Spain: La Liga
Match start: 20:45 (GMT+2)
What top club can impress us by its unpredictability? The answer is clear – the defending champion of Europe Real Madrid. As, when there is no need Florentino Perez is buying all best football players who then warm the bench at Estadio Santiago Bernabéu.
But if is really necessary to strengthen the squad the royal club is absolutely passive during summer transfer market. The similar situation we observe also with the latest results of Los Galácticos.
Real Madrid (the head coach Zinedine Zidane)
During 6 last rounds of La Liga the defending champion of Europe had surprised the football world thrice. But even if the home draw against Valencia, bearing in mind champions traditions of this club is acceptable and tolerable, two other results of Los Galácticos in matches against Levante (1:1) and Betis (0:1) don't stand up to scrutiny.
But only 5 days passed away and the team of Zinedine Zidane had ruined Borussia Dortmund (1:3) at the greatest football arena of Germany.
Espanyol (the head coach Quique Flores)
Now by the results of 6 rounds the defending champion of Spain has 11 points and very low for Real’s status 6th place at the tournament bracket. And next rival of Los Galácticos will become the second by its status club from Catalonia.
Alas! Today Espanyol is pleased only with its stable position in La Liga and doesn’t claim for any Europa League berths (8 points, 12th place). Even despite the fact that such experienced coach as Quique Flores (Valencia, Benfica, Atlético and Watford) is working with the team.
The royal club is an obvious favorite of the forthcoming battle. But during 3 previous home matches against Valencia (2:2), Levante (1:1) and Betis (0:1) Real was also 100% initial favorite but at the end had scored only two points out of 9 possible. Bearing in mind this factor and also definite tiredness of the hosts after their visit to Dortmund it would be wise to bet on plus handicap + of the guests.
Real Madrid – 1.10, draw – 10.00, Espanyol – 23.00.
Our tip: Espanyol (Asian handicap +3.5) - odds 1.5 5Dimes