Real Madrid v Espanyol Betting: Los Blancos to struggle against Catalan visitors

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With Zinedine Zidane's men struggling for form at the Santiago Bernabeu, Al Hain-Cole expects Los Periquitos to make life tough for them on Sunday

Real Madrid will be aiming to record a first home win of the La Liga season when they welcome Espanyol to the Santiago Bernabeu one Sunday.
 
Having drawn twice and lost once in their opening three league games on home turf, the champions are available at 1/9 (1.11) with dabblebet to get off the mark at the fourth attempt here.
 
Los Periquitos have lost just one of their last seven matches on the road in the league, but are hefty 20/1 (21.00) outsiders to record a first win on this ground since 1996. 

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None of the last 10 encounters between these sides have resulted in draws, but there are odds of 17/2 (9.50) available on them cancelling each other out on this occasion.
 
Despite winning more games and scoring more goals against this opposition in the league than any other, Los Blancos will probably go into this clash in a less than fully confident mood of easing to victory.
 
Having failed to come out on top in any of their first three matches of the season at the Santiago Bernabeu, they are currently enduring their longest winless streak in front of their own fans since 2011.

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Although draws against Valencia and Levante could be partly explained by the absence through suspension of Cristiano Ronaldo, the talismanic forward was back in the side when they suffered a shock 1-0 defeat by Real Betis in the most recent home game.
 
While replicated that shock win is probably asking a bit much, Quique Sanchez Flores will certainly expect his team to make life difficult for the hosts considering their recent struggles.
 
Beaten by a respectable 2-0 scoreline in both encounters last season, Espanyol are surely worth backing at even odds (2.00) to lose out by no more than two goals once again in the capital.

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