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LaLiga: RCDE vs Madrid

Spanish 21:00 Real Madrid

Real Madrid will look for 5 consecutive La Liga victories as they arrive at the RCDE stadium to face Espanyol threatened to relegate on Sunday night. Los Blancos are currently at the top of the table, although Barcelona will have a chance to return when they face Celta Vigo on Saturday afternoon. Espanyol are 8 points worse with a safe area with only 7 matches remaining.

Espanyol has not been absent from La Liga since the 1993-94 campaign, but the Catalan side are in serious danger of falling to Segunda for the 2020-21 season. Indeed, a total of 24 points from 31 matches made them bottom of the table, 8 points behind the safe position. The Catalan club have only won 5 of their 31 matches this season, while they will enter this weekend's match after a consecutive defeat against Levante and Real Betis. The fact that Espanyol will face Real Sociedad and Barcelona 2 in their next 3 matches after Sunday's clash makes them even more unable to escape the red light group. Espanyol will not have Sebastien Corchia due to injury, but Leandro Cabrera and Bernardo Espinosa will both return after suspension and should start at the heart of the defense. Head coach Abelardo Fernandez is expected to make changes from the losing squad at Betis in the previous round, with Wu Lei, Raul de Tomas and Oscar Melendo returning to the starting lineup. David Lopez plays as a center-back against Betis but could be pushed into midfield, while Marc Roca, who continues to be linked with the summer departure, will also be present for the hosts.

Los Blancos has been in excellent form since coming back after the covid epidemic on June 14, having 4 consecutive victories against Eibar, Valencia, Sociedad and Mallorca. Zinedine Zidane's team is currently top of the table, 2 points ahead of Barcelona. Madrid have only lost 3 of their 31 matches this season, while they have the best defensive record with only 21 conceding, which is an indication of their strength this season, if won. The match they have the next clash with Getafe on July 2 is the hardest from now until the end of the season. Madrid have won the last 3 La Liga matches against Espanyol, but they lost 1-0 when they reached the Catalan team in the 2017-18 campaign. Luka Jovic, Lucas Vazquez and Nacho are still sidelined with injuries,