The best place to be with the regular season winding down is at the top of the table and in control of your own destiny. Players and managers in soccer will tell you that the greatest accomplishment you can have is winning the league, as it requires a high level of consistency over a long period of time. Some champions set the tone early and pull away from the pack, securing the title with weeks to spare, while others are doomed to go all the way to the final game of the season before finally hoisting the trophy. Let’s take a close look at how these teams arrive to this affair so you can make your bets against their LaLiga odds.
Real Madrid Vs Espanyol Game Preview
There are 7 rounds of football to be played in La Liga, and while a lot can change in that time, it really does look as though the title race is going to be a photo finish. Real Madrid are tied on points with Barcelona, but they have the lead thanks to a superior head to head record against the defending champions. The league leaders will know exactly what they have to do on Sunday against Espanyol, as Barcelona will already have played by that point. Read Madrid go on the road favored by 1, with the goal total for this one set at 3.
Why bet on RCD Espanyol
It has been something of a nightmare season for Espanyol, who are currently sitting dead last in La Liga and looking as though they are doomed to make the drop. They are still within reach of safety, but with 5 points to make up and just 5 wins on the season, it would be a brave person who put money on them to survive. They have the second worst defense in the league at the moment, having given up 49 goals in 30 games, but they kept it relatively close in their earlier meeting with Madrid this season, losing that one 2-0 on the road. Things have not been great for this team at home this season, going 2-5-8, while scoring 15 goals and surrendering 27. Getting anything out of this game is going to be tough.
Why bet on Real Madrid
Prior to the lockdown, Real Madrid were in a bit of a slump that had as much to do with their growing injury list than anything else. The time off allowed the to get the squad healthy again, and while they have a 100% record since returning, they have not looked entirely dominant. That said, if they continue to grind out wins, they will finish the season sitting on top. They come into this one on the heels of a 2-0 home win over Mallorca and a gritty 2-1 win on the road against Real Sociedad. They will be back on the road for this one, where they will look to improve on their league best 8-4-3 record. Madrid have scored 24 goals in those 15 games, surrendering just 11.
General Match Info Real Madrid Vs RCD Espanyol
- When: Sunday, June 28 at 4 PM EST
- Where: RCDE Stadium, Cornella de Llobregat
- Real Madrid Vs Espanyol Live: beIN
- Money Lines: Real Madrid wins -233 / Espanyol wins +571 / Draw +353
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
I don’t expect Madrid to go on the road and lay an absolute thumping on Espanyol, but I do think they will come away with a comfortable win.
Pick: Espanyol 0 Real Madrid 2