mata all set to miss out.

Real Madrid vs. Espanyol Preview and Predictions

Real Madrid topped La Liga last weekend, albeit for 24 hours, as they battled to a 2-1 win away at Alaves. Zidane’s side will be pushing to keep the pressure on Barcelona ahead of their El Clasico meeting on December 18, and they are unbeaten in their last eight games, with six wins in all competitions.

Espanyol are already in early season relegation trouble, after a nightmare recent run of now in in their last six La Liga games. Machin is finding balancing the demands of the Europa League and La Liga difficult, as he looks to steer them out of the bottom three.

Los Blancos should have little issue picking up another three points at home, with a win coming in at 0.5. Real Madrid have been in goalscoring form at home in recent weeks, scoring more than two goals in five of their last six games, and a Real Madrid win, with over 1.5 goals scored is at 0.3.

Recommended Bets

Real Madrid to win 2-0 at 6.0

Zidane’s side are in excellent form, and know they cannot afford to drop any points, with Barcelona looking to put daylight between the two teams in the title race.

Karim Benzema to score first at 3.0

Benzema has been the main man for Real Madrid so far this season, leading the La Liga scoring charts with 10 goals in 13 games. He also has a good record against Espanyol, with three in his last four against them.

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