Espanyol vs Real Madrid Team News
Zinedine Zidane has been rotating his squad heavily and making a number of unexpected selections since the restart and Sunday night is likely to see him shuffle his pack once more.
Nacho Fernandez, Lucas Vazquez and Luka Jovic remain sidelined with injury while Luka Modric is suspended.
Espanyol will welcome back centre-back Leandro Cabrera from suspension, while striker Raul De Tomas could feature against his former side although he did not look fully fit when he came on in midweek.
Espanyol vs Real Madrid Preview
Espanyol were beaten 1-0 at Real Betis on Thursday night, a defeat which left them eight points from safety with seven matches left to play.
Their total of 26 goals scored is the second-lowest in the division while Thursday night was the 12th time this season they have failed to find the back of the net in a game.
Up against Abelardo Fernandez’s men on Sunday are a Real Madrid side who have returned to action in strong defensive fashion, with Zidane’s men conceding just two goals in their four games.
Los Blancos’ have the best defensive record in La Liga and against a team devoid of any confidence and struggling for goals, there should be plenty of interest in backing them to keep another clean sheet.
Espanyol vs Real Madrid Tips and Predictions
The visitors are priced at 6/5 (2.20) to win to nil, a selection which has paid out in two of their four matches since La Liga’s return.
This bet has paid out in seven of Real Madrid’s last 11 La Liga victories and if Los Blancos are expected to win against the bottom team in the division, backing them to do so without conceding makes plenty of sense.
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