Real Madrid x Espanyol
- Real Madrid have drawn two of their last four La Liga matches, with Los Blancos needing to turn in some consecutive wins in order to gain ground on top spot.
- The hosts have, however, managed to net a cumulative 11 goals in their last three matches under the stewardship of Zinedine Zidane.
- Espanyol managed to end a long run of consecutive defeats with a 2-2 draw against Villarreal last time out.
Espanyol will miss Caicedo, Moreno, Asencio and Burgui, and also defender Victor Ruiz.