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The pick of Sunday’s football schedule sees Zinedine Zidane’s Real Madrid head to Catalonia and, while it might not be the Clasico, it has the potential to be a memorable night for the boys in white.
Espanyol won’t make it easy for the visitors, but the Blancos will be confident about maintaining their place as the early pacesetters by keeping their 100% league record going strong. Can Cristiano Ronaldo and co. do it? You can find out by watching the action unfold live on Bet365
Espanyol Aiming To End Poor Start
Quique Sanchez Flores has seen plenty to be pleased about in his opening three games at the RCDE Stadium. Yet, despite scoring seven goals in that time, the hosts are still searching for a first win of the season. With this in mind, the visit of the Blancos is not something they’ll be relishing.
Even when they scored four at Sevilla, the Catalonians managed to lose by conceding six. If they show those frailties against Ronaldo, Gareth Bale, and Alvaro Morata, it could be a very long night for goalkeeper Diego Lopez – who used to play for Madrid.
Lopez isn’t the only former Blancos man at Espanyol, and Jose Antonio Reyes will hope to produce the moment of magic that he is still capable of at times. Meanwhile, strikers Gerard Moreno and Pablo Piatti are in great form and will be hopeful of capitalising on any tiredness that Madrid show after Wednesday’s dramatic Champions League encounter with Sporting Lisbon.
Espanyol will need to be at their very best to gain anything from this one. Then again, the fact they have nothing to lose could make the hosts a lot more dangerous. Nevertheless, expectations will be very low for this one.
History Beckons For Blancos
Last weekend’s win over Osasuna took Real Madrid’s winning streak to 15 matches in La Liga, equalling a club record that has existed since 1960-61. As they look to set a new record, they could hardly ask for a better opponent.
The Blancos registered successive 6-0 wins in last season’s head-to-head matches, and have won the last eight meetings between the two clubs. The Madrid giants are playing with a swagger and showed their determination with the late turnaround against Sporting on Wednesday night. Theoretically, it should be an easy three points for the visitors.
Football isn’t played on paper, though, and they need to be aware of the threats posed by Espanyol. Nevertheless, if Toni Kroos, Casemiro and Luka Modric can dominate the midfield battle, the Blancos will have a fantastic chance of creating history.
It could be a massive night in Madrid’s action, and is another important match for the early season race between the Blancos and fierce rivals Barcelona. You wouldn’t want to miss it and, with Bet365 live streaming, you don’t need to. Let’s just hope we can land some profit too.
Espanyol v Real Madrid Betting
Despite conceding hoem advantage, it’s Real Madrid who enter Sunday’s showdown as the overwhelming favourites at 1/3. Bet365 make Espanyol the 15/2 underdogs while the draw can be backed at 9/2.
After such a dramatic night on Wednesday, Zidane’s men will want to make things far more comfortable this time around by having things wrapped up early.
Given last season’s results, as well as the defensive deficiencies of Espanyol, we have to fancy the Blancos to seal history with a routine win. We’ll be backing them to win by at least two goals.
If Real do enjoy another rout, it’s likely that Ronaldo will be the main source of goals once more. The inspirational 31-year-old has hit the ground running since returning from injury, with two goals in two games, and he will expect more here.
In fact, we think he’ll double his seasonal tally by netting at least two. If he does, his side’s place in the record books should be cemented.
Real Madrid -1.5 Asian handicap @ 41/40 with Bet365
Cristiano Ronaldo to score 2+ goals @ 9/4 with Bet365