Espanyol and Real Madrid have long had a somewhat friendly relationship, largely brought about by a mutual disdain for FC Barcelona and it’s safe to say that Los Blancos usually have things all their own way when the two clubs meet. They’ve an excellent record on this ground and they will be confident of extending it here given their current form.
Real are playing as well as they have done all season right now. They’ve won all of their last five games, scoring three or more goals in each of them. Their front three has taken it’s time to really find anything like top gear this term but goals for Benzema and Bale as well as a brace for Ronaldo on Saturday against Alaves suggests they are getting back to their best now.
Ronaldo in fairness had been on a good run in front of goal even prior to that game and now has 12 goals in his last 7 matches in all competitions, which is certainly an ominous sign for Espanyol. Backing Cristiano Ronaldo to score anytime could be well worth a punt here.
As for Espanyol, they’ve been having an unremarkable campaign. They head into this match on the back of four straight draws, a run that started with a home point in the Barcelona derby but they won’t be quite so motivated here and given they’ve failed to win a league game since 8th January, it’s hard to see an upset.
Zinedine Zidane has been rotating his squad in recent weeks with the games coming thick and fast. We may see changes here too but they aren’t likely to be wholesale switches. with the Frenchman more likely to heavily rotate at the weekend against Getafe, which comes just 3 days before the return clash with PSG in Paris.
Real Madrid average 2.08 points per game on their travels this term, which is more than they’ve managed at home. Their away record is not the reason they are so far out of title contention. They’ve taken 10 points from their last 4 away in the league, which includes impressive wins in tough games at Valencia, where they netted 4 and Real Betis, where they hit 5.
Given that and given 83% of their away league games this season have seen over 2.5 goals scored, backing Real Madrid & Over 2.5 Goals looks good.
Espanyol could pose problems on the break though. In Gerard Moreno they have a reliable finisher and given 75% of Real Madrid away games this term have seen both teams score, backing Real Madrid & Both Teams to Score also appeals.
Head To Head
Real have won the last 5 meetings to nil. They’ve also won on all of their last 5 visits to the RCDE Stadium.
Espanyol vs Real Madrid Stats
- Espanyol have just a 38% home win ratio in La Liga this season.
- Real Madrid have conceded in 75% of their away games this term in the league.
- 6 of their last 7 away matches in all competitions have seen over 2.5 goals scored.