It is a matter of when and not if Real Madrid will be Spanish Champions as they are 15 points clear with just five games to play. Espanyol sit in 13th place and are firmly established in mid-table.
Real Madrid have an important game with Man City in midweek so may be tempted to rest a few players with the title sewn up. Their opponents come in to this fixture with back-to-back defeats and three losses in their last four.
At home, Madrid have not lost a league home game to side a side other Barcelona since January 2021 when Levante won here. On the road, Espanyol have struggled winning none of their last eight on the road in all competitions.
Six of the last Madrid matches in all competitions have seen both teams net this is three of four when looking at just league games. The road team are struggling for goals with just two in their last four.
Karim Benzema has a remarkable 25 goals for Madrid and 11 assists although it would not be a shocked if he is rested in this. Raul de Tomas is the leading scorer for Espanyol with 15 goals including two in his last four.
Real Madrid vs Espanyol: Match Stats
The hosts are likely to have too much for the visitors but this is unikely to be a high-scoring affair with rotation ahead of the Champions League game with Man City. Backing the hosts to win this and under 4.5 goals looks the play.
Such is the important of the second leg game with Man City in midweek heavy rotation is expected here for Real. Gareth Bale is one player who could feature here and he looks worth an interest to net the opener.