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Real Madrid vs Espanyol betting tips: La Liga preview, predictions and odds

Real Madrid vs Espanyol betting tips: La Liga preview, predictions and odds
Real Madrid
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Espanyol Barcelona
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Calero, Fernando
Lopez, David
Benzema, Karim
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76'
Herrera, Yangel
Merida, Fran
Camavinga, Eduardo
Junior, Vinicius
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Rodrygo
Gila, Mario
75'
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Melendo, Oscar
Morlanes, Manu
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Vilhena, Tonny
Vila, Didac
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De Tomas, Raul
Lei, Wu
Casemiro
Isco
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Diaz, Mariano
Benzema, Karim
61'
Modric, Luka
Kroos, Toni
60'
Asensio, Marco
55'
Casemiro
46'
Rodrygo
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Diaz, Mariano
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Rodrygo
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Real Madrid have actually lost two of their last four visits to Cornellà de Llobregat, including a 2-1 defeat in October. However, they’re unbeaten in 25 encounters in Madrid, with Espanyol last beating them in the capital in 1996. Los Blancos have won their last nine home games against the Catalan side, scoring 20 goals. 

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Real Madrid to win and both teams to score NO is 8/5.

Karim Benzema is 13/5 to break the deadlock and 4/6 to score anytime.

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Real Madrid vs Espanyol betting tips: La Liga preview, predictions and odds

MADRID, SPAIN – MARCH 9: Karim Benzema of Real Madrid celebrates 1-1 during the UEFA Champions League match between Real Madrid v Paris Saint Germain at the Santiago Bernabeu on March 9, 2022 in Madrid Spain (Photo by David S. Bustamante/Soccrates/Getty Images)

Will Real Madrid rubber stamp their second La Liga title in three years, and record-extending 35th title overall?

Carlo Ancelotti’s side were last in La Liga action ten days ago, beating Osasuna 3-1, despite Karim Benzema seeing two penalties saved in Pamplona.

David Alaba, Marco Asensio and Lucas Vázquez did manage to find the net though as they left El Sadar with all three points.

This means los Blancos have won eight of their last nine league games so are 15 points clear of Barcelona and would confirm the title with just a draw in this one.

Of course, this would be a big achievement but, with this coming in-between two Champions League ties, Ancelotti’s main focus might be elsewhere.

Last Tuesday, Real Madrid were part of yet another Champions League classic, actually losing 4-3 on the night to Manchester City.

Karim Benzema scoring twice, the first an impossible header, followed by a Panenka penalty, with Vinícius Júnior also netted after a long solo-run.

As mentioned, Real were beaten in Manchester but, only a goal down, they’ll bring the Premier League champions back to Spain confident of a remontada.

Here, Espanyol will be looking to play the role of party poopers.

Vicente Moreno’s side suffered a shock 1-0 home defeat to Rayo Vallecano in their last game nine days ago.

This means they have lost back-to-back games for only the third time this season, last losing three on the bounce in July 2020 when they were relegated.

Blanquiazules’ form more generally is inconsistent, epitomised by the fact they’re 13th in the table.

Will it be a day of big celebrations at Estadio Santiago Bernabéu?

Real Madrid team news

Real Madrid vs Espanyol betting tips: La Liga preview, predictions and odds

MADRID, SPAIN – JANUARY 23: Luka Modrić of Real Madrid celebrates goal 1-2 during the La Liga Santander match between Real Madrid v Elche at the Santiago Bernaubeu on January 23, 2022 in Madrid Spain (Photo by David S. Bustamante/Soccrates/Getty Images)

With that game against Manchester City on the horizon, Carlo Ancelotti will make sweeping changes to his XI.

He does though have shortage of centre-backs with David Alaba a doubt, while Nacho and Éder Militão are both suspended due to yellow card accumulation.

So Jesús Vallejo, who’s made just three appearances this season, totaling 14 minutes, could make his first Real start since 12 May 2019.

That day didn’t go particularly well for him as he was sent off just 39 minutes into a 3-1 defeat at Real Sociedad.

Alongside could be Dani Carvajal with Lucas Vázquez and Marcelo therefore deputising at full-back.

In midfield, Casemiro sat out Tuesday’s game in Manchester but there is optimism he’ll be able to feature in the second leg.

None of their other key players, Toni Kroos, Luka Modrić, Vinícius Júnior or Karim Benzema, are likely to be in the XI for this one.

So, Eduardo Camavinga, Dani Ceballos, Isco, Marco Asensio and even the less-spotted Gareth Bale could start.

Eden Hazard didn’t travel to Manchester due to an injury so will miss a rare opportunity for minutes.

Espanyol team news

Real Madrid vs Espanyol betting tips: La Liga preview, predictions and odds

Raúl de Tomás (RCD Espanyol) celebrates after scoring, during La Liga soccer match between RCD Espanyol and Real Madrid CF, at Cornella-El Prat Stadium on October 3, 2021 in Barcelona, Spain. Foto: Siu Wu. (Photo by Siu Wu/picture alliance via Getty Images)

In contrast, Vicente Moreno’s men haven’t played for 10 days so will be at full strength here.

Raúl de Tomás opened the scoring as Espanyol won the reverse fixture, but will play at the Bernabéu for the very first time here.

40 year old goalkeeper Diego López won a Champions League and Copa del Rey double in 2014 with Real, making 73 appearances for them.

However, he’s conceded 38 goals in 17 appearances against los Blancos, keeping just a solitary clean sheet.

Real Madrid vs Espanyol Barcelona form
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Liverpool FC vs Real Madrid - 0:1
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Real Madrid vs Real Betis Seville - 0:0
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Cadiz CF vs Real Madrid - 1:1
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Real Madrid vs Levante UD - 6:0
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Atletico Madrid vs Real Madrid - 1:0
Latest match form, last 5 games:
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Granada CF vs Espanyol Barcelona - 0:0
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Espanyol Barcelona vs Valencia CF - 1:1
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Deportivo Alaves vs Espanyol Barcelona - 2:1
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Espanyol Barcelona vs CA Osasuna - 1:1
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Real Madrid vs Espanyol Barcelona - 4:0
Last 5 games for Real Madrid
May 28, 2022 UEFA Champions League 21/22 Liverpool FC 0  - 1 Real Madrid
May 20, 2022 LaLiga 21/22 Real Madrid 0  - 0 Real Betis Seville
May 15, 2022 LaLiga 21/22 Cadiz CF 1  - 1 Real Madrid
May 12, 2022 LaLiga 21/22 Real Madrid 6  - 0 Levante UD
May 8, 2022 LaLiga 21/22 Atletico Madrid 1  - 0 Real Madrid
Last 5 games for Espanyol Barcelona
May 22, 2022 LaLiga 21/22 Granada CF 0  - 0 Espanyol Barcelona
May 14, 2022 LaLiga 21/22 Espanyol Barcelona 1  - 1 Valencia CF
May 11, 2022 LaLiga 21/22 Deportivo Alaves 2  - 1 Espanyol Barcelona
May 8, 2022 LaLiga 21/22 Espanyol Barcelona 1  - 1 CA Osasuna
April 30, 2022 LaLiga 21/22 Real Madrid 4  - 0 Espanyol Barcelona
Real Madrid vs Espanyol Barcelona LaLiga 21/22 form
Real Madrid Espanyol Barcelona
38 Matches played 38
26 Matches won 10
602 Goal attempts 349
247 Shots on goal 134
231 Shots off goal 156
218 Corner kicks 172
58% Average ball possession 46%
124 Shots blocked 59
76 Cards given 103
499 Free kicks 617
103 Offsides 68
5 Shots on post 0
7 Shots on bar 7
71 Goals by foot 34
9 Goals by head 5
80 Goals scored 40
31 Goals conceded 53
Real Madrid vs Espanyol Barcelona statistics for most recent head to head matches
Real Madrid Espanyol Barcelona
56 Matches 56
28 Home Matches 28
28 Away Matches 28
120 Total Goals 39
2.14 Average Goals Scored 0.7
41 Wins 9
9 Losses 41
6 Draws 6
Last 5 games & match results between Real Madrid and Espanyol Barcelona
April 30, 2022 LaLiga 21/22 Real Madrid 4  - 0 Espanyol Barcelona
October 3, 2021 LaLiga 21/22 Espanyol Barcelona 2  - 1 Real Madrid
June 28, 2020 LaLiga 19/20 Espanyol Barcelona 0  - 1 Real Madrid
December 7, 2019 LaLiga 19/20 Real Madrid 2  - 0 Espanyol Barcelona
January 27, 2019 LaLiga 18/19 Espanyol Barcelona 2  - 4 Real Madrid

La Liga table:

# Team MP W D L F A D P
1 Athletic Bilbao 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2 Atletico Madrid 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 CA Osasuna 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4 Cadiz CF 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
5 Elche CF 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
6 Espanyol Barcelona 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
7 FC Barcelona 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
8 Getafe CF 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
9 Girona FC 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
10 Rayo Vallecano 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
11 RC Celta de Vigo 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
12 RCD Mallorca 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
13 Real Betis Seville 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
14 Real Madrid 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
15 Real Sociedad San Sebastian 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
16 Real Valladolid 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
17 Sevilla FC 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
18 UD Almeria 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
19 Valencia CF 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
20 Villarreal CF 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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What time is kick off between Real Madrid vs Espanyol Barcelona?

14:15, Saturday 30 April 2022