Real Madrid vs. Espanyol Spanish La Liga Predictions, Picks and Betting Tips 6-28-2020
Real Madrid (20-8-3) vs. Espanyol (16-5-9)
Spanish La Liga soccer on Sunday, June 28, 2020 at 16:00 ET
Venue: RCDE Stadium, Barcelona, Spain
The Line: Real Madrid -232 / Draw +353 /Espanyol +571; O/U 2.75
TV: Fox Sports, beIN Sport, DAZN Deutsch and Digi Sport 2
Real Madrid (WWWWL) and Espanyol (LDWLD) will face off in matchday 32 of the Spanish La Liga during the weekend at the RCDE Stadium in Barcelona.
Real Madrid is the most successful La Liga team with 33 wins and is looking to win the title again for the 34th time. The Madrid stars are on top of the league table with 68 points, tied with their league rival, Barcelona. So far this season, Real Madrid has recorded 20 wins, 8 draws, and 3 losses. In their last time out, Real Madrid secured another win against Mallorca to record their 4th win in a row. Also, Zidane's side has won each of the previous games by at least 2 goals and a total of 10 goals scored in their 4 previous wins. In their last game, Junior Vinicius and Sergio Ramos scored a goal in each half of the game to record a 2-0 defeat over Mallorca. Real Madrid has 55% ball possession, 14 goal attempts, and 6 shots on goal. Overall, Real Madrid has recorded 59 goals, 44 assists, 441 shots, 196 shots on target, 64 yellow cards and one red card booking this season.
Key players featuring for Real Madrid are Karim Benzema and Sergio Ramos. The 32-year-old French forward, Benzema, is the team's highest goalscorer and league's second-highest goalscorer with 17 goals. He has also recorded 6 assists in 30 appearances, the highest for the team. 34-year-old Spanish defender, Sergio Ramos, is La Liga's best defender and best-scoring defender. He has recorded 8 goals for Real Madrid, 2nd-place on the team. In front of the net for Real Madrid is Thibaut Courtois. The 28-year-old Belgian national goalkeeper has allowed only 18 goals in 27 appearances and an average of 0.67 goals allowed per 90 minutes. He has also recorded 54 saves and 13 clean sheets.
In contrast, Espanyol is still struggling at the bottom of the table with 24 points, 5 points behind the final safe zone. Coming into this game, Espanyol suffered a humiliating defeat to 12th-placed Levante to record their 16th La Liga loss and 2nd winless game in a row. Levante has also recorded only 5 wins, and 9 draws this season. In their last time out, Borja Mayoral scored an early opener for Levante in the 14th minute, followed by Diego Lopez's header to secure an equalizer for Espanyol in the first half of the game. However, during the second half of the game, Enis Bardhi doubled the lead for Levante in the 67th minute. Finally, a late own goal conceded by Adria Pedro sealed a three-point win for Levante. Espanyol had 49% ball possession, 10 goal attempts, and 3 shots on goal. Espanyol has recorded 26 goals, 17 assists, 276 shots and 107 shots on target, 81 yellow card, and 2 red card bookings.
Raul de Tomas will make his 9th appearance for Espanyol. The Spanish forward joined Espanyol with a club record-breaking transfer fee in January. Raul has recorded 4 goals, 24 shots and 11 shots on target for Espanyol. Diego Lopez will make his 30th league appearance for Espanyol. Lopez has allowed an average of 1.69 goals per 90 minutes, 84 saves, and 4 clean sheets.
Espanyol has had only one win out of 28 meetings against Real Madrid since 2008. Real Madrid is a perfect defensive team. Their defense features Sergio Ramos, La Liga's best defender, and La Liga's highest-scoring defender ever. Real Madrid also has the best away record in La Liga, winning 8 out of 15 away games. On the other hand, Espanyol has the worst home game record, winning only 2 out of 15 home games this season.
Coach: Zinedine Zidane
Goalkeeper: Thibaut Courtois
Players: Daniel Carvajal, Raphael Varane, Sergio Ramos, Marcelo, Federico Valverde, Casemiro, Isco, Toni Kroos, Eden Hazard and Karim Benzema
Coach: Abelardo Fernández
Goalkeeper: Diego Lopez
Players: Adrià Pedrosa, Leandro Cabrera, Bernardo Espinosa, Javi Lopez, Óscar Melendo, Marc Roca, David Lopez, Adrián Embarba, Jonathan Calleri and Raúl de Tomás
Prediction: Take Real Madrid -232
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