Real Madrid head to Barcelona to take on Espanyol on Tuesday evening looking to register their fifth consecutive win in the league. Los Blancos will be without a number of key personnel for the match with no fewer than three first-team stars sidelined through injury. You can watch all the action via beIN SPORTS Connect
Marcelo, Luca Modric (Thigh) & Toni Kroos (Knee) will all miss the game and are all facing a race to fitness ahead of their last-16 second leg match against PSG in the Champions League. It means that the likes of Lucas Vázquez, Mateo Kovačić and Marco Asensio all have the opportunity to stake their claim for a starting place in Paris, something that is crucial for Zidane heading into the Espanyol tie.
“Everyone wants to play against PSG more than against other teams in the league, that goes without saying but if we think that way we’re wrong. The important thing is to feel that you have an important role in the team and if you play in 30 matches you have taken part in winning the league.”
Location- RCDE Stadium, Barcelona
Kick-off- 22:00 Mecca
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As for Espanyol, they are without a victory in seven La Liga outings and have drawn their last four consecutive games. Former Watford boss Quique Sánchez Flores revealed that based on form this season his team are more than capable of upsetting Real.
“We knew how to win At. Madrid and Barcelona. We did it and I think we are capable of trying again. Those of us who work every day know that we must continue on that path to change. We are aware of how important our rival is, as well as the difficulty, but we work daily to make that happen."
One stat that will make for grim reading for Espanyol fans is their dismal record against Los Blancos down the years. They have failed to win against Real in their last 22 meetings in all competitions, with the last victory coming all the way back in October 2007 when goals from Albert Riera & Raúl Tamudo gave the Periquitos a famous 2-1 win.
It certainly promises to be an interesting encounter when Real Madrid take on an Espanyol side who are more than capable of causing an upset. You can watch all the action live & exclusively via beIN SPORTS Connect or on HD12.