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Real Madrid-Espanol 2011: Espanyol vs. Real Madrid Predictions

Spanish La Liga giants, Real Madrid look to get back towards the top of the La Liga table on Sunday afternoon when they hit the road to the Cornella El Prat to battle it out with Espanyol.

Madrid went through a very early swoon this year, losing a clash at Levante 1-0 on the road and following that up with a dud of a 0-0 draw at Racing Santander. These are two teams that Los Merengues shouldn’t be dropping points to, especially knowing that there aren’t going to be many fixtures in which Barcelona is going to falter.

That being said, aside from that, there hasn’t been all that much to complain about. In the team’s first road fixture of the season, Real came up with six stars in a blanking of Real Zaragoza, and it also has a 6-2 win over Rayo Vallecano, and most recently, a 3-0 triumph over Ajax Amsterdam at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Cristiano Ronaldo already has found the back of the net seven times on this young La Liga season, and it is no wonder why he is considered one of the best footballers in the world. Of course, he isn’t nearly alone. Several stars like Sergio Ramos, Gonzalo Higuain, and the likes are on this tremendous side, along with one of the best net minders in the world in Iker Casillas.

This should be an interesting match for Kaka. The Brazilian only had one goal in the team’s first five fixtures here in La Liga, but the Real star came up with a huge game midweek in the Champions League against Ajax and could be a real threat to stay in fine form here on Sunday.

And then there’s Espanyol, a team which many figured would be mired in the middle of the table this year. Thus far, there has been no disappointment from that standpoint. There have been some decent home results, including victories over Getafe and Athletic Bilbao, but on the road this year, this team has been dreadful. the good news is that this one is at home, but the bad news is that the next three home dates are against Real, table topping Real Betis, and Villarreal. It could be a long drop to say the least.

Defense has been an issue for Espanyol. We do have to remember that two of the goals that this team conceded last week against Levante came from the penalty spot, and a lot of the damage came with just 10 men on the pitch.

This was a tight fixture last season, with Real Madrid eking out a 1-0 win on the road. We tend to think that this is going to be the same type of result on Sunday. Real is a goal and a half favorite at Bet365 Sportsbook, while the ‘total’ is set at a lofty 3.5, over +115.

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