Espanyol take on the visitors Real Madrid in the round 3 match of Spanish LaLiga. The match will be played on Sunday, August 28th at RCDE Stadium (Cornella de Llobregat).
Espanyol returned to the top level last season after a year-long stay in the Segunda. Wards of Diego Martinez Penas had a fairly solid campaing, which resulted in earnning 42 points - this was more than enough to take a comfortable 14th place in the final standings. So far, the new temporada is starting quite hard for the representative of Catalonia. With "Celta", the "parrots" showed character and were able to recoup, although until the 72nd minute they were losing 0-2. Joselu set a draw by converting a penalty already in the 8th added minute. But with Rayo Vallecano at home, the club was unexpectedly toothless, conceding from the guests from Madrid both at the end of the 1st and at the beginning of the 2nd half. So far, it turns out to keep, according to additional indicators, above the relegation zone. But at the moment only Cadiz and Getafe remain without points.
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Real Madrid have created for themselves, if not a problem, then at least a headache. Everyone understood that the legendary trio in midfield would gradually change. But the youngest of them, Casemiro, was the first to leave the Galacticos. The 30-year-old Brazilian responded to the invitation of Manchester United, and Florentino Perez, having received good compensation, did not resist. Formally, there are enough players for this position: only in this off-season, Tchuameni was acquired for a huge amount of money, another young Frenchman, Camavinga, has been playing in Madrid for a year, there is Ceballos in the clip and the most likely option, Valverde. Already on Monday we played without the usual defensive midfielder, and managed to beat Celta with a score of 4-1 in Vigo. This is already the 3rd victory of the team this season, before that they defeated Frankfurt "Eintracht" in the match for the UEFA Super Cup (confident 2-0), and put the pressure on the unexpectedly stubborn and frisky "Almeria" at the start (strong-willed 2-1) .
After returning from the Segunda, Espanyol was able to sensationally defeat the Madrid giants with a score of 2-1. But the wards of Carlo Ancelotti in April took a confident revenge with a score of 4-0. Bookmakers believe that now Real Madrid will leave Catalonia, replenishing its piggy bank with another 3 points. Given how unconvincing Espanyol is now, you can bet on the victory of the visitors from Madrid with a handicap of "-1 goal scored".
Prediction for the match: Real Madrid to win with -1.0 handicap.