Espanyol - Real Madrid

1X2 / Moneyline
Pick: Real Madrid
Odds: 1.71
Stake: 1

Match date: 03/10/2021

Spain - LaLiga, R8

The current leader, Real Madrid is visiting Barcelona to meet Espanyol. The host was relegated in 2019/20 but after spending one season is LaLiga 2, Espanyol immediately earned promotion. So they're not the typical newcomer from whom is expected to struggle in the top flight. But, so far season was far from good for Espanyol who has won in just one of seven rounds. So I believe they're beatable opponent for Real Madrid from whom is expected strong bounce back after embarrassing result during the midweek in the Champions League. 

Real Madrid 1:2 Sheriff was probably the biggest Champions League upset not this season but for a long time.  

Carlo Ancelotti used back then semi mixed squad. Eden Hazard got the chance to play but was far from good. Luka Jovic has entered as a substitute but for short time on the pitch, it was same old story with him. So no wonder the Serbian international isn't among Ancelotti's main options. 

Today is expected the strongest lineup possible from the players who are available.

Real Madrid squad:

Goalkeepers: Courtois, Lunin and Luis López.

Defense: E. Milit?o, Alaba, Vallejo, Nacho and Miguel.

Midfield: Kroos, Modrić, Casemiro, Valverde, Lucas V. And Camavinga.

Attack: Hazard, Benzema, Jović, Vini Jr. and Rodrygo.

So Marco Asensio, Isco and Mariano Diaz are left out of the squad while Dani Ceballos, Gareth Bale, Marcelo, Ferland Mendy and Dani Carvajal are injured. But no doubt Ancelotti is able to choose here enough strong 11 from the above mentioned available players.  

The hosts have absent/questionable players in Miguel Llambrich, Javier Puado/Oier Olazabal, Fernando Calero and Yangel Herrera.

I must give advantage here to Real. The current odds in my opinion are worth of risk. If we put aside mentioned midweek Champions League failure, Real has played more than good in the season so far. 

Real has scored already 21 times in LaLiga (3 per game) and now they meet opponent who really struggle to score (only 4 goals for Espanyol in 7 rounds). 

My expected score is 2:0 or 3:0 victory for Real Madrid.  

LOST Score: 2:1 Profit: -1
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