Espanyol – Real Madrid (Betting tips)
Defending a series of four victories in the Spanish Championship, Real Madrid visits this Tuesday, February 27, Espanyol. The game opens the disputed of the round of number 26 of LaLiga in its version 2017/2018. It will be held at the RCDE stadium in Barcelona, starting at 16h (Brasília time).
The recent performance of Espanyol
The Catalan team also had the same result in their last four matches, but with a quality standard well below what the Real Obtained. There were four equalities. The most recent against La Coruna, threatened with relegation, on Friday, February 23, 0-0, at the opponent’s home. That extended to seven the number of games without Espanyol victory that, before the tie sequence, had lost three clashes in a row.
Friday’s result, however, can be considered good. Less by the point conquered and more for avoiding that the Corunna approached in the classification. With 28 points (six wins, ten draws and nine defeats), Espanyol is in 15th place in the Spanish Championship. With 13 days remaining, the only ambition left is to escape relegation.
In this fight, La Coruña is one of the rivals. In the eighteenth position, it has ten points less than Espanyol. It is a margin that can be considered comfortable enough to give tranquility for the team of Catalonia to act in the remaining days.
For the confrontation of this Tuesday, the technician Quique Flores will be able to count on all its main players at disposal. Among the athletes who are usually related to the starting team there are no suspension or injury problems.
The current form of Real Madrid
Although it is in a much higher level, Real Madrid, as well as Espanyol, does not have great pretensions in the Spanish Championship. On Saturday, February 24, at home, thrashed the Alavés by 4 to 0 retaining in the third position. He has accumulated 51 points (15 wins, six draws and four losses).
Keeping the post, which earns a direct place in the group stage of the European Champions League in the 2018/2019 season, is the maximum that can be expected, although the run for the runners-up can be considered open. Atletico Madrid, runner-up, has seven points more. The title is out of the question. Barcelona, leader, has advantage of 14 points.
What really matters for Real in this final stretch is the Champions League match of Europe. The team are in the last 16 and defeated Paris Saint-Germain in Madrid 3-1 in the first match. The return leg is scheduled for the French capital on March 6. This duel has a direct influence on how coach Zinedine Zidane assembles his teams in the Spanish Championship.
The schedule indicates that this Tuesday’s clash should be the last in LaLiga that the French coach is expected to climb his starting team before the game in Paris. In the match scheduled for Saturday, March 3, a team full of reserves must be related to face Getafe in Madrid, aiming to avoid last-minute bruises on the eve of duel that will determine whether the Real will survive or not in the fight for the tri Champions League.
There will also be influence of the medical department in the escalation. Defensively defenders Marcelo (20 games in the 2017/2018 Spanish League, two goals) and Jesus Vallejo (three games, no goal); and midfielder Luka Modric (18 games, one goal) must follow from outside. Also in the infirmary, midfielder Toni Kroos (19 matches, four goals) is still doubtful.
History of the clashes between Espanyol and Real Madrid
The last 11 matches involving the teams ended with a Real Madrid victory. The undefeated team series of the capital is even bigger, reaching 22 clashes (19 wins and three draws). The Spaniard’s most recent success came in 2007. At home, he scored 2-1 in the Spanish Championship.
Very likely with the best team available, Real Madrid is the best guessing option for this Tuesday’s showdown in Catalonia. It has a price of 1.45 in Bet365. Draw shows return of 4.50 and success of the owners of the house multiplies the investment by 7.00. Quotes were in effect at 9:06 am on 2/26/2018.