Here is the latest form and team news from Real Madrid and Espanyol:
Real Madrid Form and Team News
Real Madrid are high and dry at the top of the league, 15 points clear of second-placed Barcelona with five matches to go. They need only a point to seal the title as things stand. Real have been consistent this season, losing only three matches, with six draws and 24 victories.
Most of their success this season is down to the brilliance of Karim Benzema and, on a lesser scale, the individual brilliance of Vinicius Junior and the longevity of midfield trio Casemiro, Modric, and Toni Kroos. In particular, Benzema has plundered 40 goals in all competitions this season.
To injuries and suspensions, Real Madrid will be unable to feature Luka Jovic, Eden Hazard, and Mariano Diaz as they remain on the sidelines due to injuries.
Espanyol Form and Team News
Espanyol have lost three straight matches as they struggle to nail a spot in the top ten due to terrible form this year. The visitors have not won an away fixture in 2022, with two draws and four losses, and only won once in their last four matches.
The Barcelona side also boast the poorest away record in La Liga this season, with one win, five draws, and ten losses, and have not won away at Madrid since 1996, failing to score in the last seven losses. They have Raul de Thomas, who has scored 15 goals and provided three assists this season, and he represents their major attacking threat.
Espanyol’s only absence will be that of defender Oscar Gil, who is sidelined with an injury and will not make the trip to Madrid.