Real Madrid have failed to win in their last two games, but their first defeat of the season, a 2-1 loss at home to Sheriff, will perhaps be the most difficult to swallow.
The hosts, Espanyol, are suffering and are in 14th place with six points, while Real are in first place with 17 points. The 11-point gap between these two teams reflects the disparity in quality, but Espanyol will be hoping to shock their opponents as they attempt to bounce back from a 2-0 defeat to Sevilla last time out. Espanyol has only kept one clean sheet in their previous five games and has failed to score in two of them.
Their one clean sheet came against Alaves, and they've conceded two goals in three of their last five games. Espanyol had one win and five losses in their previous eight La Liga home games, with five of the eight games ending in a scoreless draw.They had only one win in 27 encounters with Real Madrid coming into this game.
Real Madrid has gone two games without a win and will be aiming to get back on track here. They are one of only four teams in La Liga to have yet to lose a game this season, but with only a point separating them and third-placed Real Sociedad, they will be looking for a win to extend the gap. They've won five of their last seven league games and have 21 goals to their credit. Karim Benzema has been a vital player in terms of goal scoring, with four goals in four games. The Frenchman has also scored three goals in his last three appearances against Espanyol, and Real Madrid has won four games in a row.
Real Madrid are expected to put on a dominating display in this match as they aim to get back on track. They have dominated in recent matches against Espanyol, and the same is likely to happen here. Real Madrid will easily win this match, in my opinion.
Kickoff Time: This match will go down today at 3:15 PM Nigerian time.
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