Los Blancos tend to have few problems seeing off the side from Barcelona and our Spanish tipster is backing that trend to continue at the Bernabeu
Following a successful first leg of their Champions League last 16 tie against Napoli on Wednesday evening which saw Real Madrid earn a 3-1 win, Zinedine Zidane's men turn their focus back to domestic matters and the visit of Espanyol on Saturday.
Traditionally, the Catalans have caused Madrid few problems, with the 11-time European champions winning each of their last nine matches against Los Pericos in all competitions, a spell of results that has seen the visitors on the end of some spectacular scorelines.
During that run of nine victories Los Blancos have netted 27 times, with Espanyol managing two score just twice, and the Barcelona outfit's last win at the Bernabeu came back in 1996.
This season, Espanyol have won four times on the road, but all of those victories have come at teams in the bottom half of the table and in truth, despite playing some excellent football this season, it would be a major shock seeing them pick up points in Madrid.
bet365 are live streaming the game for UK based customers and offer a home win at 1/7 (1.14) while the visitors are priced at 20/1 (21.00) and the draw can be backed at 7/1 (8.00) . There is no need to place a bet on the specific match in order to watch, simply ensure your account is funded and active.
As previously mentioned, this is a fixture which Real Madrid have utterly dominated and last season they beat Espanyol 6-0 both home and away. Things were a little closer earlier this season when they met in Barcelona, but ultimately Zidane's side were pretty comfortable in recording a 2-0 victory.
The market of course is pretty one sided in favour of the hosts, but backing Madrid to win with a -2 handicap at 6/5 (2.20) looks like a decent option.
This bet has paid out in two of the three home league games Madrid have played in so far in 2017, as well as proving the correct selection in five out of the last seven league meetings between these sides at the Bernabeu.