In a bid to seal their 35th La Liga crown, Real Madrid host Espanyol at the Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday, April 30. The match will start at 7:45 PM IST (Indian Standard Time).

With a whopping 15-point lead over second-placed Barcelona, Real Madrid only need to avoid defeat on Saturday in order to successfully defend their title with four matches remaining. 

The job, however, isn’t going to be easy, as Los Blancos are expected to be without as many as seven players. The absentee list includes Eden Hazard, David Alaba, Casemiro, Luka Jovic, Mariano Diaz, Eder Militao and Nacho.

Real Madrid vs Espanyol odds for la Liga 2021-22

Real Madrid: 1.48

Espanyol: 6.80

Draw: 4.30

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Note: Odds are subject to change.

Real Madrid vs Espanyol recent form

While Real Madrid are coming on the back of a 3-4 defeat at hands of Manchester City in the UEFA Champions League, they have won three of their last five matches across all competitions. Considering their league run, they have beaten Celta Vigo, Getafe, Sevilla and Osasuna in each of their last four matches.

Espanyol, on the other hand, have struggled for results and have just two wins in their last five outings. In fact, since March to the current date, the team has won just three out of the seven matches they have played in the league.

Real Madrid: L, W, W, L, W

Espanyol: L, L, W, L, W

Real Madrid vs Espanyol head-to-head

Real Madrid and Espanyol have played a total of 31 matches in the past, with Real winning 25 of them. Espanyol have come out on top on just five occasions while one has been a draw.

Of these 31 matches, 15 matches have been played at Santiago Bernabeu and two of Espanyol’s five wins against Madrid have come at this venue.

Interestingly, Espanyol defeated Real Madrid earlier in the season, with goals from Raul de Tomas and Aleix Vidal securing a 2-1 win.

Real Madrid vs Espanyol prediction and tips for La Liga 2021-22

It’s easy to understand why Real Madrid are the odds on favourites to beat Espanyol on Saturday. The team is a mere win away from retaining their La Liga title and given the form they are in, they rightly expected to end up as the winning side.

Featured photo: AFP / Lluis Gene