Espanyol vs Real Madrid
Spanish La Liga
Date: Sunday, 27 January 2019
Kick-Off at 19:45 UK / 20:45 CET
Venue: RCDE Stadium (Cornellà de Llobregat).
Real Madrid will play the Catalan opposition for the second time in just three days as they are set to travel to Cornella de Llobregat for the 21st round tie with Espanyol on Sunday evening at RCDE Stadium.
The match comes right in between two Copa del Rey quarter-final ties against Girona. Los Blancos managed to snatch a two-goal cushion after the first leg thanks to late second-half goals from Sergio Ramos and Karim Benzema.
Santiago Solari’s men thus made it four wins in last five games which is one of rare such threads for the team in this season. Los Blancos bagged two late goals last weekend as well when they saw off Sevilla 2-0 at Estadio Santiago Bernabéu to go three points off Los Rojiblancos in the third position of the Primera Division standings.
Real Madrid are still ten points shy of arch-rivals Barcelona and the title battle may have already been lost. However, there are no doubts the current Champions League holders will be highly motivated to claim the spoils here against the Catalan opposition.
Espanyol vs Real Madrid: Head-to-head
Real Madrid dominated this match-up over the course of history, but they did lose 1-0 in the previous visit to RCDE Stadium in February last year.
Los Blancos won as many as 12 of past 13 H2H games with the Budgerigars.
Interestingly, none of past seven head to head matches saw goals scored at both ends.
Madrid claimed a narrow 1-0 victory in this term of Primera in September at Santiago Bernabeu.
Espanyol vs Real Madrid: Prediction
Espanyol were also in action in mid-week when they dropped a one-goal lead and drew 1-1 at the end against Real Betis in the first leg of their Copa del Rey quarter-final.
Since the team sit in the middle of the standings and have nowhere to go in the remaining part of the season, we would it be surprised to see Rubi giving rest to some of his key players ahead of the reverse fixture against Los Beticos.
As for La Liga, the Budgerigars are on a dreadful thread of eight defeats in past nine matches. They shipped three goals in each of last two league losses to Real Sociedad and Eibar. Based on such form as well as the H2H tradition, we see the massive value in backing Real Madrid to claim the spoils at the odds of 1.80 here.
Espanyol vs Real Madrid: Bet Tips
Real Madrid to win @ 1.80 (4/5)
Real Madrid Over 1.5 Team Goals @ 1.72 (8/11).