Real Madrid - Espanyol Betting Preview: Why the hosts will win a low-scoring game

Our man at the Bernabeu, Phil Kitromilides, believes Real Madrid's final game of the La Liga season will be low on intensity but that Los Blancos should ultimately triumph
Real Madrid's domestic season ends this Saturday afternoon with the visit of Espanyol to the Santiago Bernabeu.

With the title mathematically beyond Los Blancos and the visitors assuring their top flight status last week, the principle motivating factor for both sides will be pride.

bet365 price Madrid as the clear favorites to overcome a side they have beaten three times already this season with Carlo Ancelotti's men offered at just 1/3 (1.33).

Espanyol meanwhile who were beaten earlier in the season 1-0 by Real Madrid at Cornella El Prat as well as in both legs of their Copa del Rey quarter final by the same scoreline, can be backed at 15/2 (8.50) with the draw available at 4/1 (5.00).

Despite their being nothing of great significance at stake, Cristiano Ronaldo is likely to start the last game before the Champions League final, given his quest to win the Golden Boot and his presence should help Madrid to a victory.

Naturally the game is a little tricky to call given Madrid are likely to rest some players and there will be precious little intensity on display from either side.

Madrid should win but do not expect a high scoring encounter so the price of 7/5 (2.40) for a home victory with less than 3.5 goals in the game looks tempting.

This bet pays out with a 1-0, 2-0, 3-0 or 2-1 success for Los Blancos and given the context of the match they look the most likely score lines.

Real Madrid to win and under 3.5 goals scored at 7/5 (2.40) for a 2.5pt stake with bet365

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