Real Madrid have been boosted ahead of their clash with Espanyol on Sunday after rivals Barcelona dropped more points in the LaLiga title race.
Playing before their closest challengers again on Saturday as momentum continues to shift quickly back and forth during a packed post-Covid-19 end-of-season schedule, Barca thought they had earned a valuable three points at Celta Vigo thanks to a Luis Suarez brace, only for Iago Aspas to strike with a late free-kick at Balaidos.
That frustrating draw was enough to take Quique Setien’s side back to the LaLiga summit, but it means Real Madrid can open up a two-point gap if they overcome Espanyol at RCDE Stadium.
The struggling hosts have won only one of their four matches since the restart and currently sit rock bottom of the table, eight points adrift of safety with only seven matches left to play this term.
Date, venue and kick-off time
Espanyol vs Real Madrid will be held at RCDE Stadium in Catalonia on Sunday, June 28, with kick-off scheduled for 9:00pm BST.
Prediction: Espanyol 0-3 Real Madrid
Barcelona could not really ask for worse opponents as they look for Real Madrid to stumble, with their local rivals appearing destined for relegation as things stand having won just five league games all season.
This encounter pits LaLiga’s worst home team against the division’s best travellers, who are hoping to seal a fifth successive post-lockdown victory.
A comfortable away triumph seems inevitable.
Real Madrid’s 23-man squad for the game: Courtois, Areola, Altube; Carvajal, Militão, Ramos, Varane, Marcelo, Miguel Gutierrez, Javi Hernández; Kroos, Valverde, James, Isco; Hazard, Benzema, Bale, Asensio, Brahim, Mariano, Vinicius Jr, Rodrygo
How to watch
LaLiga and Premier Sports have confirmed that LaLigaTV will allow Sky customers to watch every Spanish top-flight game for free in June.
To get access to all the games, Sky UK customers should visit premiersports.com and register with the promo code BACKTOWIN. Non-Sky customers can also sign up using the same code.
With games due to be shown on TV on Channel 435 on Sky, fans can also live stream the matches online via the Premier Player app.
Pre-match coverage will start at 8:30pm BST.
Head to head (h2h) history and results
Espanyol were beaten 2-0 by Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu in December, with Raphael Varane and Karim Benzema netting for the hosts, who saw Ferland Mendy sent off late on.
Real Madrid also won both of last year’s LaLiga contests, 1-0 and 4-2 respectively.
Betting odds and tips
- Espanyol to win: 17/2
- Real Madrid to win: 4/11
- Draw: 5/1
- 3-0 Real win: 9/1
Odds courtesy of Betfair Exchange. Click here to find out more.
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