Barcelona needs just two points from the remaining four rounds to be crowned champions, so Real Madrid can’t possibly hope to defend their title. What they can do is to defeat the other team from Barcelona, and extend their undefeated run over Espanyol.
Bet: Real Madrid
Odds: Pinnacle Sports 1.73
Despite the fact that the reigning champions lack motivation, the team put up quite a fight in the last two games and scored a total of 10 goals while conceding five. Both times Real Madrid played poorly in the first half and allowed their opponents to take an early lead, but in the end their formidable offense provided all three points. Mourinho should have an easier task against Espanyol, as his team won nine of the last 10 games without conceding a goal.
The hosts are sitting on the 11th place, at an equal distance from the relegation area and the European cup spot but they will still try to earn a positive result against Real Madrid. The visitors will be playing without Ozil, Ramos, Arbeloa and Marcelo as all of them are sidelined with injuries, and it is very likely for the Portuguese coach to keep Casillas on the bench once again. Espanyol will be missing Mattioni and Luongo with the second being their most in-form striker. In his absence, Malaga will field a 5-4-1 starting formation with Garcia upfront, and Stuani on the bench ready to replace the striker in the second half.
Pinnacle Sports is the only bookmaker offering odds above 1.73 for an away victory, therefore the only place where it is worth backing Real Madrid. Bold punters could aim higher odds of 3.30 for the visitors to win without conceding a goal, basing their wager on past performance.