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What to Expect: Espanyol versus Real Madrid; favorite to win; and score prediction

The La Liga 2022-2023 season will be entertaining and exciting to watch as the Champions League winner Real Madrid is back with much confidence and with the additions of new faces making them the favorite once again to win La Liga title. Although the focal attention for this season is the rivalry between Real Madrid and FC Barcelona.

Real Madrid are coming off a pretty start as they won their first two games with a total of 6 goals made and currently at the second seed behind Villareal.  Having a strong start made Real Madrid a favorable team to win their match on August 28 against Espanyol. You can catch more of La Liga matches here!

Real’s questionable defense may hunt them against Espanyol

Is it undeniable that the current champion is the favorite heading into this game, but they will possibly be facing a rough match as the team is still facing poor defense that showed in their opening match against Almeria that made an early shock during the first 10 minutes of the match orchestrated by Largie Ramazani. Though the club won by scoring two consecutive goals in the second half.  

Real Madrid’s offense is one of a kind that fans must watch with their incredible attacking talent that they offer to every match, and if they continue this dominance – they won’t worry of endangering themselves by possibly losing the game. But again, Real Madrid’s defense is still subject to improvement and criticism. 

Real Madrid’s wonderful attacking performance will be display

From the past two games, Espanyol have had a rough time on keeping the ball on their sides, translating more possessions and more shots which hinders them to have a chance of winning a match just like their second game of the season against Rayo Vallecano 0-2. Despite having much percentage and passes, Espanyol faced poor offense and defense skills in terms of keeping the ball and creating more concrete and solid shots. Ahead of the matchup against Real Madrid, expect Espanyol to have a direct approach on the game and use every opportunity to score. Real Madrid will take time on keeping the ball and try to spell tactics and strategies to produce accurate shots, so they will possibly have 65% of possessions throughout the match. 

OBN Match Prediction: Real Madrid 5 – 0 Espanyol

Real Madrid will expect to dominate this game despite having a poor defense capabilities, the team had a lot of attacking pool talent to parade on this match led by Luka Modric’s experience and amazing offensive skill set that could lead them to oust Espanyol. There are also supporting casts in Karim Benzema, Vini Jr, and Valverde who both scored their first goal this season. Madrid is considered as one of the best and finesse teams in the world and they were expecting this game at ease, with no problems to face and make this match like a training camp. Though many are expecting Espanyol to score and at least challenge the champion with their counter-attack threat, it is still not enough to cause problems for Real Madrid as proven on the first match against Almeria when they make a comeback at the second half led by Vazquez and Alaba. 

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