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Nic Ladds 28th Feb 2009 - 13:31

Giant killers Espanyol look for a Real scalp

After their derby win against Liga Primera leaders Barcelona, newly titled "giant killers" Espanyol will look to further their league campaign this evening as Juande Ramos' mighty whites - Real Madrid, visit Estadi Olimpic.

A tired Barcelona suffered their second defeat of the season to - at that point - the lowest team in the Spanish league last week and in doing so, dropped three vital league points.

A statistic which Real Madrid will be looking to capitalise on this evening as their league campaign gathers momentum after the sluggish start.

Real Madrid's season has been prosperous of late and tonight, Los Merengues will look for their tenth successive league victory as they visit the basque country & the match is live on Sky Sports Xtra from 9pm.

Madrid are priced at 10/11 for the 90 minute victory this evening which looks a sure thing, provided Espanyol - 3/1 for a home win, return to their usual form.

The only fact stopping this ‘sure thing' is Madrid's midweek Champions League defeat to Liverpool - which may be reflected in a tired performance this evening.

If this plays on the mind, the safe 90 minute draw can be backed with William Hill at 12/5, but Madrid are scoring plenty of goals at the moment with victories such as a 6-1 devastation of Real Betis & a 0-4 away pummeling of Sporting Gijon, you may want to be on the ‘Over 2' market in the total goals at 5/6 or possibly even the 2nd Half Goals market where 2+ can be backed at 11/10.

Real's latest hit-man, Klaas-Jan Huntelaar can be backed to strike first in this match at 9/2 - 6/5 to score at any point in the 90 minutes provided he starts the match.

A tempter at 9/2 may be Robben to hit the target at any point in the match, or if you really think it might happen - Nene to score at any point in the match for Espanyol can be backed at 6/1, but either way - Real Madrid will be the team doing most of the striking this evening.

Remember, as the whistle sounds and the action starts, the betting really gets going as this match is one of many covered by our betlive service where you can get involved in the action with the latest in-running prices. 

Espanyol v Real Madrid - 21:00 live on Sky Sports Xtra

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