Real Madrid vs Espanyol Predictions, Betting Tips and Match Preview

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Real Madrid vs Espanyol Match Prediction

By Gary Gillles

Real Madrid announced the return to form with a comfortable 2-1 win over Deportivo Alaves during the weekend. The returning Cristiano Ronaldo was not the start of the show, as the credit went to Dani Ceballos, who came up with a brace in the first half. Manu Garcia scored a goal in between the two strikes from the 21-year-old. In the midweek Champions League action, Ronaldo returned to form with a brace against Borussia Dortmund. Gareth Bale was the other scorer in the 3-1 win. Espanyol beat Deportivo La Coruna 4-1 at the RCDE Stadium during the weekend. Leo Baptistao and an own goal from Alejandro Arribas started proceedings for Espanyol, but Celso Borges’ goal in the 53rd minute threatened to spark a comeback. A late brace from Gerard Moreno ensured a comfortable win for Espanyol.

Here we have our SBAT match preview with all the best predictions, betting tips and match stats.

Betting Tips and Predictions

Madrid come into the game after having won the last six matches against Espanyol. One has to go all the way back to 2007 in order to witness Espanyol getting a victory over Madrid and to 1996 in order to see the team’s last win at the Santiago Bernabeu. Despite concerns about poor form, Madrid have shown enough in the last two matches to suggest that they can get a win. The team has kept five clean sheets in the last six games against Espanyol, who have failed to score in three of the last five games. I would go with a clean sheet for Real Madrid. Cristiano Ronaldo has scored an astonishing 11 goals in the last four league matches against Espanyol. He is back on form after scoring a brace against Dortmund in the midweek match. I would go with Ronaldo to score the first goal in the game.

Real Madrid clean sheet – 5/6

Cristiano Ronaldo to score 1st – 15/8

Real Madrid scored over 1.5 goals in 9 out of their last 10 games played

Real Madrid have conceeded only 3 goals in their last 10 games against Espanyol

Espanyol saw over 1.5 goals in 8 out of their last 10 games played against Real Madrid

AVG Goals

1.5

BTTS

Over 2.5

Over 3.5

Over 1.5 1H Goals

Over 1.5 2H Goals

Real Madrid Form Guide

Real Madrid Team Logo

Real Madrid

Won

5

Draw

4

Lost

1
W A

15-04-2018

Primera Division

Malaga Team Logo Malaga

FT 1 - 2

(HT 0 - 1)

D H

18-04-2018

Primera Division

Athletic Bilbao Team Logo Athletic Bilbao

FT 1 - 1

(HT 0 - 1)

W A

25-04-2018

Champions League Final Stage

Bayern Munich Team Logo Bayern Munich

FT 1 - 2

(HT 1 - 1)

W H

28-04-2018

Primera Division

Leganes Team Logo Leganes

FT 2 - 1

(HT 2 - 0)

D H

01-05-2018

Champions League Final Stage

Bayern Munich Team Logo Bayern Munich

FT 2 - 2

(HT 1 - 1)

D A

06-05-2018

Primera Division

Barcelona Team Logo Barcelona

FT 2 - 2

(HT 1 - 1)

L A

09-05-2018

Primera Division

Sevilla Team Logo Sevilla

FT 3 - 2

(HT 2 - 0)

W H

12-05-2018

Primera Division

Celta Vigo Team Logo Celta Vigo

FT 6 - 0

(HT 3 - 0)

D A

19-05-2018

Primera Division

Villarreal Team Logo Villarreal

FT 2 - 2

(HT 0 - 2)

W H

26-05-2018

Champions League Final Stage

Liverpool Team Logo Liverpool

FT 3 - 1

(HT 0 - 0)

Espanyol Form Guide

Espanyol Team Logo

Espanyol

Won

4

Draw

2

Lost

4
L A

17-03-2018

Primera Division

Real Betis Team Logo Real Betis

FT 3 - 0

(HT 1 - 0)

D H

01-04-2018

Primera Division

Alaves Team Logo Alaves

FT 0 - 0

(HT 0 - 0)

L A

08-04-2018

Primera Division

Valencia Team Logo Valencia

FT 1 - 0

(HT 1 - 0)

L A

15-04-2018

Primera Division

Getafe Team Logo Getafe

FT 1 - 0

(HT 0 - 0)

L H

18-04-2018

Primera Division

Eibar Team Logo Eibar

FT 0 - 1

(HT 0 - 1)

W A

22-04-2018

Primera Division

Girona Team Logo Girona

FT 0 - 2

(HT 0 - 1)

D H

28-04-2018

Primera Division

Las Palmas Team Logo Las Palmas

FT 1 - 1

(HT 0 - 1)

W A

06-05-2018

Primera Division

Atletico Madrid Team Logo Atletico Madrid

FT 0 - 2

(HT 0 - 0)

W H

13-05-2018

Primera Division

Malaga Team Logo Malaga

FT 4 - 1

(HT 3 - 1)

W A

20-05-2018

Primera Division

Athletic Bilbao Team Logo Athletic Bilbao

FT 0 - 1

(HT 0 - 1)

Real Madrid Preview

Real Madrid have brushed aside concerns about poor form with two key victories. However, the return to the Santiago Bernabeu presents a psychological block to the team, and it remains to be seen if manager Zinedine Zidane will be able to get his players to brush aside those concerns. Real Madrid have not won the first three league matches at the Santiago Bernabeu after more than two decades. Cristiano Ronaldo may have scored a brace in the Champions League game against Dortmund, but Gareth Bale is one of the top scorers in the league with two goals.

Real Madrid Team News

Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane has a couple of injury worries in the form of Theo Hernandez (dislocated shoulder), Mateo Kovacic (groin), Marcelo (hamstring), and Karim Benzema (hamstring).

Espanyol Preview

Espanyol were left in delight with a second win in the last three La Liga matches, but manager Quique Flores will be aware that the team needs to improve a lot – especially in the away matches – in order to start moving up the table. After having started the campaign poorly with just one point in the first three matches, the club will be delighted to have managed seven in the last three. Even though the club have statistically scored seven goals, four of those goals came in the last match against Deportivo La Coruna. Gerard Moreno is the club’s top scorer with three league goals.

Espanyol Team News

Adrian Lopez (meniscus), Javi Lopez (hamstring), and Oscar Gaitan (cruciate ligament) remain on the sidelines for Espanyol.

Real Madrid Last 10 Games Stats

Win Draw Loss

AVG Goals

2.4

BTTS

Over 0.5

Over 1.5

Over 2.5

Over 3.5

BTTS+Win

BTTS+Draw

BTTS+Lose

Cleansheets

H/T Win

Won to Nil

Espanyol Last 10 Games Stats

Win Draw Loss

AVG Goals

1

BTTS

Over 0.5

Over 1.5

Over 2.5

Over 3.5

BTTS+Win

BTTS+Draw

BTTS+Lose

Cleansheets

H/T Win

Won to Nil

Real Madrid vs Espanyol Sidelined Players

Real Madrid
23 Mateo Kovacic Injured
12 Marcelo Injured
15 Theo Hernandez Injured
Espanyol
8 Alvaro Vazquez Injured
16 Javi Lopez Injured
6 Oscar Duarte Injured

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Probably Lineup

No. Pos Player M kg
1 GK Keylor Navas 185 80
19 LB Achraf Hakimi 179 65
4 CD Sergio Ramos 183 75
5 CD Raphael Varane 191 79
6 RB Nacho Fernandez 179 77
10 CM Luka Modric 174 66
14 CM Casemiro 185 84
8 CM Toni Kroos 182 78
20 RF Marco Asensio 182 76
7 LF Cristiano Ronaldo 185 80
22 CF Isco 176 74
No. Pos Player M kg
1 GK Pau Lopez 189 77
24 LB Sergio Sanchez 185 78
15 CD David Lopez 185 80
22 CD Mario Hermoso 181 -
3 RB Aaron Caricol 180 72
21 LM Marc Roca 184 74
25 CM Sergi Darder 180 67
18 CM Javi Fuego 181 74
10 RM Jose Manuel Jurado 173 76
11 CF Leo Baptistao 181 71
7 CF Gerard Moreno 180 75