My next European Asian Handicap Betting preview is between Espanyol and Real Madrid.
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Espanyol haven’t had the best of starts under new manager Quique Sanchez-Flores. The home side are yet to win a game, losing 6-4 to Sevilla and drawing against Malaga (2-2) and Real Sociedad (1-1) .
Against league leaders Real Madrid, they’re also unlikely to get their first La Liga win under their belts.
Espanyol have the worst defence in the league, having already conceded 9 goals in just 3 games. Against Real Madrid in particular the stats look terrible! The home side have let in 23 goals in their last 6 games against Los Blancos and I am expecting a fair few more on Sunday!
Quique Sanchez-Flores’ side have failed to keep a clean sheet in La Liga this season and now they’re taking on a team with one of the best attacks in Europe.
Attacking midfielder Marco Asensio (who had a loan spell at Espanyol last season) has impressed so far this campaign. He is likely to start alongside Cristiano Ronaldo and either Alvaro Morata or Karim Benzema.
Real Madrid have won their opening 3 La Liga matches against Real Sociedad (3-0), Celta Vigo (2-1) and Osasuna (5-2). Zinedine Zidane’s men have also scored 10 goals in the process! Realistically, Espanyol’s task should therefore be keeping the deficit to a minimum.
Last year’s Champions League winners did have a scare mid-week at the Bernabéu however. In their first Champions League game against Sporting they uncharacteristically went a goal down and it wasn’t until the 89th minute that they equalised through Ronaldo. In true Madrid fashion they even went on to win the match 2-1! Morata scored in the 94th minute and won the game at the death.
Real Madrid have scored at least 2 goals in 14 of their last 15 matches in La Liga and against a side that are defensively weak, expect a thrashing!
Los Blancos should win this game by 2 goals easily and therefore Real Madrid -1.5 on the Asian Handicap betting market looks real value.
Asian Handicap Betting Recommendation: Real Madrid -1.5 @ 2.16 with Pinnacle
Prices correct at time of writing.