On Saturday afternoon on 30 April, Real Madrid will take on Espanyol at the Santiago Bernabeu in round 34 of the Spanish Primera Division. The home side will clinch the league title with a full house and delight their fans with a convincing win. Full statistics and all current odds for the match can be viewed at 1xbet app android.
Carlo Ancelotti’s side top the standings with 78 points, 15 points ahead of closest pursuer Barcelona. The hosts are just one point away from clinching the title in the remaining four rounds. The Italian international’s Benzema (top scorer in the league with 25 goals) and Vinicius (14 goals) have amassed 69 goals, more than any other team, while conceding just 29. In the last 5 games of the Primera Division, the Blues have won all 5 of them. Last week, the Ljubljana side were defeated 1-3 away to stubborn Osasuna.
Last Tuesday, Madrid played their first UEFA Champions League semi-final, losing a dramatic 4-3 to Manchester City at the Etihad. Eden Hazard and Luka Jovic are in the club’s sickbay. Ancelotti has also said he will rest a number of leaders (including Benzema and Modric) on Saturday.
Vicente Moreno’s side are in the bottom half of the table (13th place), with 39 points from 33 games played and a comfortable 9-point lead from the relegation zone. “The Parrots scored 37 goals, a third of which were scored by forward Raul de Tomas (15 goals), and conceded 45. The team looked good in late autumn and December, scoring regularly and pleasing their own fans. However, as 2022 came to a close, something fell apart – they failed to win a single game in 8 games during the winter.
In April, the situation did not improve much, with the visitors suffering 3 defeats in their last 4 games. Last weekend, the Catalans lost at home to Rayo Vallecano 0-1. Only centre-back Oscar Gil is out of the club’s injured list.
The teams have already met each other in the first round of the current national championship, and then the underdog managed to sensationally win 1-0. However, the visitors failed to score in their last eight encounters at the Bernabeu.
Real Madrid vs Espanyol
The hosts will try to solve all questions about the title this weekend, focusing only on the Champions League. Despite the rotation in the squad, the Madrid side are perfectly capable of beating an unmotivated mid-table side at home. “Espanyol have been stagnant in recent rounds, struggling to mount a dangerous attack, and their defence is in chaos. I don’t see any sensation here, so we’re betting on a win for the home side.