Real Madrid vs. Espanyol: Ancelotti's Men Are One Point Away From Winning La Liga

April 28, 2022
Benson Chikezie

La Liga 2021/2022
Matchday 34
Estadio Santiago Bernabèu, Madrid

Real Madrid Real Madrid
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Espanyol Espanyol

Shipping four goals against Manchester City was not what Carlo Ancelotti had in mind as his team traveled to Manchester. While the home side played amazing football and could have scored more goals, Real Madrid had a night to forget defensively, and it is a trend they will be hoping to avoid as they welcome Espanyol this weekend.

Real Madrid will take on the team from Barcelona in Round 34 of the Spanish La Liga on April 30, 19:45 IST. Madrid need only one point to seal another La Liga title, while Espanyol are desperate to record their first league victory away from home in 2022. Madrid will hope to win this game in preparation for the return leg of the Champions League semi-finals.

Teams Status

Here is the latest form and team news from Real Madrid and Espanyol:

Real Madrid Form and Team News

Real Madrid are high and dry at the top of the league, 15 points clear of second-placed Barcelona with five matches to go. They need only a point to seal the title as things stand. Real have been consistent this season, losing only three matches, with six draws and 24 victories.

Most of their success this season is down to the brilliance of Karim Benzema and, on a lesser scale, the individual brilliance of Vinicius Junior and the longevity of midfield trio Casemiro, Modric, and Toni Kroos. In particular, Benzema has plundered 40 goals in all competitions this season.

To injuries and suspensions, Real Madrid will be unable to feature Luka Jovic, Eden Hazard, and Mariano Diaz as they remain on the sidelines due to injuries.

Espanyol Form and Team News

Espanyol have lost three straight matches as they struggle to nail a spot in the top ten due to terrible form this year. The visitors have not won an away fixture in 2022, with two draws and four losses, and only won once in their last four matches.

The Barcelona side also boast the poorest away record in La Liga this season, with one win, five draws, and ten losses, and have not won away at Madrid since 1996, failing to score in the last seven losses. They have Raul de Thomas, who has scored 15 goals and provided three assists this season, and he represents their major attacking threat.

Espanyol’s only absence will be that of defender Oscar Gil, who is sidelined with an injury and will not make the trip to Madrid.

What Do the Sportsbooks Say?

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On the Parimatch sportsbook, Espanyol to win is placed at 3.40 odds, a draw is at 3.30 odds, and Sevilla to win is placed at 2.26 odds. On the sportsbook, Sevilla to win is placed at League leaders Real Madrid are strong favorites to seal their title victory against Espanyol, with the odds for their victory placed at 1.5, 1.48, and 1.47 on the Paripesa, Parimatch, and sportsbooks. The odds for a draw are at 4.48, 4.60, and 4.40 on all three sportsbooks, and a shock win for the away side is placed at 7.9, 7.00, and 6.80 odds, respectively.

Tipster’s Angle

Real Madrid have not lost at home to Espanyol since April 1996, winning seven of those eight meetings without conceding a single goal. Although Espanyol won the reverse fixture by two goals to one, Madrid are in enviable form at the moment.

Coupled with the poor away record of the visitors, Real Madrid may confirm their champion status this weekend as all they need is a point from this game. Here out the possible outcomes for Real Madrid vs. Espanyol:

Tip: Over 1.5 Goals @ 1.18

Real Madrid’s last ten games in all competitions have had at least two goals, and we expect Los Blancos to respond to their midweek loss in fine fashion. 

With Karim Benzema hitting his 40th goal in all competitions against Manchester City, the Madrid captain will be in the mood for more against Espanyol. Over 1.5 goals is available on the Paripesa sportsbook at 1.18 odds.

Tip: Real Madrid to Win @ 1.5

Los Blancos have not lost this fixture at home since 1996, and we do not expect that run to end this time. They will look to wrap up the La Liga race as soon as possible, providing the extra motivation they need to grab all three points this weekend. Real Madrid to win is available on the Melbet sportsbook at 1.5 odds.


The La Liga race is almost concluded, and Real Madrid will be itching to turn their attention to the Champions League, where they trail Manchester City by a goal. We expect a great football game at the Santiago Bernabèu.

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