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Real Madrid nailed on certs for win to nil over Espanyol

| 21.01.2014

When Real Madrid travel to the home of Espanyol for the first leg of their Copa del Rey quarter final there won’t be many who’ll be expecting the Barcelona-based side to cause an upset.

Los Blancos’ epic win streak has much to do with that public perception, with seven opponents all crossing paths with Carlo Ancelotti’s side and leaving with tanned, losing behinds.

All in all, 17 games have passed since Madrid’s last defeat with only three of those matches ending in a draw.

It’s therefore plain to see why Real are the 1/4 favourites for yet another victory, with the draw at 17/4 and the hosts a 10/1 long shot.

So, while backing the Bernabeu side to win may not get you rich quick, it’s possible to find some more favourable odds in the win to nil market.

It’s 21/20 that Cristiano Ronaldo and co win the game while shutting Espanyol out at the other end, a bet that’s extremely solid for a number of reasons.

The last five matches in Madrid’s win streak have come to nil, with only one side actually managing to find the back of Diego Lopez’s net during their seven-game chain.

Widen the parameters a little further and you discover that Real Madrid have kept a clean sheet in nine of their last 11 games in all competitions.

What’s more, the men in white shirts have only conceded one goal in their last four trips to the Estadi Cornellà-El Prat, making this particular punt on a win to nil a nailed on guarantee.

For lovers of the correct score, Madrid’s recent outings in the Copa del Rey have provided a favourable trend for this match. All three of their last outings in the competition have ended in 2-0 victories and it’s 11/2 that a fourth in a row is played out in Barcelona.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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Matt Wiggins

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