Real Madrid welcome Espanyol to the Santiago Bernabeu in Saturday’s Spanish La Liga clash, and could go four clear of Barcelona at the summit if they can come out on top. Real have the best home record in the division and will fancy their chances against a travel-sick Espanyol who have been below-par in recent weeks.
Zinedine Zidane’s Real Madrid side are currently top of the Spanish La Liga table with 49 points from 20 games, having won five of their last six. Real are one point ahead of second-placed Barcelona with two games in hand, and will open up a four-point lead with victory over Espanyol today. Los Blancos have picked up more points on home soil than any other side in La Liga this season, and are unbeaten at the Santiago Bernabeu too. Real enjoyed a 2-0 win over Espanyol in the reverse fixture earlier in the season, and should repeat the feat given their superior form.
As for the visitors, Espanyol are ninth in the division with 32 points from 22 games, having won three of their last four. However, away from home, Espanyol have lost two of their previous three and have been short of goals too. The underdogs could go level on points with seventh-place with a win this weekend, but given no league side have beaten Real at the Santiago Bernabeu this season, Los Blancos should dispatch of Espanyol.
Real Madrid will be without Sergio Ramos with a hip injury, Danilo with a shin laceration and Gareth Bale who is recovering from an ankle injury.
Espanyol will be without Papa Diop, Pablo Piatti, Víctor Sánchez, Javi Lopéz and Léo Baptistão for the trip to face Real Madrid.
With Real Madrid bearing down on the Spanish La Liga title and in fantastic form, a travel-sick Espanyol outfit are expected to fall short this weekend. Real have beaten the visitors earlier in the season and should make light work at the Santiago Bernabeu.